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Don’t Overload Yourself This Semester

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at WMU chapter.

Are you currently struggling with your workload? I am. I’m taking 16 credits, working 2-3 times a week, writing these articles, doing homework, and I barely have time to breathe. Maybe it’s the mid semester blues, but something inside me knows it’s really just too much going on for me. I piled too much onto myself and thought I could do it. Here’s how not to.

Don’t take too many credits, even if you think you can handle it. Something will always come up, and you won’t be able to handle the stress of 15+ credits. Just chill. College graduation is in the distant future, and the only time you should absolutely stress yourself out with classes is that last year. Take a break! Take 13 or 14, and enjoy the feeling of not having homework every single day.

Don’t take on too much responsibility. This means don’t become president of five different organizations, volunteer 20 hours a semester, and keep a job at the same time. Choose a couple things that keep your happy, and do those instead. If you want to save the world, you have to save yourself first, remember that.

If you have to cut hours back and work, do it, especially if you don’t need the money. This is probably the hardest to accomplish. Maybe you have to work all day on Saturday and Sunday, and not work during the week? Or sometimes you need a new job altogether. It’s hard, but it’s doable. I stopped working Tuesday nights, not because I didn’t have the time, but because they were keeping me too late and I have to wake up early on Wednesdays. My mental health is more important any day.

You don’t have to always hang out with your friends. You need to make time to do homework and all of your other responsibilities. This might be surprising, but partying is not a priority, and I see too many freshmen and sophomores that are too interested in doing just that. Take the time off from drinking and put your homework first! You’ll thank me after you get a good grade.

So don’t overload yourself this semester. Make the time for responsibilities, but don’t overload yourself with classes or activities.

I'm studying English and Art at Western Michigan University. I aspire to be an author. I want to move to Australia after college. I love reading, writing, and working out. My favorite artists include Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers. Highly Suspect, Modern Baseball, and The Front Bottoms. I currently waitress, but I'm hoping to get an internship next summer for editing. I'm from Paw Paw, a small town about half way between Kalamazoo and South Haven. My favorite season is summer, because that's when my birthday is. 
Johanna is the campus correspondent for the WMU chapter and a senior at Western Michigan University. She is studying journalism and political science. She hopes to spend her life writing and influencing the world around her with her words. A member of the Western Michigan University Marching Band, Johanna has been in love with music for as long as she can remember and tries to balance out her busy life between writing and playing music.