With the hustle and bustle of being in college it’s a wonder that we can even find the time to breathe. It’s crazy. Before coming to college I thought that I would have
A LOT of free time on my hands. Oh was I wrong. Very very wrong. It really is a whole new playing field here.

Despite the fact that college works you to the bone; we have to remember to give ourselves time. Yes you are a student but first and foremost you are a human. Humans are not programmed to work nonstop. Give yourself a break here and there. Most importantly, take that time to take care of yourself physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally.

I’ll be the first to admit that I packed on a lot in college. I certainly deserve a prize for spreading myself thin. I know that I am not the only one guilty of doing this.

Due to the fact that I worked nonstop I stopped taking care of myself. I found that I skipped meals because I didn’t have time for it. I would stay cooped in the library or any quiet spot poring laboriously doing homework without care for what time it was, if I’d eaten, or if I’d even stood up in the last some odd hours.

It wasn’t until I returned home for vacation that I noticed the abuse that I put my body through. I was wittled to the bone, I had eye bags that might as well have been hammocks. I was not the picture of health. I looked gross, really.

That was when I realized, what good is it to have a pristine education if I wasn’t going to be healthy enough to enjoy the fruits of my labors.

This tale isn’t meant to illustrate the horrors of college because really there is nothing horrendous in college. I was the one that spent every spare moment on schoolwork.

College is meant to be a moment of self-discovery. We always are witness to adults being nostalgic about their golden college years- when they were at their prime. We’re supposed to learn what it means to be responsible, it’s a training ground for the real world. In the real world there exists a balance between work and the time you give yourself to be human. Once you find that balance and stride, you’re set. You’ve struck gold baby.