November 16, 2016

Collegiate Perspective: The Tightrope Called Life


The life of a college student today is like walking on a tightrope. We are constantly trying to balance a heavy course load, jobs or internships, extracurricular activities and our social calendar. However, there are only 24 hours in a day, and sometimes managing our busy lives seem impossible. I know I do not always have my busy life figured out, but I have gathered tips and tricks that help me stay afloat and enjoy each day.

1.      Get a Planner or Organizer and Write Down Everything
This is by far the most helpful tactic to managing a busy life. I prefer to have a planner and write everything down, from important assignments to lunch plans. It may seem like a lot, but it truly works. Writing it all down and seeing what my day or week will look like helps me better manage my time. There are many alternatives too. Many apps are specifically designed to help keep your life stress free by sending you alerts and reminders. Whichever method you choose, stick to it, because it will make a difference!

       2.      Prioritize
Once you’re able to see all the things that need to get done or places you need to be, the next step is prioritizing. Your priorities may look different depending on the day and that’s okay, you just need to decide what needs to get done first and then move on from there.

3.      Get Rest
Another vital tip is rest. We all have heard our professors say how all-nighters will not benefit you. Having personally only pulled one all-nighter in my college career, I would have to agree. Rest is key to being able to put your best foot forward in every aspect of life.

4.      Say No
The majority of us could probably agree that we are over-committed. We always have good intentions but sometimes that is not enough. Once you plan out all your work and activities, then prioritize what needs to get done first, you still might not be able to do everything. That’s not a bad thing, it just indicates there’s probably too much on your plate. I have always believed it’s better to be great at something than to be average at everything. Learning to say no will also help prepare you in the long run for not settling on an average job or other opportunity, because you know there are better ones out there.

5.      Treat Yourself
As I have said, as students we are constantly working and going so it is important to take a step back and treat yourself. This can simply be buying yourself a pick-me-up latte in the middle of the day or watching an extra episode on Netflix to let your mind rest. It can even be something like going on a jog or to a fun exercise class. Whatever you enjoy, do it, and remember that you earned it and then keep moving forward.

6.      Let Your Best be Enough
There are times when you just won’t be able to make that “A”, or get that amazing job or even be able to go to the super cool event everyone has been talking about, and that’s okay. These will never be the end of the world and the sooner we learn the best is all we can do and give, the better we will all be for it!

7.      Encourage Your Sisters
Be there for one another! We are all struggling to balance along this tightrope together so call up your sister when things get hard and encourage each other! As a sisterhood we were created for exactly this, so utilize the wonderful women you have around you who only want to see you succeed.

Mikayla Tencer is a collegiate member at the Kappa Alpha chapter at UNC Chapel Hill. To learn more about Mikayla, click here.




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