Staying Active, Keeping Occupied, and Other Such Ideas

I’ve always had an intimate relationship with chaos. Since middle school I was attracted to being involved in more activities than I could bare, as well as staying occupied at home. Between taking ballet classes, participating in Girl Scouts, volunteering at church, signing up for gymnastics lessons, and doing school sports I could hardly keep up with the advanced placement classes I took in the younger years of my life. But, for some reason, I loved the on-the-go feeling of never taking a break. And I still do.

Even in college I’ve managed to land myself in the same situation. I’m the marketing branch of JCC’s Student Senate, I’ve volunteered to be the Secretary of the Newspaper Club’s Jamestown Junction, I’m on a committee for organizing the upcoming “Strides for my Mind 5K,” and [as you can see] I’m a Student Voices blogger. Among all of this I take five college courses three days a week, take a biology lab course on Wednesdays, am an unofficial member of a club at Saint Bonaventure University, have two jobs, and exercise during my so-called “free-time.” What a life, huh?

I can’t say I don’t love “just chilling.” Who doesn’t? But I believe that one of life’s purposes is to do what we love and fall in love doing it. If you don’t surround yourself or actively participate in things that interest you then, well, life would be boring. I love doing what I do because it’s a passion of mine to help others, and I fall in love with the success I feel when I accomplish these things. I encourage others to find activities they’re passionate about too. Trust me- you’ll find time to love it!

Collage of several pictures, one of a student with galsses, two of two different groups of students, and one looking down at four peoples' shoes

For more information on the “Strides for my Mind 5K” please go to:

To register for the race please see: and search “Strides for my Mind 5K”



About the author

Taylor Kickbush

Aspiring fashion journalist, freelance photographer, and lover of running-my name is Taylor Kickbush. Being a 19-year-old sophomore at Jamestown Community College, I find it hard to believe that my associate’s degree in communication is in sight and adulthood rests just beyond the horizon. At this point in my college career, I have discovered that JCC offers wonderful opportunities to create friendships and network with valuable career professionals from (literally) around the globe! As a prospective internship awaits my attendance in London, England this spring, I plan to trek the UK and represent JCC with all of the workplace etiquette its classes have taught me. Every day I feel one leap closer toward successfully achieving my dreams, and one day I hope you can say the same. In closing, I thank all those who read these words as I write about the everyday obstacles we all hurdle on the route to our becoming who we want to be.