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Don't forget about you


Well, our semester is now in full swing. Papers are due, tests are coming up and group presentations have been scheduled. If you’re like me, you’ve also got multiple meetings scheduled during the week, dinner dates, interviews, sporting events, service projects and more meetings.

I’m not in a fraternity, so I can only imagine how crazy my life would be if Greek life was thrown into the mix as well. 

But in all of this madness that I call my life, I tend to forget about my own well-being. Whether I’m working to plan a fundraiser for Relay for Life or recruit projects for the Big Event, I get consumed by that effort and it becomes the priority in my life at the time. Often, I find myself starving at about 3 p.m., only to realize that I never ate lunch because I had a meeting between classes. 

As college students, we are pushed to see how many committees, events and social functions we can fit into a schedule that already includes a heavy academic load. Time management is of the utmost importance right now. If you can’t manage your time somewhat efficiently, you’re going to have some problems. With all the stress that comes with this time management, it’s important to take some “me time” each day. We cannot forget about ourselves.

I urge everyone to find some time each day that you can devote to yourself. For me, I try to go to the gym every day, and while I’m there, I don’t get on my phone to check email or respond to text messages. 

I use this time to reflect on my day and to work on creating a healthier lifestyle. But maybe you don’t have enough time in your day to devote to the gym. 

Use that 15 minutes before you fall asleep at night to just compose yourself and think.

Lately, I’ve really wanted to start meditation. Now, I’m not talking about deep meditation on the mysteries of life; I just mean meditating on my day, calming my nerves. 

The Episcopal Diocese in Mississippi is also beginning a Bible study/meditation during the Lenten season, which I’ve considered doing as well. Whether you are religious or not, you can use meditation or a book study to take time out and renew yourself. 

It’s important that we take this time out for ourselves so that we can rejuvenate. I think college tries to push us to our limits so we have to have the strength to push right back. With Lent coming up (and if you don’t celebrate Lent, then let’s just say with the semester workload increasing), consider doing some type of meditation or daily “me time” to strengthen yourself so you can continue to conquer this challenge called college. 


Adam Blackwell is a sophomore public policy leadership major from Natchez. Follow him on Twitter @AdamBlackwell1.