Water Your Thoughts: Avoid your burnout

NSU students are opinionated about all kinds of things, from universal social issues to NSU-specific concerns. Sometimes, however, we Sharks just need to rant about the smaller things in life to let off some steam. In this column, The Current asks: water your thoughts?

As college students, we start building our future and gain experiences throughout this period of time. However, sometimes we get carried away by all the opportunities we can take, and we don’t stop and ask ourselves: Can I add this to my schedule and still have time for everything else? The times when I don’t stop to think about this, those extra activities take a toll. I start having so much on my plate that I forget about something else just as important: having time for myself.  

Schools and employers want you to have experience in the field you want to work in, have a good academic standing overall, do community service, be involved in your college, etc. Yet, you have less than four years to make most of that happen. If you want to go to a good graduate school, have a good job or go to medical or law school, they all look for these extracurriculars or similar activities before deciding to admit you.

So, we get carried away and often become nervous that this period of time won’t be enough, and we won’t be as unique or standout from the rest of applicants. We start accepting or creating things such as clubs or jobs just to have them on our resume and we start getting busier and busier until we reach the point that we don’t have enough time to study or take care of ourselves.

Taking time for yourself is necessary. Take a nap, read a book, play video games or eat. Having this time for yourself will help you both physically and mentally and will help you avoid something that can affect you for the long run: a burnout. If you have a busy schedule or are about to get involved in multiple things, be sure to make space for you and use that time to do something that will distract you and give you a break from your busy day-to-day activities.  

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