It’s tough. I won’t sugar coat it.
My first quarter, I thought I could handle it easily like I had in high school- by squeezing an hour of school work in during the day, barely studying, not keeping my notes organized, not really reading the books, etc… big mistake on my part. I survived, but school kicked my butt.
Some days, I will have an hour or two between activities (class or practice or tutoring) and I so badly just want to nap or scroll though facebook/tumblr, but I am learning now to take that time and be productive with it. It takes a lot of self control, but pays off and makes life easier in the long run.
I’ve started scheduling in times when I will get stuff done, rather than saying I’ll do all the work I need to do within the last few hours of my day. Packing my day so tight together is exhausting, however it ends up being a LOT less stressful. And if I do it right, I am done with my work in time to get a solid 8 hours of sleep.
This quarter is my most successful so far because of planning ahead. With softball, I don’t know when we will have an extra practice scheduled or something, so I’ve been sure to get assignments done a few days in advance. Trust me, it’s hard, especially if you’re like me and procrastinated all through everything up until college…
Playing a D1 sport and balancing rigorous academics is not for the faint hearted. It’s also not for those that put their social life ahead of academics or their sport. If you prioritize your activities right, work hard, and are honest with yourself about your work ethic, then you will be successful (and less stressed).
A unique view of Seattle
*cha cha’s real smooth away from academic responsibilities*
|—||Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore (via larmoyante)|
The Power of Vulnerability
"If I roughly took the people I interviewed and divided them into people who really have a sense of worthiness — that’s what this comes down to, a sense of worthiness — they have a strong sense of love and belonging — and folks who struggle for it, and folks who are always wondering if they’re good enough. There was only one variable that separated the people who have a strong sense of love and belonging and the people who really struggle for it. And that was, the people who have a strong sense of love and belonging believe they’re worthy of love and belonging. That’s it. They believe they’re worthy. And to me, the hard part of the one thing that keeps us out of connection is our fear that we’re not worthy of connection, was something that, personally and professionally, I felt like I needed to understand better."