How To: Survive as a Double Major

My day usually begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 12 p.m, if not a bit later. The majority of my time is dedicated to classes, music rehearsals, my internship, practicing, and homework. Although I question my sanity at times, I like to think I handle my ridiculous schedule with some semblance of grace and organization. I’ve included a short list of activities that help me survive. I know most of them are pretty obvious, but sometimes they need to be reiterated.

1.) Write everything down: Lists are my best friend. I wish I could say I fly by the seat of my pants and still get everything accomplished, but alas. Once I hear of an important event or get an assignment, it immediately goes in my planner. If it’s not in my planner it doesn’t happen, which can sometimes be a bad thing. Just be sure to plan your days accordingly so you don’t do everything last minute. Lists help.

2.) Get enough sleep: Sleep is my second best friend. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is. I know this is something that every student hears, but really, get a decent amount of sleep. I usually try to get at least six and a half to seven hours a night, which is still not fabulous. As I mentioned in step numero uno, plan your day so you’re not pulling frequent all-nighters or getting three hours of sleep. Lack of sleep affects your mood, health, and concentration.

3.) Dedicate time to yourself: I’ll admit it, I’m one of those obnoxious people that finds exercising enjoyable. I go to the gym or hit up a yoga class multiple times a week. It’s my “me” time. You should try dedicate at least 30 minutes a day to relax or do something you love to ensure your sanity. Read a book, watch a show on Netflix, or take a nap!

4.) Know your limits: Know when to say no. Every semester, I tell myself that it won’t be as busy as the last, but it never works out. However, I am aware of my limits, and I don’t say yes to every event or every request someone asks of me. Most students at Drake University are unbelievable multitaskers, but we’re not super human. Don’t try to be.

5.) Socialize: I was a ridiculous over-achiever in high school. My weekdays started at 5 a.m. and ended around 11:30 p.m. after I completed all my homework. My after-school hours were spent at work, dance classes, or music rehearsals. I didn’t have a social life, and it wasn’t fun. Luckily, I learned from my mistake. It’s great to be goal-oriented and driven, but it’s also important to know that part of college is about socializing and making friends. So get your work done, but know that it’s okay to go out and have a good time, too.