by Valeria Tirado
During my first year at Rutgers, I didn’t really get involved in much because I wanted to put all my effort into school. Here I am, two years later, and I think it was quite foolish of me to think I could make it through 4 years of college without getting involved in anything besides my schoolwork!
College is a time to experience new things but it can also be a time where you’re stressed out way more often than not. Some of this stress can come from having a lot on your plate, and while it can be hard to manage, it is definitely doable.
Make a Schedule
For the past couple of years, I have been using a schedule to keep track of pretty much everything. I start by putting in my classes and exams, then I make time for homework, and everything else comes after in the time slots I have available.
Time seems so limited when you’re a college student and I can’t stress how useful it is having a schedule that has all the things you need to do and the ideal times to do them.
When I make my schedule, I make sure to put in the activities that are top priority first and then I schedule the less important things around them. Always make a list of what’s most important to you and generally you should spend more time on what’s at the top then what’s at the bottom.
Also remember that as a college student, school should always come first!
Know Your Limits (and maybe go beyond them)
You may think you can handle doing ten things at once, but it’s okay to admit that you can’t. Taking on more than you can handle is never a good idea and will only result in more stress.
If you find it really hard to handle school, a job, and three clubs then maybe consider quitting a club or putting fewer hours in at work. On the other hand, if you are really motivated to commit to many things at once, then don’t give up without giving it a try first because you never know what you’re capable of.
Before college, I didn’t think I could handle going to school, having two jobs, and being on a sports team, but I pushed myself and I manage it all very well now without too much stress. Everyone handles different workloads so just find the one that’s right for you.
Remember: if you ever feel too stressed out, it’s okay to admit you can’t do it and maybe drop an activity.
Remember to Breathe
At the end of the day you always have to remember to just breathe. The one thing more important than your schoolwork is your health and you don’t want to make yourself sick just because you got too stressed out.
School is important but don’t let it control your life; make sure you have some fun too. If you feel like you’re taking on too much, just take some time off for yourself and figure out if all the activities you’re doing are really in your best interest.
Remember that school should be your first priority, but definitely not your only priority.
Valeria Tirado is a junior at Rutgers University – New Brunswick with a major in Environmental and Business Economics and an Anthropology minor. She plans to get a Master’s from Rutgers in Food and Business Economics and attend NYU Stern for Economics after graduation. Valeria is the captain of her intramural volleyball team and can be found on Twitter at @valeriat94.