Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Reasons to Feel Grateful During College Crunch Time

Lately I've been feeling really stressed out with the amount of school work I have to complete.

Every night I have piles of homework, big projects and presentations with deadlines that are quickly approaching. And every day in class I try my hardest, but sometimes it isn't enough. Sometimes I don't get a very good grade, or I feel completely lost. School is tough at times.

But one thing I always remind myself, especially when my desk is covered in papers and my calendar shows I have two tests and a project due the next day, is that I am so happy to be in college!

I worked so unbelievably hard to get to this place.
And I am extremely grateful to be here.

Something I have learned recently is that the things that seem the most difficult, the things we have to work the hardest at, are usually the things that have the greatest rewards.
It's always good to remind yourself why you are doing what you are doing instead of just thinking about how difficult it seems. And to always remind yourself that you are stronger than you think and you can handle more than you believe - so clear your head and just do it.
I know for myself that starting college was really scary. I kept thinking about how much everything was going to cost, how difficult it would be to balance school and family life as a parent, how I would get to school, if I was smart enough, and so many other worries were in my head.
One thing I knew for sure though was that I wanted to go to college. I wanted it so bad, and I was willing to work hard to make it work. And the funny thing is, I surprised myself.
Yes, now that it is officially halfway through term one I do have a lot of homework, assignments and tests, but I have also settled into a comfortable routine that makes everything balance.
I've never been good at time management, and I do still struggle with it, but I'm making it work! And I'm getting better at it every day.
All of the things that worried me don't even seem that bad any more. I mean, school is expensive and I have to be super careful with my spending, but I'm learning to budget myself and how to handle my finances better.
It's funny all of the other things college can teach you outside of your school work. While I'm learning how to use recording equipment, CP Style and Canadian law for journalists, I'm also learning how to better organize, how to manage my money, how to be healthier, how to multi-task, and even how to relax and have fun.
So I am truly grateful for this experience and all of the lessons I am learning along the way.
Did you ever experience a time you didn't think you could get through? How did you handle it? Did you come out stronger?

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  1. Such a healthy perspective to have as it can be so easy to get sucked into the When Will It END?!?! mentality. Not that I speak from personal experience or anything lol. Keep up your hard work and know that an end is in sight. Time management skills are crucial in your university and working career so that's great that you're getting in lots of practice :)

  2. I'm so glad that you're doing well in college. Crunch Time is always tough, but you'll get through! =0)

    1. Thank you! It helps that I absolutely love the program I'm in :)


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