How to Balance Your "Busy"
Blogger: Daphne Auza
I’ve been sitting here brainstorming ideas for this admission blog for the past half hour, and apparently all I can draw out of me is “Hello world.” After the festival that I worked for all summer ended, I was excited to see that I had at least a couple free hours of nothing (sweet, glorious nothing!) every day in my schedule. But I quickly realized the deception of “nothing”. The end of my internship meant catching up on material for midterm exams/papers, immersing myself in research for Comps, working on my post-grad corps applications, etc.
Honestly though, it hasn’t been all bad. Despite the satisfaction I get from being busy, I’ve learned that there’s a difference between constantly scrambling to accomplish everything on my to-do list and having a balanced routine. With the latter, I’ve found it easier to focus and direct my energy towards doing my best rather than “getting it over with.” Also, it allows me to make time for (*gasp*) a social life! For example, earlier this week my friends surprised me with a study break at Donut Friend, which is basically gourmet donut heaven.
I recommend you try Nutellavision (pictured here). Or pumpkin spice with ice cream. Or just eat the whole store.
Earlier this month I also (willingly) subjected myself to the horrors of the Queen Mary, a cruise ship that sets up haunted mazes inside the ship and on the harbor every year in Long Beach. October is always an exciting month for my friends and I here at Oxy. Aside from enjoying snuggly sweater weather (well, almost) and pumpkin pie shakes at Oinkster, we make a point of going to tons of “scary” events. Some past ones have included Halloween Horror Nights and Six Flags Fright Fest. I understand it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but personally I find all that adrenaline a good way to let off steam after a long day of classes and writing for Comps.
I wish that I had more to share! But aside from my new schedule, I’ve mostly been working on applications for spring internships and programs like AmeriCorps. Oh, and good luck on college applications, everyone! I know it’s getting to be about that time, especially for people interested in Early Decision.
You can do it!