The Great Balancing Act
Learning to prioritize what's really important takes time, but it's worth it.
In an ideal world, you could focus purely on your studies, but the cost of education forces a vast number of students to work at least part time to make ends meet. On top of this, you've got to learn new routines, get the hang of your classes, develop your study schedule, manage your living space, keep up with friends and clubs — and that's just the start. This can be overwhelming!
One universal constant is that there are only 24 hours in each day. No more, no less. Sleep is a must. Keeping healthy with proper nutrition and exercise is also important. So is your mental health. It's easy to get carried away and try to fill every single moment with activity. Unfortunately, that's often not beneficial to you. We are made to be active, but also to rest.
Rest can take the form of meditation or prayer, practicing a hobby you enjoy, or even just doing nothing at all. It's okay to say 'no' — don't feel obligated to take up every single opportunity that comes your way. Try to resist the scourge that is FOMO (fear of missing out).
Something about the pace of the world seems to pressure us to perform. But post-secondary isn't all about your performance. You're at university to study, and hopefully, go on to do what you are meant to do, with all your training, skills and talents. An education empowers you, but a sense of purpose sustains you.
At Tyndale University College, we know every student is gifted with a purpose to make a positive impact in our world. We've created an environment that fosters community, excellence in academics, and student support, including counselling for those who need it. We also provide great amenities, like a workout room, many safe spaces to reflect and recharge, and a place for creative expression, sports and school spirit.
Remember to do what you have to do — but be sure you schedule time for activities and rest that will nourish your body, mind and soul.