How to survive freshman year of college

​Hello! My name is Chelsea Schaffer and I will graduate in December from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations and journalism. I juggle working a part time job, an PR internship, on campus activities and school but I wouldn’t change any of it. Embrace every opportunity college gives you because these are experiences you will remember for a lifetime. Post graduation I hope to travel, plan events and everything PR.

Stressed to the Max

Do you ever have days where you check things off in your planner, but you don’t feel like you accomplished anything? That’s how I have been feeling the past couple of days, weeks, months and so on. College is an amazing thing and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to get a higher education. Work, internships and having a life sometimes makes you lose sight of why you should be thankful for it. With all of the craziness you run into as a college student, here are a few techniques I feel are best when there isn’t an end in sight and you feel like ripping your hair out.

Prioritize – We have endless things to do each week but you need to figure out what is most important and then go from there. By scheduling a certain time to do each assignment, you will feel much more organized.

Relax – You deserve to have some time to relax and sadly, sometimes it does have to be scheduled. I always feel content with a book in my hand (not a school book) and a cup of tea, snuggled up with a blanket. Your goal should be to give yourself at least have an hour each day that you are not worrying about a single thing on your to do list. I know this isn’t always possible but a great thing to strive for.

Exercise – Exercising at least three times a week has been proven to improve your mental and physical health. Exercising is one of my favorite things to do to de-stress. It can be easy to want to skip it because you don’t really have the time but if you can squeeze in a quick 20 minute workout it will be worth it. Even if it is just a quick “Just Dance” session with your roommates.

One Day at a Time – It can be easy to let your schedule for the week just overwhelm you. There have been moments when I look at all of the things I have to do and just want to break down and cry. I have called my mom wondering how I’m possibly supposed to get it all done without enough hours in the day. Sadly, we can’t always change our to do list but we can tackle it by focusing on what we can control. So take a deep breathe, know that it will all work out and take it one day at a time.

Laugh – Laughter may be the most important out of all of the techniques I have provided. Laughter really is the best medicine. While relaxing, watch a funny movie or talk with your friends. Laughing will make you feel better and will give the energy to focus on your tasks once again.

You can accomplish everything you set your mind too and all of your hard work will pay off. But you can’t burn yourself out in the process. Take care of yourself and try one of these stress relieving techniques next time you are ready to just throw in the towel.

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