School has always been a “pick and choose” battle for me. I love being social, but at the same time I can’t do all the things I want to do and still put the focus on school that I need. If I hear about a function on campus, my first thought is, “Oh I am so there!” Missing out on a good time with my friends and hearing about how much fun they had after the fact is the pits!
On the other hand, my grades are also extremely important to me – some might even call me a slight nerd (a cute one, of course). The beloved library and I are BFFs. We spend a lot of special quality time together over homework and hot tea.
So how can I socialize, play a sport, be in organizations and balance a competitive GPA, all while maintaining my sanity? PRIORITIZING! The reason I want to do everything and be the best in school is because I don’t want to regret not exploring all opportunities available to me. I realize that it’s not about trying to cram everything in your life so you feel like you “lived life to the fullest,” but it’s about making what you do count.
Let’s be realistic, you’re not going to be able to say yes to every opportunity that presents itself to you. No matter what you do, there are only 24 hours in a day and you need to sleep at least 6-8 of those hours. Sometimes you have to learn the power of saying NO and figure out what is most important for your future and your health.
Know what you’re there for – For me, I know academics are my number one priority (besides family, of course). Academics are the whole reason I attend college, so that is what I know the majority of my time must go to in order for me to succeed.
Know what will impact your future – I know that school and meeting people are things that can help me in my future. A common phrase is “It’s not what you know, or who you know, it who knows you.” I want to make sure that I make a positive impression to all my classmates and be known as a hard worker who can brighten up any room with her personality.
Know the purpose – I know that I never want to do things half way, and I want to make it all I can. Giving my all, whether it is physically, emotionally, or intellectually, I know that I am going to make an impact somehow.
So, my piece of advice is to have fun, but look for the purpose in everything that you do. Make every single move you make strategic and, above all else, make it count!
January 15, 2015
Eloquent & Educated