I love college. However, I constantly have to struggle to find balance between school, sleep, a social life, clubs and extracurriculars, and time to myself. In high school, I had admittedly not much of a balance, putting most of my energy into school and extracurriculars. I wanted to make a conscious effort in college, however, to make the most out of my experience and have balance.
The illustration above is a minimalist depiction of the balancing act college students must do. This image doesn’t include work, school clubs, church, eating time, gym time, etc. Although I haven’t found it too difficult to fit in time for everything, I know it will my schedule will fill up more as the year goes on.
Case in point: This past week I had my first Chemistry test. I put the pressure on myself to do well because it was my first ever exam in college and I especially need to do well in this class because it is a science. I basically threw myself into studying for Chem and I have to admit, I didn’t balance everything as well as I could have. I procrastinated. I didn’t go to the gym. I missed my small group. I didn’t get enough sleep. All I could think was I have to get an A.
The time of the test came and as I went through it I was surprised. I put so many hours into studying and this test is still challenging. Was the study time even worth it? I questioned myself.
Looking back, I have to answer, yes and no. Of course I should have studied as much as I did, because school is a priority. Nevertheless, could I have spent an hour going to the gym. If I prepared earlier, I could have went to my small group. And I definitely needed to go to bed earlier.
I definitely don’t regret anything, but now I understand that no amount of reasonable studying will ever make me 100% for a test. It’s important to make time for other equally important aspects of my life. Moving forward, I will now try to be more intentional when it comes to how I spend my time, and not get caught up in the grade.