By Julia S. | December 5, 2012
FOMO = Fear Of Missing Out.
I first learned this acronym while studying abroad. I have no idea how mainstream the term for this phenomenon is, but when one of my friends in Spain told me about it, I had a baby-sized epiphany of how very real FOMO is.
I never used to have FOMO. In high school, I had absolutely no problem doing school, going to ballet, coming home, and going to bed. Yes, I hung out with friends, but it was pretty chill—we were a tightknit group and didn’t branch out much. Living my 20+hours-of-ballet-a-week dancer life, it was just easier to be around the people that understood it and shared it with me.
Well, college changes things. I am in love with how big Ohio State is, but it definitely doesn’t help FOMO. When there’s so much going on, you can develop this need to be a part of… everything. Every event, every party, every gathering, every everything.
That was too many every’s, but you get my point.
If you start listening, you’ll find you hear this all the time:
“I don’t really wanna go, but I feel like I have to… I don’t wanna miss out on anything.”
Or some variation on that theme.
This might be something to keep in mind as you embark on/continue your college journey. Don’t try to go to every party, or every club meeting, or every campus event. That would be exhausting. Involvement in student life at OSU is FLIPPING FANTASTIC. But cut yourself some slack—you owe it to your mental health to take a break every once and a while. Quiet nights in are not lame. They too can be awesome on occasion. So don’t let FOMO drag you down. Go to stuff you want to go to, and don’t worry about the rest! There will always be next time.
Because let me tell you, Ohio State is always buzzing. There is literally never a shortage of things to do here in C-bus. Ask anyone, seriously.
Awkward transition to talking about finals. I’m not too worried. I try to take things pretty easy during finals week. I’m always much more stressed at the beginning of the term when there’s all this work waiting to be done, but now, it’s just exams left. In the end, though, I think I’ll miss this fall’s classes. I’ll especially miss my psychology professor’s great one liners. That guy was hilarious. I’d share some with you, but then I’d get self-conscious that you didn’t think they were funny, and then get flustered and say something cliché like, “You just had to be there.” Which is probably true. Moral of the story is that I recommend taking a social psychology class.
Rude Awakening: And so the first semester ever of Ohio State draws to a close. *Looks self over*: Not the easiest time of my life (understatement), but I guess I came out relatively unscathed… minus the fact that I ended up almost exclusively writing papers by pulling all-nighters. Eh, water under the bridge. Sorry Mom and Dad.
Pleasant Surprise: Ohio State is making amends to the block system! I couldn’t be happier that OSU took student input seriously and is adding a smaller meal plan (as you may remember, I am drowning in blocks). They’re also refunding 3/5 of the cost of every unused block for this semester, which is something they definitely didn’t have to do. But it’s very much appreciated.
In firm friendship,
Julia Rose S.