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Is THAT what You call Commitment?

Throughout your day, if you really think about it you commit to a lot. You commit to the outfit you’re wearing. You commit to wearing your seatbelt on the way to school/work. You commit to riding your bike or walking to work. You commit to your responsibilities at work. You commit to cooking supper or maybe choosing where to pick up something to eat. You commit to taking the dog for a walk or going to the gym. You commit to sleeping at night.

Do you think of it that way? Do you see your life as a series of choices to commitments you make?

Maybe I’m off… maybe your car is broken so you HAVE to ride your bike or walk. Maybe your favorite shirt is dirty so you HAVE to wear the other shirt. Maybe it’s raining out so you HAVE to find a different way of exercising. But really, don’t you still have a choice in committing to these things at a certain level?
I mean, you could call for a ride, you could pick your 2nd favorite shirt, you could embrace your exercising alternative… do you see what I mean?

I’m not saying that you need to walk around and high five everyone you pass on the street because you were “tasked” with picking up all of the dog poop at a recent volunteer event… but you could at the very least remain a pleasant human being. I think most people would agree that isn’t the best job in the world, but you are greatly appreciated for doing it. Pull up your big kid pants and put a smile on your face- after all, it’s only temporary!

There are other times when you choose to do things- like attend an after work event with coworkers. It’s up to you to be mindful and respectful of all of the others present with your conversation… meaning, you aren’t bashing those who chose not to come. And you aren’t negatively simmering over the fact that you showed up. You are simply there and enjoying whatever unfolds. Choosing to see the bright side of your choice and only worrying about yourself.

Commitment… what does it look like? In my mind, it looks strong. It looks reassuring. It looks positive. It looks attractive.

What does your commitment look like?



It’s time.

You did it.

You attended class. You took notes and studied them ruthlessly. You took exams and quizzes and filled out paper.after.paper.after.multiple.choice.question.
The time has come for you to walk across the stage, accept your diploma, and figure out what in HECK you are supposed to do now.

So… do you have it figured out?

Relax. I didn’t either.

When I graduated, I told my parents I wasn’t ready to “be an adult” yet. I wanted one more summer of fun, so I lightly looked for a job while working at a restaurant to pay the bills. I was “free” until my student loan payments kicked in 6 months later.

A REALLY attractive job opportunity appeared before I graduated, and I felt that there was no harm in applying. The problem came when they wanted an in person interview… and then offered my the position. It wasn’t even June, and my “plan to stay young” was completely FOILED!

Well… not quite. Luckily, I was able to negotiate a period of time before I started.

There’s never a “right time” to start looking, start applying, or start adulthood. You just have to jump at what speaks to you and allow yourself opportunities to succeed!

Now, what are you waiting for?


Don’t Forget to Sign up for Spring 2013 Intramurals!!!

MD1-Those GuysCan you believe it’s already almost January?! This means the Intramurals registration dates are quickly approaching. Joining the UND Intramu­ral Program is a good way to let off steam. From volleyball to dodgeball, RecSports offers a wide variety of activities in all levels of intensity. Whether you are a casual player aiming to have fun, or a fierce competitor with a viselike half-nelson, there is something for everyone.

You can also sign up for CHOICES to qualify for a rebate on your registration fees. For information regarding dates and registration, scheduling and rosters, the intramural handbook, and officiating opportunities, go to:

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