By: Kirsten Mann, Marketing and Communications Intern
One of the biggest struggles a college student faces is finding the time to do everything. When you go off to college and begin your life there, you’re excited about all the freedom you have to choose what you want to do. You get comfortable being able to decide how you want to go about doing things, not having a parent or guardian telling you what to do, such as chores and/or homework. It takes a good couple of weeks to adapt to holding yourself responsible for getting yourself to class since there’s no one there to make you go, except the lingering thought that you’re paying for the opportunity of a better education. Once you finally get comfortable with your schedule, a new semester begins, which means a new schedule and further adjustments.
It wasn’t hard to adjust to going to classes everyday, or getting myself to go. The hardest part was trying to find time to do homework, eat, exercise and have a social life, especially when I got a job my senior year. You’re probably thinking, “it was hard finding time to eat?” Believe it or not, I skipped many meals because I didn’t have the time to make a proper one. I tended to snack more than actually eat a full, nutritious meal. This resulted in my energy levels being lowered, leaving me not wanting to do anything by the end of the day, including exercise.
Part of my daily routine (now) is going to the gym and getting a workout in before dinner. Before my junior year of college I struggled fitting the gym into my routine because I made the excuse that I didn’t have time due to homework. I was tired all the time because I went to bed late and woke up early; it just wasn’t healthy… I wasn’t healthy. Every year seemed to get busier and I had less and less time to do things. My last year meant that more of my free time would be consumed because of my job, classes and internship; I knew I would have to adjust myself to a busier schedule than what I was used to. It wasn’t an easy adjustment, but I knew I had to do what was best for me, so I made the time to incorporate a healthier lifestyle.
By the end of my senior year I started eating 3 full meals a day and sleeping at least 8 hours a night; I finally started to feel like myself again. I had a better attitude about my classes and about waking up in the morning. I didn’t procrastinate as much and felt like I had more energy to get things done. I still have my lazy days on the weekends, but I make up for it by keeping busy during the week. It took me all four years of my college career to figure out a schedule that worked best for me. I learned to be more flexible and more willing to make time in order to benefit myself as a whole in the end.
College is all about making time to do the things that you think are important and that need to get done. Your college career isn’t about finding the time; it’s about making the time. It’s about adjusting and finding out what works best for you. It may take you your freshmen year to adjust and become comfortable, or it may take you all four years of college; no one adjusts at the same rate. Make time to figure out what a healthy lifestyle means to you and make it your lifestyle.