Often times, we take on much more than we can handle. Whether it be working too many hours at our job, not spreading our time wisely or partying too much. We think that because we’re young we can stay up late, get up early and still function properly. While that may be true for some, it’s not true for everyone. It’s okay to know your limits and let your friends and peers know as well. There’s nothing wrong with saying no and being organized.
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Sometimes we take on class loads that seems fine, but by the end of the semester we realize that it was too much to begin with. We think that pulling all-nighters to study and drinking a ton of coffee is the answer, but it’s not. I know that taking 16 hours sounds ideal because you can finish college faster, but it is not worth the stress. I took 16 hours last semester and it was definitely not worth it! I failed a class and I was stressed beyond measure. I know that while 16 hours maybe easier for some people, I just not one of those people and I’ll stick with my 13 hours!
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Partying, oh what it means to be young! I had a friend who partied every weekend and needless to say their grades suffered majorly. I just so happen not to be a party person, so this is not an issue for me, but it’s okay to go out and have fun! It’s okay to have those hungover days. That’s just part of the experience, but it’s not okay to do that consistently and let the important things suffer in the process. I know a lot of people have trouble saying “no” because they want to fit in. But if the people that you party with are your real friends, they will understand that while partying may be fun, it’s not beneficial to do it so much that you lose sight of what is really important.
Knowing your limits helps with a lot of things, especially with stress. Don’t take on more than you can handle and don’t try and be some superhero. The fact is that we are all human, and we want to live for as long as possible. Setting limits and understanding yourself can contribute to a long and happy life.