Gabriela Marrama is a senior in the Honors College at Grand Canyon University. She is an advertising and public relations major and hopes to continue her education and receive a master’s degree in either business or communications. She has a passion for people and enjoys creating community, which is why Gabriela hopes to one day work in the student engagement department at the university level. Gabriela serves as the lead marketing intern for the Honors College as well as the administrative vice president on ASGCU.
It’s all about balance.
Choosing to be actively involved at your university is something to be proud of and it is important to pour back into the community in which you belong, but attempting to juggle school work, a job, extracurricular activities and a social life can be a daunting task. In order to attempt this level of involvement and enjoy living a balanced life, it is important to keep in mind a few crucial steps:
Staying organized is a key component to being successful throughout your time in college. Keeping a planner is one of the best ways to ensure that you get all of your assignments completed on time, which will benefit you tremendously in the classroom. You cannot rely on your brain itself to remember important information for each class you take. Therefore, it is vital to write down due dates and any additional information that your professor may say in class. If you have the urge to go the extra mile, add some color to your planner by delegating a different color for classes, work and extracurricular events.
In addition to having a planner, another way to stay organized is by utilizing something that you always have on you: your cell phone. Have a club meeting at 11:15 am and an intramural game at 8:15 pm on the same day with three classes in between? Set reminders on your phone. Setting reminders and having them go off at least 15 minutes prior to when you need to be somewhere is a useful way for you to stay accountable and remember all of the events spread across your calendar.
One of the hardest things to do in college is saying no. We all know about FOMO, or better put, the fear of missing out. If your friends want to have a movie night, but you have a paper that is due in a few days, it is okay to say no and get a head start on your paper so you are not cramming to complete it on Sunday.
Make Time for Yourself
Last, but certainly not least, is making time for yourself. You are the most important person in your life, and you need to take care of the body that fuels you. If you let yourself slip through the cracks by helping everyone else around you, you will not be able to participate in all that you want to. Rest is essential when you are heavily involved on or off campus. Make sure to feed yourself before feeding others.
Allotting time to do well in the activities you are involved in takes self-discipline and time management. It is possible to be involved in two clubs, play intramural volleyball and soccer, work a part-time job and do well in your classes. Stay on top of your commitments by getting a planner and setting phone reminders for club meetings and intramural games. Most importantly, make sure to take time for yourself. It is okay to say no every once in a while if it means getting a homework assignment completed or taking a nap to recover from a long day.
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