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A letter to an overly involved student

Posted on 2/2/2016 10:49:15 AM by Jill Nawoyski

Dear student,

So, you’re living it up. You’re a member of student government, you’re double majoring, you have a job that you love and you’re playing a sport. You wake up early and take on the day.

You go from class, to practice, to class again, to work, then to your after school activities.

Did you even eat today? Honestly, you can’t remember.

Having free time starts to consist of 15 minute trips to Jazzman’s for that second (or third) cup of coffee and if you could fit a nap in one day, you would cry tears of joy.

What do you do when giving up seems like the only option to gain a little sanity?

Being overly involved is my biggest problem in college, but let me tell you, it is also my biggest blessing. I have had so many opportunities at Cabrini to meet new people and make relationships with students, faculty and staff that I know will last a lifetime. I’ve learned some great material, I’ve found my place and I’ve had the opportunity to study what sets my soul on fire.

Sure, I might lack sleep during the week, but I make up for it on the weekends (sometimes). Being busy is something that is sometimes inevitable. You always start to hear the usual, “You should really drop something. It’ll help you a lot.” But what do you do if dropping something is out of the question? You love every single thing that you do and can’t bear to give something up.

Well, use that then. Use that love and passion for your studies, work and activities to push you through it. If there’s something that you don’t truly love or know why you’re giving your time to it, then stop doing it. If it’ll make you happier than you already are, then go for it, but if it won’t, then don’t. Don’t let other people tell you how you should live or spend your time. Live for yourself and do what will make you the happiest.

Sometimes, being busy might seem like the end of the world, but sometimes, you just need to remember to stop and take a look around. You are where you are for a reason and you’re the only one who can change that. If you need more “you time,” then make time for yourself and don’t forget to relax on the weekends. You’ll be so glad you did.