I have previously blogged about the daily schedule of a typical Alma College student and what a typical day looks like for me. I have also taken time to explain how Alma students like to be involved in all the things, all the time. Lately I have begun to learn that it doesn’t always have to be like that. Let’s rewind and take another look at a typical day in my life as an Alma College junior.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
8am – Rise and Shine. A cup of coffee and breakfast bar to go. Finish up homework that is due at 9:30.
9:30am – MTH 116 – Statistics
10:30am – POL 111 – Comparative Politics
11:20am – 10 minutes free time – go grab a cup of coffee!
11:30am – ENV 110 – Environmental Geology
12:30pm – Lunch to go!
1:00pm-4:00pm – Work at Communication and Marketing
4:00pm – Quick 15 minute nap.
5:00pm – 10:00pm – RA Group Processing for Incoming RAs for 2014-2015.
10:00pm – Dinner
10:30pm – Homework and Reading
11:30pm – Zzzzzzzz….
And truth be told, I would consider Tuesday to have been a less busy day than others: more than some, but still less than others. What you don’t see through that schedule is that there were two other things I was responsible for attending that I completely missed due to time conflicts. I was supposed to work from 7-9 pm, which I got covered because I knew about group process. I also had an executive council meeting from 9-10pm for Alpha Phi Omega, and I did not make it to that either.
I’ve always been told that people really respect how when I commit to something, I do it 100%. However, missing a meeting and having to cover work isn’t really 100% or even 90% for that matter. I am letting myself down and letting others down, and that is something I am not OK with. However, I am the type of person who has a hard time admitting when I am in over my head or when I need a break. I do not like to resign or step down or let go of things I am involved with because I truly am passionate about everything I do. But sometimes something has to give.
I’ll be the first one to tell you that I am not the most credible person to be telling you that it is OK to let things go. I have yet to actually let anything go, but I know that the time has come. So I am writing this blog as a goal-setter.
I know that letting something go is something that I need to do for myself, and I need to do it soon. I need more time for my homework, more time to truly fulfill the duties I have taken on and I need more time for me. I am 20 years old and only have one more year of college left ahead of me. It is time to start looking forward. What comes next? More school? Summer internship? Enter the job force? Those thoughts take time. I need the time to begin planning for my future, otherwise when I finish here next April I’ll have no idea as to what comes next.
But what makes the cut? I am involved in so many great organizations that do so many wonderful things. I am working several jobs, all of which I enjoy (and I enjoy making money!). I have made so many friends in so many different things I have taken part in throughout my time here at Alma, and to let any of them down is not a good feeling. However, neither is letting down myself.
This is a personal message to myself, but also a challenge to every college student, everywhere: Make sure to make time for you.
My biggest stress reliefs are sitting down with some reality TV or a romantic comedy and a nice big cup of coffee or tea, or heading off campus and going for a drive. If I don’t take some time to do those things once in a while, I find myself feeling burnt out and want to do nothing else but take a nap. Also, it’s OK to spend a weekend away from campus. Go home; go visit people at a different school. Do whatever makes you happy.
I can honestly say that throughout my time in college thus far, one of the most important things I have learned is time management. Now I am learning that it is ok to say “no.” Ironically, as if I didn’t have enough already, it takes time to learn time management and it takes time to learn when to back down. It takes courage to admit that something has to go and in the end all that matters is you.
The time is now. Face yourself, and do what you need to do to be the best you can be.