This semester takes the cake.
It is a well-known fact in the college world that the assigned reading is rarely read in its entirety. Most of the reading may be done, but the last 20 pages for each class will be skimmed. Or perhaps a student will read three of the assigned passages, and then hope to all hope that the fourth passage won't be covered this week. Or in that one class, the student will cower in the back so that the professor will overlook him or her.
This year, knowingly or not, every one of my professors has targeted this problem with one little statement:
We will have a weekly quiz on all of the reading.
I will not be giving you a study guide for the midterm covering the reading that you do, therefore you must read everything very carefully.
Humor me and allow me to outline my semester.
I have 6 classes. For one, I must write a journal entry for every chapter of the New Testament. For three, each week I am assigned reading in multiple church documents and encyclicals, as well as various religious books and Bible and Catechism passages. For another, I am to make three high-quality animated videos (one video promoting that Professor's book) using technology that I've never used before. Multiple classes involve semester-long projects and long papers.
I am on Liturgy Committee. This involves weekly meetings, going through all the chapel's linens and sending them out for dry cleaning each week, and training new ministers, as well as organizational-type work.
I work. 7 hours a week.
I'm in household. This means I have weekly commitments and semester-long projects to help with.
I'm committed to a weekly holy hour and attempt to maintain a somewhat consistent prayer life. Obviously this is a good thing. But it's still another thing on the calendar.
In the midst of all these, I am attempting to write a decent first resume to send to a company for summer employment. Today, I was approached by a professor who asked me to pursue an internship for a certain kinda-large Catholic website (it sounds like an awesome internship!). And oh, did I mention that I have friends? Yeah, sometimes I like to see them.
I keep having to re-think my priorities and my possibilities. What's really important and what can I put off for the time being? What are those things which God is clearly putting in my path because I am supposed to follow them, and what is He showing me as something that I could do. They're very different, those two choices. And it's not always easy to figure out which is which.
Honestly, though, I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm blessed by these choices and by the multitude of opportunities that lie ahead of me. Although it's more than once a day that my busy schedule forces me to step back, say "Uff-dah" and take a deep breath, I relish those deep breaths as chances to maintain awareness of my limitations and my humanity.
If this is what growing up looks like, bring it.
I welcome it with open arms and heart.