So, even though I have dropped down to 6 units (and boy am I happy because I got $1,400 back), I am no less busy than I was before.
Along with student blogging, I decided to work for the CSU Signal as a copy editor, which has been a great experience so far. I have only done one round of copy editing, but I can already tell I am going to love it. I get to work with different types of writing that I’ve never been exposed to before, which I think will only make me a better writer. It feels great to be a part of something writing related because it keeps my skills sharp.
I have also decided to learn InDesign because I think it is a valuable tool to have under my belt. I want to ensure a job in writing after I graduate, and I feel these extracurriculars are going to make that dream a reality.
It feels good to be making realities lately.
If you know me, then you know I used to be pretty lazy. I wanted all of these great things to happen to me, but I would get overwhelmed by my goals and choose not to do anything at all.
Well, then I realized if I want good things to happen to me, I’ve got to be willing to try for them. So, I decided to start saying YES to life. I know it sounds cheesy, but I feel if an opportunity is placed in front of me, it isn’t by chance, so I have to say yes to it. I still find time in my crazy schedule to eat healthy, workout, sleep, and watch a little television (okay, a lot, but who’s counting??), so I know I’m not overdoing it.
To balance school, extracurriculars, and the stress that life can bring about, I have also started to consider meditation and yoga. I downloaded this book to my iPhone called “Wherever You Go, There You Are” by Jon Kabat-Zinn and plan to start reading it before bed. My problem with mediation is I always end up falling asleep in the middle of it. Maybe I should stop meditating while laying down in bed. Hmm…
I also bought Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown, but something tells me it will be a little more boot camp and less relaxation.
It all boils down to this: stress is inevitable in the life of a grad student (especially one who adds extra work to their load), so you have to make sure to take time to unwind away from all of those responsibilities.