Both my CSs called this week in varying states of wigging out over lack of time.
Freshman DD's mandatory new student seminar, which meets weekly, has extended class time for the next three weeks, which interferes with her private instrument lessons. She wanted advice on how to approach her professor, whose time is limited, about changing her lesson time. She also wondered if maybe she should give up her non-credit extracurricular French lessons, which I didn't even know she was taking on top of her 18 credits plus 5 hours a week of orchestra rehearsal (non-credit but required). I knew she was planning to take French lessons if she had time. . . I assumed since she hadn't mentioned it that she didn't have time. . . because she doesn't!
Senior DS's problems were crazier. I knew he was taking 20 credits to fulfill the requirements for both his majors, and that he was feeling overwhelmed between that and living off campus without a car. I did not know that he was involved in THREE clubs that meet at night and was auditing RUSSIAN (because apparently being fluent in Spanish, which isn't even his major, and taking six semesters of Japanese weren't enough of a thrill). Fortunately he was already contemplating dropping Russian and a 2-credit Spanish health class and one of the clubs. I heartily agreed. I also told him he needed to stay on campus and eat dinner there when he has clubs because he's wasting over an hour going back and forth on those days, not to mention trying to cook when he's in a tizzy already. He complained that studying in the library is too distracting - I asked him where he was studying and he said the French literature section, so I told him to go find the legal briefs or Congressional records section and study where the material is too boring to be distracting. And go to bed at midnight and get up at 8am and stop wasting time, darn it!
It's really funny what seems obvious to an adult but not to a hyperactive college student. Of course I'm glad they're not drinking or doing drugs, but when I hang up the phone with them, I just shake my head.