February 17, 2017 | 5 Comments I want more time to myself. I live in a room with two other guys. I share 5 showers and 3 bathroom stalls with upwards of forty dudes. Since coming to VCU, I have had little to no time to spend on myself. I feel that this is harmful to my development. I need to read things. I need to continue to better myself. This is very hard to do when you’re shoved into a human filing cabinet. I constantly find myself being roped into the activities of my room mates and hall mates. I’ll be in the room, doing homework, reading, or playing music, when I’m asked, “Hey, wanna go and _____?”. It is much easier to accept the invitations rather than continue going about my own business. This is surely my fault as well, but I know things would be different if I had my own room with a door, and did not live on campus. I would be able to spend time on myself. I would be able to learn things and develop my beliefs and personality. I would be able to write music and become a better musician. Spending time on yourself is essential to personal development. I would be an entirely different person today if I did not value my alone time and use it to better myself. I am much more able to focus and actually be productive when I am alone. I find that my concentration is broken by other people daily, often times multiple times per day. I also often feel that my brain is constantly “on”. I rarely am able to give myself a chance to recuperate or unwind with my current living arrangement. I believe all of us should spend time on ourselves so as to develop our own beliefs and not fall into the trap of the mob mentality which can be so easy to do on a college campus. Make time for yourself. Don’t let yourself become the same person as all of your peers. You are valuable and you are different. You do not share all of the same experiences with your peers, and this is not only okay, this is preferred. We are able to be great because of our differences. We are able to use our differences in order to solve bigger problems which one person may not be able to solve on their own. Be your own person. It will pay off in the long run.