Having support makes all the difference in my life. I feel like everyone has a different support system in their lives and that’s great! In my mind, whatever works for you does just that, it works. I was always the person to try and go at everything alone, only recently have I learned to trust people, delegate and rely on people for things. It really has completely changed my life. My biggest support system is my boyfriend. I don’t really know how I was surviving my crazy life before I met him. He listens to me rant, rave and cry on a daily basis and he’s always there to listen. I don’t know how he does it, but I’m so thankful that he does. Whether your support system is your family, boyfriend/girlfriend, a professor or a good friend it doesn’t really matter. All that matter is that someone is there to pick you up when you feel like life is falling apart.
Having a crazy life is really just a big balancing act. Being a student and (basically) a faculty member on campus is hard and there’s no getting around that, but learning balance makes everything just a little bit easier. I take 18 class hours a semester, yeah I’m crazy I know. On top of class, I am the President of one of the largest organizations on campus, I work for housing, I am the Secretary of the RTDNA club (fancy abbreviation for a broadcast journalism club), I sit on the executive board for Residence Life Association, I am in a sorority, and am involved with multiple committees and other organizations. Clearly my schedule is pretty full. If you read my post about my planner, you may have a better understanding now of why I color-code EVERYTHING. Anyway, back to balance. It’s a hard thing to figure out, most of the time I am surrounded by people way older than me and sometimes I forget that I’m only 20 years old. I don’t enjoy going out and according to my friends I drive a “mom car,” so sometimes I tend to act way older than I am. Some people I know find balance in going out on Thursday night, getting “turnt,” and barely (or not) making it to class on Friday. That’s not for me. My balance comes from laying in bed, doing nothing or watching football, talking on the phone with my boyfriend, or reading a book. I’m different from most people my age and there’s nothing wrong with that. I have more responsibility than most people my age and that comes with the territory I choose to live my life in. In the end, if you live a busy life I hope you have some balance going on because you will lose your mind. Sometimes it is OKAY to turn off the phone, not check the e-mails, and just disconnect for awhile. It’s called balance and it will keep you sane.
My name is Amber and I am a planner ADDICT! My room is pretty much always a disaster, my life is a tornado, and I’m completely out of control, BUT my planner is immaculate! Everything from paper clips to post-it notes and every color pen in the rainbow help me to keep my life semi-organized. My friends fight over which color they will be in my planner, even though they aren’t actually in there. Every organization or activity I am involved in has a specific color. I am also extremely picky about the size of the boxes on the monthly calendar, I have to be able to fit everything. Seriously y’all, if something isn’t in my planner IT ISN’T GOING TO HAPPEN. If you are an overly committed college student like me, the best advice I can give you is to have a trusty planner! Live by it, never break it, love it and protect it with your life.