Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Balance of It All - Work, School, and Life

A wise man once said, “You have as many hours in a day as BeyoncĂ©.” And while this statement rings true, the fact of the matter is, life’s elements of prioritizing and time management are true art forms in themselves. Managing the professional, scholastic, and extracurricular pillars of life require much more than Starbucks, a trustworthy alarm clock or a glam squad.

Nyidera Edwards' Student Life Advice
To be a thriving student and an exemplary employee, it takes more than long hours on the clock and late-night study sessions. Take it from me: I’m Nyidera Edwards, a Peirce student who balances work, school, and life every day. I’ve found that to be successful in these avenues, you must be functioning as the best version of yourself – mentally, physically and emotionally. Nevertheless, with pending deadlines, personal crises and life’s general stress, this can sometimes seem easier said than done. Luckily, I have been able to find a way to balance it all without allowing myself to get too overwhelmed and worn out. Let me share with you some of my advice on how I’ve been able to make it work.

One of the most vital factors in living a balanced student life may resonate as the timeless, maternal advice that we’ve loathed since we were children: “you must sleep.” Sleep is imperative in the healthy maintenance of a busy schedule because you simply cannot run on Dunkin™ your entire life. Your body and your mind need efficient rest for superior function and focus. But, bear in mind, sleep schedules are not a one-size-fits-all arrangement. The key is to listen to your body and pay attention to the amount of rest that it requires. Your thinking will be much clearer and your brain will absorb information much better!

The next element of balance is to take control of the hustle; but, never let the hustle take control of YOU. With that being said, remember to make time for the things that bring you happiness and peace of mind. Spend time with loved ones, plan a night out or maybe even a night-in to relax and decompress. Becoming stressed and overwhelmed with life’s daily hurdles can be detrimental to your overall well-being. Remember, your overall energy and state of mind are directly correlated with your relationships, your work ethic and your ability to focus.

Finally, you must remain conscious of your mental and physical wellness. In order to truly maximize your full potential in a day’s work, you must properly fuel your body. Have a little avocado with your eggs; toss some blueberries into your oatmeal; treat yourself to a rich bar of dark chocolate – these “brain” foods and so many more can be greatly beneficial in keeping your brain and body going all day long.

As a last piece of advice – for every morning that you want to just stay in bed and hibernate or those Saturday evenings that you spend with your nose in your textbooks, remind yourself of the why. “Why do I make these sacrifices?” “Why are these moments so pivotal to my life?” The answer is simple: it’s because you have dreams, goals and ambitions. But the truth of the matter is – every story of success will have pitfalls and hard times. Just remember, there is a silver-lining in every cloud and you can do this!