EMU Blog

Sep 17 2012

When Life Meets Life

by Rachel Burford

In my past 17 years of education, there is one lesson that is repeatedly being taught: School and real life don’t mix well together.

Some individuals have two jobs, a family at home, car problems, relationships and then they put a full load of school on top of that. Professors and directors are constantly voicing how important education is and, while it is very important, it doesn’t change the fact that you have a million other things that are just as important and they are all happening at the same time.

So, what do you do about it?

You get a calendar and put EVERYTHING on it. Even if it is scheduling time to brush your teeth … simply map out your week! Then look and see what is extraneous (what is causing extra unneeded stress) and get rid of it! That leaves only the important stuff. Make sure to plan times for food and, if you can, give yourself one hour a day of nothing. Block it out in red, put a star by it, whatever you need to give yourself that one hour. When you’re on the go go go, sometimes you need to stop before you burn out.

Burn out is a very real and very serious problem for college students. It occurs when they take on too much to the extent that, half way through the semester, they’re walking zombies. So, take care to give yourself that one hour of “you” time. No kids, no homework, no stress. Just you. It may not seem like a lot, but, trust me, if I’ve learned anything in the past 17 years, it’s how that one hour can make a world of difference.

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