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Keeping Things in Perspective

It was a cool Tuesday afternoon, and I approached the tee with my seven iron in hand. I took a deep breath and cleared my mind of everything. As my club came down in a violent and shaky fashion, the ball shanked right and landed about 50 yards away from the green. After two attempts with a pitching wedge (the bane of my existence), I finally landed my ball on the elusive green. What would be a joke of a shot for any average golfer, took me two more strokes

Andrew Gutman
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Andrew Gutman
Andrew Gutman

It was a cool Tuesday afternoon, and I approached the tee with my seven iron in hand.  I took a deep breath and cleared my mind of everything. As my club came down in a violent and shaky fashion, the ball shanked right and landed about 50 yards away from the green. After two attempts with a pitching wedge (the bane of my existence), I finally landed my ball on the elusive green. What would be a joke of a shot for any average golfer, took me two more strokes… landing me a score of six for a par three hole. Simply put – I was playing the best game of golf of my life.

If you haven’t figured it out by now – I am no Rory McIlory. I signed up for golf “class,” and so far it has proven to be a nice release. Every Tuesday and Thursday, from 2:30 to 3:45 my best friend and I go play the par three course at Fenway Golf in East Longmeadow. We take our three clubs; the pitching wedge, a seven iron, and a putter, and spend the next hour playing nine holes of atrocious golf. However, it’s some of the most fun I have all week.

My senior year has, so far, proven to be no walk in the park. Like many of you, I carry a full course load. I balance that with my time in the gym, my friends, and running the paper… which on some days can be a full time job on its own.

My first few weeks were a major adjustment. I had to manage my time better, and keep calm. There were many moments when I just wanted to shut my phone off, lay down, and stay incognito. Since that isn’t an option, I learned to look at my schedule with a new perspective. Instead of stressing myself out over my packed Mondays, and Wednesdays… I learned to look forward to my seemingly relaxing Tuesdays, and Thursdays. I use this time to catch up on work, answer emails, workout – and, of course, work on my follow through.

You’re probably asking yourself ‘what does Andrew’s lack of golf skills have to do with me?’ Well, essentially, I’m reminding you too keep things in perspective. College is stressful, work is hard, and every once in a while we need to sit back and remember that everything is going to be ok.

Golf class is my time to be with my friend, talk about everything and anything not related to school, and try to beat my last score. Maybe your idea of relaxation doesn’t involve scoring a 48 on a par 27 course (terrible, I know), but  try and find something to look forward to. In the midst of your busy schedule, You may be surprised how quickly the weeks pass when you simply relax.

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