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At 19, I didn’t think I would have to understand what this whole “work-life balance” thing really is. But I’ve learned not every day is a piece of cake. It’s better to know that now, instead of thinking everything is going to be exactly how you want it to be. Some days are easier than others, but that’s just how life goes. Balancing 18 credit hours, an on-campus job, and an internship hasn’t been the smoothest thing, but I’ve slowly established a routine. I know I’m not the only student going through something similar and wanted to share some lessons I learned throughout this process.

Accept the Bad Days

Sometimes life just gets in the way and nothing is how you planned. That’s okay! There are two things I like to remember on bad days. First, you’ve survived 100 percent of your previous bad days. Second, you never have to repeat an off day.

Time Management

Time management is a huge aspect of staying sane and productive when you’re busy. This means having a schedule and keeping track of deadlines. Make sure you’re finishing your tasks on time, because it makes a big difference.

Take Time for Yourself

This also comes with time management. It’s important to make sure you’re staying on top of things, but your mental and physical health are just as important. Making sure that you have time at the end of the day to watch your favorite TV show or just sit and read will make going into the next day easier.

Be Honest

If you feel like you’re getting too swamped with work, let someone know. Be okay with saying no to some things. You can’t be in two places at once and you really can’t give your best effort if you’re spreading yourself too thin.

It might take some getting used to, but everything is manageable if you want it to be.

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