Extracurricular Activities

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.

4 thoughts on “Extracurricular Activities

  1. We just read the articles after they have been edited by the section editors and make the final revisions and send them to publish! It’s really fun!

  2. I’ve been thinking about picking up a Journalism minor to accompany my English Major. The two seem like they would fit together wonderfully.

  3. You totally should! It’s really helpful to know all the writing/editing styles to make yourself more marketable in the job field. Plus, it’s nice to write something different than research papers!

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