Avoiding the Break Down
Blogger: Janel Booker
The past 3 years at Oxy, I have stayed pretty much consistent as far as extracurricular involvement is concerned: Dance Production and Cheer. Then, senior year rolls around and I find myself trying to juggle my newly acquired job in admissions with my position as captain of the cheerleading squad and prepping my resume and cover letter for the job I hope to acquire before I graduate in May. ..along with my classes. Surprisingly, even though I feel as if I am doing less then in years past, I have much less free time.
I’m constantly stressed or on the verge of tears because of the fear of failing. Often I’m very sleep deprived as my average amount of sleep for the night is about 5 hours. How do I deal with this and continue on? Well, I’m an Oxy student, and that’s just what we do. I don’t see this so much in the younger classes but my class, while competitive, is still very helpful. I’m so glad I can surround myself with like-minded individuals who also are struggling and pushing through anyways because of their desire to succeed. That’s just our nature. I’m so thankful to have the friends I have here. Up until I entered Oxy I thought friendships like the ones I have were only real on television. So glad I was wrong!
Having the support system is not always enough though. The other way I get through this is taking time for myself. For people this can mean different things. Go for a run or indulge in that new Dulce de Leche cake in the Green Bean or take 15 minutes and get a bomb stretch for your body. DO SOMETHING THAT IS GOING TO MAKE YOU HAPPY. For me, this means watching a minimum of 15 minutes of tv (on my laptop) every night before I go to bed. It helps take my mind off of how busy I am and puts me in a calmer state of mind before bedtime (you know at 4am). I’m not saying take a whole day procrastinating. All I’m saying is that you need to take care of you in order to remain on the successful path you’ve already made for yourself.