Author: Katherine Lainas

Am I Doing This Whole College Thing the “Right” Way?

Throughout my college career, I have struggled with doing what I’m expected to do, but also doing what fulfills me. For my first three years of college, I did exactly what people told me to do—I spent hours in the library and became really involved on campus. Yet amidst this busyness of trying to do what I thought was right, I found myself unhappy and empty. My grades took away little pieces of me, and I began to question just how far a perfect GPA could take me when I wasn’t feeling fulfilled. I’m a senior now and am finally realizing what true satisfaction looks like in my life. Here are three things I have learned along the way and wish someone had told me before starting college.

Relaxing, Kelly Teague
Flickr: Kelly Teague

First, there is true value in rest. It is so common for us to lose ourselves in all that we do. Let’s face it— the world is competitive. It can be scary thinking about what others may be doing to get ahead that you aren’t. And while it’s important to be involved and work hard in classes, our worth does not lie in our busyness. I repeat: our worth is not measured by how much we do or how perfect our GPA is. So, I am giving you permission to rest, to go to bed early, to take a few extra minutes in the morning to sip your coffee. As a senior, I have reached the land of the burnt-out, and it’s not the prettiest place. All I want is to not be busy. So before you reach the burnout zone, take a break from the busyness and know that you will still be successful and achieve your goals by setting aside time for yourself.

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