Staying Committed at Over Committed University

Hi friends! My name is Ellie Roth, and I’m a sophomore Finance major with a Spanish minor here at Oklahoma City University. We have made it to the fourth week of the semester. It seems like the first tests have either just happened or are just around the corner. Rehearsals are in full swing. Clubs have started meeting, and our fall athletic teams have had their first games. To top it all of most Stars have jobs to keep up with as well. It’s the time of year where the entire campus starts to remember why OCU is lovingly nicknamed “Over Committed University”.

When it seems like you are constantly going 100mph, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. It sometimes feels like college is all just one big chore, you have to accomplish to get on with your life. To an extent that’s true, but it’s such a better experience if you actually enjoy it. With that being said, here are some tips for staying committed here at Over Committed University.

  1. Keep track of a paper calendar and a digital calendar- It seems like a lot at first, but it is very convenient to always have access to your schedule. With a paper calendar, it easier to include your to-do list, and see a full overview of your entire week. With an online version you can see when you have free time, and where you need to be, down to the minute at all times. If you keep the two synched, you will always have instant access to your schedule.

  2. Schedule time with your friends- Creating social relationships are a huge part of college. Friends help keep us sane, but they also help us create networks that are invaluable in the professional world. It’s easy to get caught up in our own lives, and tentative plans end up falling through. To avoid this, make solid plans in advance (at least occasionally), and put them in your planner just like you would a meeting, class, work, or anything else.

  3. Schedule YOU time- Ok just like time with your friends. It is WAY too easy to forgot about yourself and your mental health. Every once in while block some time out, just for you. Watch a movie, read a book, take a bath, do a face mask. Do whatever it is you need to do to relax, recharge, and get ready to take on the world!

  4. Find a study spot and stick to it- It is so nice to have one spot (or maybe one and a backup) that you associate only with studying and productivity. It will be easier to avoid distractions, if you have one spot that is a declared “no fun” zone, it’s much easier to stay focused, get your work done quickly, and get on with your day.

  5. Get some exercise- I’m not saying start training for a marathon, but we all know exercise gives you endorphins, and endorphins make you happy. A short workout is a great way to destress, and stay healthy as the enviable sickness works its way around campus. Grab some friends, go for a walk, and kill two birds with the stone.

  6. Keep a journal- Even if you don’t write in it daily, a journal is a great way to keep track of your short and long term goals. It can help you stay on track with your progress in terms of your health, your academics, and your emotions. Staying on top of your mental health in college (and life) is SO SO important, and using a journal is a great way to reflect on how you are truly feeling.

  7. HAVE FUN- I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. College is so much better if you chose to focus on the good parts. There are so many awesome opportunities on campus and in the surrounding area to try new things, and experience new cultures. Get out there and make the most of it.

Thanks for stopping by and reading our blog! Use these tips, create some of your own, and go kill the rest of this semester!!

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