When I set my sights on obtaining my master’s degree there were many things that I had to take into consideration. How would I achieve this and still maintain my life and those things that are important to me? I call it a balancing act, for I must strategically act to keep my life in balance. I had to set a schedule and strategy in place that would allow me to dedicate time for worship, family, work and schooling. It seems like a lot, but it can be done with discipline first then dedication and determination. Attending Fontbonne with their flexible schedules and blended class options has worked perfectly for me.
On Tuesday I caught an early flight from Raleigh back to Saint Louis. I was in Raleigh, NC for a week visiting my boyfriend’s family and spent some time exploring the area. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I loved Raleigh! The city had a small-town vibe with the excitement and entertainment of a big city. I ended up falling in love with the city’s endless nature trails. My favorite trail was at Duke Gardens, a large and beautiful garden behind Duke University.
Before I left for vacation I admit that I was a little worried I would stray from my regular physical activity and healthy habits while on vacation. Despite my concern, I ended up staying on track with all the walking we were doing, plus I found other ways to stay active on the trip such as swimming and doing morning yoga indoors. I also discovered my boyfriend’s mom did personal training on the side, so she was just as in to fitness as I was!
That said, I sometimes forget that missing a workout or two won’t kill me. Nor will treating myself to “special occasion foods” (don’t worry, I did plenty of this!)
Trying popular local foods is one of my favorite things to do when traveling. We treated ourselves to the “best doughnuts in Raleigh” at Duck Doughnuts and had frozen custard another night (these were my two favorites during my trip). I won’t even mention that it was Glynn’s sister’s birthday that week, so we had ice cream cake too… (hey, balance in everything, right?!)
I had a great time on my trip, but it’s nice to be home and back to a regular routine… I hope I get to go back and visit Raleigh soon
(Top: Glynn & I at Duke Gardens; Bottom: Doughnut w/ Coconut and Rainbow sprinkles at Duck Doughnuts in Raleigh)
This week our topic is sharing your tips about balancing school life and work. Before coming to St. Louis last summer, I had two part-time jobs while earning my undergrad degree. To be honest, I was extremely thankful that I could have a very nice part-time job working as a front desk clerk in a senior residence. During the work, I could still read my books and do homework. Having 25 hours a week of working while being a student is tough. Earning extra money is important, but you need to make sure your academics are doing alright and you can keep them up as well! Nothing is more important than your academics since your degree will help you achieve your dream career — not the part-time job (I always keep that in my mind!). So, it’s important to make sure your job or even other extra curriculars don’t ruin your academic grades.
For me to relieve my stress from my heavy workload, I choose to go to the gym and eat something that I like since exercise helps your body produce endorphins, keeping you relaxed and happy I definitely encourage all of you try to explore exercise that you like and gather your friends to work out together!
Student life is hard, but it’s definitely worth it and will pay off in the future. Let’s work hard and play hard in this semester. We can get through it!
College can be crazy. It can be difficult at times to find the balance between academics, extracurricular activities, and your social life. Sometimes we tend to “over schedule” ourselves, which is never a good thing. Personally, I feel like there is one key tip that unlocks the perfect balance between all your commitments.
And what is it? Use a planner!
You’ve probably heard this multiple times, but I can’t stress the importance of using a planner enough! Mine is literally my life! I write everything down, from when my next test is to what I’m doing this weekend. I feel that I have to jot down all my responsibilities for the week, because there is no other way I’m going to remember any of them.
As far as what type of planner I like to use, I prefer a traditional planner that allows me to write all my notes down with pen, but you don’t have to use what I do! A lot of people will use the calendar on their email to keep straight what they have going on and on what days. Or you can use the calendar on your phone, which might be a more convenient option because we always have our phones on us!
Whatever type of planner you use, get into the habit of using it on a daily or hourly basis. It will make your life so much simpler!