Finding Your Balance

I recently finished my first year of college, and boy was that a new experience.

It’s hard to prepare for something without knowing what’s coming next and let me just say, I’m not the biggest fan of change.

As expected, I had challenges to overcome throughout the year and I experienced many firsts as well as had many new opportunities these few semesters.

They tell you to do it all. Be a good student, get involved, have a job, maintain a social life, and yeah, on top of all that figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life. Easy right??

Trying to do it all is exhausting! If you are thriving as a student, your social life is probably lacking. If you are super involved on campus, you might not be giving your all at work. It’s a constant struggle of making sacrifices in order to do everything. The truth is, you can’t do it all. That’s a lesson I had to learn this year.

There will always be a give and take, that’s where balance comes in.

Finding a balance is when it makes sense. It’s not easy, it took me a whole year of college to figure it out, and I still have a long way to go, but it’s a process. Life can’t be perfect all the time. There will be struggles and things will get in the way, and it’s hard to show the people cheering for you that it’s not always perfect, that you aren’t doing it all.

Social media is a perfect example of this. We see our peers showing what their “perfect” is, but no one is going to show off their struggles like they do their accomplishments, it’s just a fact.

Finding a balance makes it easier to embrace your “perfect” and deal with the difficult stuff at the same time. It’s the place where you can see your loved ones on the weekend and kill the presentation on Monday. Balance is going to look different for everyone, it’s all about what works for you, and that’s all that matters.

Have you found your balance?

- Morgan Bradley

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