Posted on October 16, 2018
It’s 8 o’clock on a Monday morning, and the air carries the crispness of the impending autumn, even though it’ll be much warmer in a few hours—summer hasn’t quite given up the fight yet. I’m on my way to Caesar Rodney to get some breakfast, a much-needed cup of coffee, and a bit of work done before my first class, which doesn’t start for another hour or so.
It’s a Friday night, and I’m with my friend, watching old episodes of Spongebob Squarepants on a little TV in her dorm room in Redding. We talk and laugh and quote all the lines we know by heart—after all, we grew up watching this cartoon. There’s a container of peanut M&Ms open to snack on, and my favorite fuzzy blanket is wrapped around me like a shawl. In this moment, our worries about grades and upcoming exams fade away, just for a little while.
I knew that coming to college would mean a different lifestyle than I was used to. I might not be too far from home, but there’s still a greater level of independence than ever before. But part of being away from home and having to manage your own time, all by yourself, is finding balance. Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, it’s not too late to find it, either! Maybe you haven’t quite found a good way to juggle extracurriculars and a full schedule with honors classes. And having friends. And eating. Oh, yeah, don’t forget sleeping. Especially for us freshmen, it can be a little overwhelming to be in a place with so many opportunities—where do you even begin, and how do you keep your priorities straight?
There’s a few important things that go into finding balance, and I have been trying to keep these in mind as I find my place here at UD.