Let me start off by warning you that this lifestyle choice is most definitely not for everyone. As a matter of fact, it’s not really great for myself either, but here I am. Attempting to write a guide for the curious and ambitious.
If you ever want to feel good about yourself or feel overwhelmed, just take a look at my schedule this past month. You’ll soon realize that maybe life isn’t so bad. I’m not trying to say mine is terrible, but it’s A LOT to handle. It’s not even really the work that stresses me out, it’s the lack of hours in the day to do it all.
So, why did I choose to do so much this semester? To be honest, I ask myself this question all the time. I didn’t HAVE to take a heavy course load, I didn’t NEED to work 2 internships – but I did.
In regards to school, I did this to finish up my last full-time year of school and lighten my load for next year so I can work full time. The courses aren’t overly difficult, just time consuming. 3 x 7 = 21 hours of class. 21 hours solely dedicated to sitting in a classroom doing god knows what.
For why I decided to add 2 internships on top of this – well you can say I LOVE to be busy. It fuels my fire and keeps me motivated. I want to gain as much experience as possible to explore my interests before I need to commit to a specific industry or find myself in a certain job post-graduation. I think of it as ‘testing the waters’, gaining experience and expanding my knowledge outside the classroom. The ideal way a student should be occupying their time. Trust me.
So, how did I survive? How can YOU do it?
Time management, prioritizing, and most importantly – do what you love.
Keep in mind, that not everyone endures or handles stress the same. So even if I were to give you a detailed explanation of what I did this semester, it might not fit your needs or lifestyle. At the end of the day, you’re the only one that truly knows what is right FOR YOU. Don’t fear away from making changes to fit your particular desires.
Just like how I introduced in my other recent blog post, finding and sticking to what you love seriously makes the difference. There is NO way I could have done all of this if I wasn’t passionate about it. Sure, there are periods where I would find myself in a drought and question my ability to stay sane – but you’ll push through eventually.
The SECOND you find yourself questioning this passion and drive, it’s game over. It’s hard to recover and stay focused when the things consuming your life are unfulfilling or become a chore. So, the best way to truly do it all is to simply do what you love.
The biggest piece of advice I can give to anyone is find balance. Having this balance in life is essentially to manage both your mental and physical well-being. Find a healthy outlet in your life to release this stress or overwhelming tension. Think of it as your escape from reality, even if it’s for an hour a day.
I admit, this is an extreme case and probably wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. It’s a lot of sacrifice – less sleep, a lacking social life, and the constant questioning of what’s next? But it’s doable. You won’t be the same person when you walk away from it all – I’m certainly not. But we’ll save that for another post. For now, I’d love to hear your thoughts or experience of handling an overload of obligations. I can’t be the only one, and hope we can feed off each other to finally reach that light at the end of the tunnel! 🙂