Going big instead of going home

I have eight months left until I check out of undergraduate school. Yeah. I'm pretty excited.

By May 2017 I'll have a degree in Multi-Media Journalism with a minor in Women's Studies. By June 2017 I'll be living in Oregon, again.

How do I plan on pulling that off?

Well, this fall alone I'm taking 18-credits (6 classes). I'm managing social media for two organizations. And I'm working two food service jobs. On average I study 20-25 hours, work 20-25 hours, manage 15-20 hours, and work on projects for 10-15 hours a week.

I'm not including class time, or eating, or sleeping, or commuting into any of those estimates. It's a lot of commitment. But it's a lot of GOOD commitment.

I've had issues in the past of overworking, overscheduling, and overwhelming myself. It's reached points of devastating academic performances, intense physical pain, and a real concern for my mental health.

But today I have structure, rhythm, and community working in my favor.

I routinely tackle my school work early and all at once on the weekends. I leave room to do regular things like: eat, sleep, commute, and spend time with others.

When I move into the week I routinely go to classes, manage social media between them, and take breaks to meet with family or friends. I work four nights a week and spend the other three reading or resting with others.

If I choose to go out and spend money, it's in groups and at larger events I'll remember for a while. I leave room for entertainment, but not in excess. My body and my bank account thanks me.

Because of structure, rhythm, and community, I'm producing more in a shorter amount of time than ever before. I'm producing better, as I look and feel healthier. And I'm free to achieve more or be impacted more by what I do in my down time.

My GPA is beginning to reflect these changes. My bank accounts are beginning to reflect these changes. And my overall behavior is beginning to reflect these changes, too.

Going big instead of going home isn't such a bad thing. Especially if you've trained for it and anticipate the reward you're getting for the challenge.

Lance Lijewski