Ever since I can remember, I have been go go go. I never seem to slow down or have a break. I love this aspect of my life. I hate not having things to do and my friends and family will tell you that I do my best work and am my best self when I have many things going on. Honestly, when I have many things going on, I sleep better, I eat better, and I am just on my A game.
Although some people may not do well under pressure, stress and deadlines give me life, rather than drain me. I work three jobs right now and go to school full-time. I am working very hard to keep my grades up and my performance at my jobs at the highest level possible. Although I may be stressed out and have to go from place to place all day and night, I am able to stay on track and accomplish my missions and tasks.
My planners are my best friends. I have two planners that I use every day: one for my school work and one for my personal life, appointments and work schedules. Having a lot going on, I am preparing myself for my future. I plan to have a family, work, be involved in groups and organizations, and maintain a social life. This is teaching me how to manage my time and learn to handle all of the tasks that people ask me to take on. The most important thing a person coming into college needs to learn to do is time management.
Time management allows me to get everything done on time and manage to have time for myself. This does allow me time for leisure, I just plan it out. Moreover, this planning allows me to have flexibility because I know all of the things I have going on so I am less likely to cancel appointments and meetings and I am able to be the most responsible.
My advice is that if you are struggling with time management, get a planner and take the time to plan out your time. It sounds silly, but taking the time to plan out your week every Sunday or Monday, you will be able to know what are you doing for the week so few things will surprise you! Take the time to plan your time because time is valuable and time is money!
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! 🙂