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Considering that most college students work at least one part-time job, finding balance between school, work, and life can be pretty stressful. In addition to stresses and demands of daily life, we also have deadlines to meet, bills to pay, and work to wake up early for or come home late from. Trying to balance all of this can be a bit overwhelming.

Take it from someone who has made a few mistakes and learned from them. When it comes to balancing, I have a few things to share:

Tip# 1 Priorities

From my own experience, knowing my priorities has been the most beneficial when it comes to making important decisions. The big things always come first; family, future, health, sanity, happiness…to name just a few. So do what matters most to you and the rest will follow. We won’t always get it right the first time (or the first FEW times) but we will eventually realize how much of an importance those things are once tested and proven.

Tip# 2  Let Good In, Keep Bad Out

Eat vegetables, make new friends, exercise, journal, take a hike, watch a movie, watch the sunset, visit your grandparents, take pictures, study (you’ll feel great when you get a good grade), smile at strangers, paint, try new things, etc. Doing something positive can lift up our mood and inspire us to be the person we want to be.

And know when something is affecting your life in a negative way… then respectfully (or not) leave those things behind. Be it a friendship, a relationship, or a habit; we want to grow as individuals and anything toxic has the potential to slow us down. Know your limits and be at peace with yourself.

Tip # 3 Use Time Wisely

Time is a gift and we should use it wisely. Spend more time being productive. I know I’ve definitely not been so wise in this area myself. Have you ever spent the whole day with friends when you should be finishing that one assignment that’s due the next day? Or procrastinated on a school project only to regret it later because you’re drowning in SO MUCH work? I have! Being productive will help us stay organized and be on top of things. We should do it more often!

Tip # 4 Be OK With How Things Are

Some things will outweigh the others. And that’s ok.  The important thing is that we don’t get lost trying to find our balance in this world that is full of surprises.

Ray Ann

My name is Ray Ann. I grew up wanting to be a lot of things. Being a lot older now, I realize you never really grow out of those dreams.

I’m 23 years old, barely 5 ft. tall and often mistaken as a high school student. But you know what they say — good things come in small packages. Despite me being a little vertically challenged, I’m a huge basketball fan. I love fast cars and fast…food. I love the color pink and my friends’ sense of humor. I aspire to be the realistic half of my favorite female fiction characters: to be bold and fearless like Nikita, witty, intelligent and fashionable like Blair Waldorf and sweet and sassy like Cher Horowitz.

Being a blogger means a lot of things. We write about anything and everything, including our own lives. We can choose to be private or be an open book. But I hope to share only meaningful and helpful things to anyone who reads my blogs. Montgomery College will always be a big part of my life as it gave me an opportunity to find myself and discover the things I love and gave me all the more reason to be myself.

Let’s believe in each other. 

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Great tips, Ray Ann! I hope they were helpful to you during that stressful mid-term week! Your always positive outlook will serve you well now and into the future. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I can so relate! I juggle being a student, athlete, and a employer. I think finding your balance is important especially when things go down hill or in other words … stressful. I love making time for my self especially pampering. Being a girl there is no way you cannot have the time to pamper yourself. I totally agree with everything you stated above in your blog. Keep it up!

  3. I am so happy when other people say the things you have mentioned, especially the hanging out with friends or doing things instead of your paper that’s due the next day. And I can also say I have had to learn the hard way sometimes not to procrastinate and do things at the last minute. Love reading your blogs 😀

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