Last Wednesday, May 2nd, Concordia held its last convocation for the semester. This convocation was particularly interesting, in that, it was on the knoll and it involved horses. This convocation had a team of teachers and a team of students. Both teams were given a horse and told to collect objects to represent the things they thought were necessary for life. They then had to each take a turn carrying all of that plus an egg towards the final goal. Each team was encouraged to assign meaning to the horse and the egg as well as the other objects that were being carried.
This activity was then related in discussion to finals, stress, and balancing life. The students tried to carry a lot more than the teachers, and this is probably true in life as well. It is wise to realize that it is impossible to carry everything. It is better to do a good job with a few things then to try to carry too much and drop everything.
I didn't participate in the activity, but I still drew my own metaphors. I try to carry a lot, like spiritual life, family and friends, learning, eating, sleeping, schoolwork, and many other things. I noticed that the students tried to get the horse to help them carry the stuff at the beginning and gave up when they realized it wouldn't work, but the teachers didn't even bother trying. Because of this, the horse became the education system in my mind. When I first started school I thought that it was this great thing that would help me carry all the stuff I wanted to do, particularly learning, but really it's just another thing that I have to balance and drag along. The egg would represent integrity for me. I don't want to lose myself in order to get good grades and do what's expected of me. I don't want to waste my time. If I'm doing anything, I want it to be worth doing. I don't want to drop my integrity.