Being a college student is a lot easier said than done. I currently study at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, I am a junior and I study History and Secondary Education, so I am striving to be a high school history teacher. Life can get pretty noisy sometimes when you are on such a rushed schedule, but what I am starting to realize is it’s all about balance. My friends and I are involved in a club called Her Campus, which is a multimedia site in which college students can post tricks, tips, news, and so much more for being a student. My roommate Lyla runs the podcast, and linked here is where you can listen to this week’s episode about balance, that features Lyla, my other roommate Kara, and myself.
Something we touched upon in the podcast that I feel passionate about is the importance of alone time. I think it is always a good idea to take time for yourself and as my mom always says “just be”. When I went abroad I realized how important time by myself was. Coming back to school this spring semester, I began to realize how much time I spend surrounded by people. It is so easy to get caught up in a world where it is always go go go but it is important to take time for yourself. My favorite is to make my bed and sit on it on my phone or laptop and just search through. I usually go on Instagram and look for style inspiration. I usually just go on my explore page and look for anything that catches my eye through there. Lately I have been obsessed with tik tok so that has taken up a lot of my screen time. I also like reading, not as much as the other people in my family, but I can read a nice book here and there. I am currently reading Thirteen Days by Bobby Kennedy. I love the Kennedy era of history, it is by far my favorite. I have an obsession and infatuation with them, so I am currently reading that. Coincidentally I am writing a paper on the maps of the Cuban Missile Crisis so it is fitting.
Another thing that I love is being outside. This week was a midterm week in which I had so much work to do. Luckily the weather this week was amazing and gave us a sneak peak into spring. I have been really struggling with the cold. I come across this problem every year in which I just crave the sun. While I wish I could go to Florida or somewhere warm, I am staying home and working. I also remind myself I cannot complain I just traveled the world for four months, and last spring break I went to Spain, so that usually brings me back to reality. But I am looking forward to this summer and the fun weekend trips me and my friends can take, but right now the cold really hits me in a seasonal depression. Something that helped me was finding the greenhouse on campus and going there and sitting down for a few minutes and collecting my thoughts.
For me I have realized these things help, but I also need to be around people. I think that the balance of being with people and being alone, that takes time to figure out, but I think it is important to find. Like always comment anything you want me to write about, or any questions always ask. Thanks for reading !! Also I am thinking of starting a youtube channel, thoughts?