Being that I am in a sorority on the Quinnipiac University campus we are given the opportunity to go to events on campus that are for the Greek community. Last week was considered Greek Week in which there were a bunch of activities and events involving all of Greek Life to be competitive; yet, it also brings everyone together in efforts to fundraise for our philanthropies.
One of the events we were given the opportunity to attend was a Greek Week Speaker named Hajii Otto on April 9th. Lauren Saunders and I decided to go to the speaker together because we were free that night and decided it may be interesting if it was available to all of Greek life. Upon our arrival, I felt very overwhelmed because the Burt Kahn court was filled with hundreds of students waiting to see whom this speaker is and what they have to say. Eventually we all sat down according to which Greek organization we are a part of and patiently awaited the speakers arrival.
Hajii Otto walked onto the stage and told us that he was going to give us a presentation on how to relieve stress especially because he knows finals are coming up and the semester is dwindling down. Immediately I thought that it was a huge mistake coming to this speaker, aside from being able to gain points that I need for my sorority requirements. Lauren and I looked at each other and both realized that it was going to be super boring and we were both hoping that it wouldn’t last the whole night.
Hajii Otto started explaining ways in which we could relieve stress through pressure points. When the crowd started to calm down from everyone talking to each other, I was able to actually understand what he was saying. He continued to tell us personal stories about how he used to stress so much about his workload and how he found ways to cope with it. I felt it kind of ironic that he was speaking to us about how to not worry about the amount of work we have to do, however, I was sitting there thinking about how much time I was wasting at this speaker that I could be doing work.
Although, I felt as if the presentation was a little longer than I would have liked, I am surprised I was able to actually get something out of it. On top of being able to learn a few things, Hajii Otto was very entertaining and definitely a character. I am really surprised he was able to keep the attention of a huge crowd of college students for over an hour!
The presentation got a little more interesting when he explained how the best way to relieve stress over specific assignments were to try and relate it to your own life and how it will help you in the future. Instead of stressing over the amount of work I had to do that night, I started to think about each assignment and how it will either relate to my life or enhance my life in any way. It was a lot more difficult for my elective classes but for the classes that I am actually intrigued about it helped. I was able to think about the work we are doing in the QU 301 South Africa course and be able to not stress as much because I know I am doing the work for a reason and that it is for my best interest.