Today I wanted to talk about the triangle of a college student. This is my take on a phenomenon that I believe is present in every college student’s life. In the traditional model you have three choices: good grades, social life, and enough sleep. I have changed it up to what I believe is more realistic, the three choices are good grades, social life, and career. It is rare to find a student excelling in all of them, but common to find students choosing two out of three. But here’s a secret with time management and balance you can achieve a bit of all three.
For a majority of my college years I unintentionally chose studying and career over my social life. But once I was in junior standing I realized that there is a lot of overlap in all three of the points. To elaborate, when a student gets closer to graduation and starts focusing more and more on what they want to do after graduation they tend to surround themselves with people who have similar plans and end up helping each other advance in their chosen career path.
For instance, I am majoring in Entertainment Management with a focus on the Music Industry. Once I received my associates degree and started taking more focused courses I met so many people with the same or similar ideals and dream careers as me. This led to us meeting up outside of class and studying together (good grades point) or volunteering together at music festivals (career point) and eventually we all went to Mardi Gras together, just for fun (social point).
I guess what I’m trying to say is hang in there. If you feel like you are drowning in school work, applying for internships and trying to hang on to a shred of a social life. Don’t worry, we have all been there. When you find your ‘path’ it will feel right and comfortable. It may not be easy because it takes a lot of hard work to achieve your dreams but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t enjoy the journey!