College is not easy. You could be the student that is in a sport, a couple jobs, in a relationship, and asking the Lord for guidance. You are not alone. It can be a struggle to balance everything, but with the right tools, you can make it through the week with a positive attitude.
This blog is going to be broken down into five parts: sports/fitness, homework, jobs, relationships, and faith. I’ll show you ways you can balance everything and come out on the top.
As a college softball player, my body goes through a lot. Monday through Friday is a two-hour practice with grounders, hitting drills, and sprints. On top of that, I need to keep my body strong by going to the weight room. Some days I feel absolutely defeated. At this point, it is crucial that you talk to yourself and not listen.
If I were to listen to my body it would say “You are too tired to put 100% into this hitting drill” or “You won’t run fast today because you had a hard day yesterday.” Fueling your body is physical, but it’s also mental. Instead of focusing on the “I have to workout today”, shift it to “I get to workout today.”
God has blessed you with many gifts and talents. He gives you strong muscles to run hard, to throw hard, to push hard, and to love your body hard. Changing your mindset can change your lift.
My favorite type of planners are listed here. The Happy Planner can be found at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts. The best part is, there is always a coupon. I usually use it when there is a 40% off an item coupon and buy the best planner that day. I love these planners because there is literally a planner for everyone. Each Monday, I make a list of my homework I have for the week and mark off which ones are due first. I accomplish those first and then work on the rest as the week goes on.
Organization is the number one thing college students struggle with. When you have a planner and can write everything out and make it your own, that will create a difference in succeeding.
I currently have two jobs on campus. One as a Social Media Strategist for the university and the other as a Sports Information Marketing Specialist for athletics. These two positions can be stressful at times, but with communication with my supervisors I can thrive when I go into work.
A big piece of advice I have is to always be willing to learn. If you are in retail, work on your communication skills. If you are in sports, watch other games and listen to the announcers or
watch the commercials in between. If you are in anything else, watch YouTube videos or webinars to build your passion.
If this seems impossible for you and you are there for a paycheck, keep grinding. This is God giving you opportunities to be a light in your environment to shine.
Matthew and I are big into communication. We usually give each other text updates if we have meetings, classes, or appointments. However, at night, we try to set aside 30-60 minutes for FaceTime. Being intentional with one another when you have the moment will go a long way.
If you have a long-distance or busy weeks, plan a day date. Check out what Ann Arbor has to offer and make a list of things you want to do. They have a great Whole Foods that offer a variety of options and you can make your own lunch and eat it there.
Some couples I know, start each morning with a devotion. You can both download the Bible app and find a couple’s devotion to read and converse with that morning or even at night. Ask each other where the Lord showed Himself during the day. Always be asking how you can pray intentionally for the other person.
I am currently reading a devotional book, 100 Days to Brave. I love this because it is a quick morning devotional where you can shift your mind to the focus it had for the reading. It sits on my desk where I do my makeup so before I get started or after I finish, I take a few minutes to read it.
Podcasts are also a great way to keep me in check with my faith. I love Proverbs 31 specifically because it talks about difficult topics but how to be a Godly woman through it all. If I’m not in the podcast mood, then I will play my worship playlist. Even if I’ve listened to the song a million times, God reveals different messages each time. Worship is powerful.
I hope these tips help you. This is how I get through my week without feeling overwhelmed. I will admit, some days I stretch myself too thin and I feel it the next day. Self-care and prayer will be a large part of moving forward.
Paint your nails, put on a face mask, call your mom, dance it out, stretch, or journal. Find something you love and run with it.