It’s the beginning of the school year and you likely have fewer hours of classes compared to last year. So, you’ve been looking into joining more clubs and applying for leadership positions, but you’re hesitant. What if you don’t have time? What if midterms go really badly and you have to spend more time studying for finals? What if your second semester courses are crazy busy? I’ll break it down for you.
Option 1: You apply for the position and get it. Congrats! Maybe your semester is busy, but you’re meeting tons of new people and now you have lots of new material to talk about during interviews. Midterms season is rough and you can’t remember the last time you used a stove. Whoever invented the microwave is your idol and you’d buy them a hundred coffees full of gratitude if you ever met them. Fortunately, your time management skills never stop improving and you finish the year feeling accomplished as you make a bucket list of extra-curriculars for next year.
Option 2: You apply for the position and don’t get it. I’m really sorry it didn’t work out, but at least you tried. You now have some more experience writing an application and maybe even keeping your stomach butterflies down for an interview. Maybe you knew your interview didn’t go well and have a list of things you’ll do different next time. Don’t get discouraged and just remember that when one door closes, another opens.
Option 3: You don’t apply. School is hectic, your family is going through some stuff this year, you got hurt over the summer and are having a hard time keeping on top of things, etc. etc. etc….It’s all completely understandable. However, if you were worried about what the future holds for you in terms of school work, then you may want to rethink your decision. What if your course load is heavy? What if it’s not? What if you get that other exec position you really wanted and you don’t have any more time? What if you don’t? You finish the school year feeling a little too well-rested after finals. Maybe you should have gotten more involved. You start thinking about what would have happened if you’d applied. Maybe you would have been turned down anyway and wouldn’t have to even think through these possibilities. Maybe you would have gotten the position. Maybe the club filled that position and offered you a different one that you’d never even considered before. There are so many possibilities of what could have happened that it’s tiring to think through it all.
So next time, don’t ask yourself “what if what if what if….”. Instead ask yourself WHY NOT.