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The Reality of Maintaining Balance

We are often told that one way to succeed in life is by finding a balance between the important aspects of our life. If you are reading this as a college student you know how hard that is. Finding a way to balance school, work, sleep, a social life and alone time is nearly impossible, especially if you have classes five days a week and work part- or full-time, have hours worth of homework every day and want to get at least six hours of sleep every night. People will tell you that time management is key to maintaining this so-called balance, but I want to tell you that time management is bullshit and you will never have perfect balance. Yes, I’ll admit that allotting certain amounts of time to things each day can help you get a lot done, that’s not rocket science. What I am saying is that these things aren’t always in our control. So you set aside two hours to finish up a project for class tomorrow, but now you realize you need way more time but it will cut into your sleep, or your me-time or your roomie time. Now what? It’s almost a guarantee that you will have to sacrifice one of these things because school always comes first, even if it means getting four hours of sleep. There is simply just not enough hours in the day and college students are overwhelmed.

I can’t give you advice on time management or how to designate hours to certain things because it’s all about personal preference and priorities. If it were up to me I would sleep all day and never do my homework, but I wouldn’t recommend that. All I can say is that don’t get overwhelmed with trying to keep a balanced life because in reality, it’s impossible. Some days you will feel like you have accomplished absolutely nothing and other days you will feel like the goddess of balance who is thriving and gets all her work done plus eight hours of sleep. Just try and prioritize what’s best for you and you will be much happier because of it.

Olivia is a senior at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is double-majoring in Mass Media and English and has hopes to get into publishing. She is the current senior editor for the MNSU chapter of Her Campus and loves to write. In her free time when she's not writing or editing, she loves to sleep, hang out with friends, longboard, read and sleep some more.
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