The Importance of Personal Time in College (Odyssey)

It’s so easy to get swept up in all of the things you do while you’re in college. If you’re anything like me, you want to get involved on campus. You see yourself, in an ideal world, as the student with good grades, a great circle of friends, a handful of extracurricular activities (more or less), and maybe a cool part time job. When you’re not busy balancing all that you’re doing on campus, you may want to find time to go outside of your college campus and explore the city you’re in. Maybe you’ll want to start dating, or you may want to make the most of the single life and just have fun going out a lot. On top of all of that, you may still want to maintain relationships with your loved ones at home, or with your best friends who went to other schools, or a long-distance boyfriend or girlfriend.

It’s a lot, and it’s all fine. It is totally normal to want to make the best out of your time in college. In fact, that’s what you’re supposed to do. So by all means, make time for your friends, significant other, homework, clubs, music groups, parties, and everything else that you think is cool and matters to you. I caution you, however, to always keep the most important person in mind: you.

Weird, I know, but hear me out. Even if you fill up your schedule solely with things that make you happy, classes that interest you, clubs that you find fun, and amazing friends, it can all get exhausting after a while. The last thing you want is to hit the middle of the semester, already burned out with the end feeling so far away, and wondering why you’re not as happy anymore when all you do are things that you enjoy. Somewhere along the way, you have to find a way to make time for yourself. Whether that means an hour a day or just ten minutes, you have to find a way to reconnect with yourself and gauge your energy levels and your moods. It can be as simple as going for a walk in the park, listening to music, meditating, or even eating your favorite snack. Personally I recommend journaling, because that’s a way to truly figure out exactly how you feel and it’s kind of fun to read your old entries later on.

Whatever it is that you do, make sure it’s something you love and that you reserve just for yourself. College is a wonderful, exciting place, and if you budget your time for everything important to you,including yourself, then that’s when you’ll truly make the most of your experience.

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