This week is spring break for my school! A whole week without classes, homework, responsibility or stress, right? College spring breaks are notorious for being fun and crazy. It’s a time to let loose and be wild! …Well, not exactly. Spring break for me is less of a “break.” I’m actually busier this week than a normal school week. This is because I’m jumping around, traveling New York State to interview with grad schools. I also have two research papers to write, 50 pages of a senior project to work on, and several readings to do, not to mention the standard dentist appointments, etc. I keep hearing about the great times my friends are having in Florida, California, the Bahamas and I’m… stressing out in a little gray town by myself.
So what’s a girl to do? Honestly, I just realized that this isn’t my time to relax and take it easy. This week is a productive one for me, and so I’m going to make sure it is just that! I was feeling sorry for myself at the end of last week, and so I realized that I had to change my state of mind. I mean, now I don’ t have to worry about trying to fit in interviews during a normal school week or weekend! And hopefully I will have plenty of time to do a good job on my homework. And if I was somewhere warm and tropical right now, I might not put the same effort into all of this work that I am going to while home.
And I just look to the future. I have the summer to relax a little. And I am specifically scheduling some “chill out time” with my friends right after we get back to school. And my birthday is next week, which I’m sure will be fun. Additionally, I am trying to make sure that I take at least an hour or so each day this week to just sit around calmly and not worry about finishing mid-term work.
I find that when you accept something for what it is and don’t set such high, fantastic expectations (especially in comparison to other people), it is easier to tackle your issues. What I mean by this is that it’s really easy to look around and see that I’m not having as much “fun” as most of my friends, and then from there I just start feeling down. But if I think of the situation practically and look at it in terms of myself instead of in terms of my friends, I feel a lot better. For me, it is going to reduce future stress if I get all of this work done this week. I will be grateful in the long run that I am spending my break this way. And I will eventually get to travel somewhere warm again; spring break isn’t the only chance to do that!
So, in short, the message that I’m trying to convey is that even when things look bleak, or maybe even unfair, there is usually an upside. There is a benefit to most situations, and I encourage you to always try and find it! And spring break may seem like a silly example of this, but there will always be times when you feel like the burden of the world is on your shoulders. So just try and think of how great it is that you’re able to handle it. And know that there will always be other “spring breaks,” even if not literally.
What do you do when you literally have too much work to relax on a break?
I’m interested to hear how you deal with it!
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