Learning to Relax

Last week was definitely a very stressful week. I had a lot of homework to catch up on from being gone during the weekend. It seemed like my tests, quizzes, papers, and projects all piled up over night. It was just one of those weeks where I always felt like I needed to work on homework. Even in the midst of this busy jammed pack week, I took some time to relax. I seriously do not know how my week fills up so fast, but I feel like I never have time to just sit back and relax. During this crazy week Grace, Amy, and I treated ourselves with manicures and pedicures for Amy’s birthday. I felt so relaxed the entire time. Grace and I definitely needed a pedicure after our run, and Amy deserved one for all of her hard work.           

Beach at Lake Michigan- So relaxing

It is incredible to me how different I perceive time in college than what I did in high school. In high school, I did not really have any control over my schedule. My regular routine schedule in high school was: school 8 am-3 pm, 3:30pm- 5:30 pm soccer practice 6pm-7pm dinner 7pm-10pm homework. 

In college, my classes are much more spread out, and I choose which activities I want to commit my time. I also have learned the importance of time management and working ahead in classes. Nothing is worse than the feeling of being behind in classes. I encourage all freshmen to walk into college knowing you will need to set aside more time for school work. College classes demand more time and require close attention to details. My calendar on my phone and laptop help me stay organized and on top off all of my obligations. I also recommend writing down homework as soon as it is assigned. I have learned that if I do not write it down right away it is quite possible I will forget.  

Since I always have a lot on my plate to keep me busy; I have learned the importance of taking time to relax and rejuvenate. I am more than ready to leave for Thanksgiving break so I can catch up on sleep and spend time relaxing.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”   – Matthew 11:28-30       

Published by Colleen Quick

My name is Colleen and I'm from Springfield, IL and am a Senior this year! I am studying International Business and Spanish. I have been involved with a variety of groups and activities on campus such as: Business Club, Student Alumni Leadership Council, Volunteer Services Committee, Student Congress, Mortar Board, Intramurals, HEI, Dance Marathon, and other activities. I love Hope College and the people here! So blessed to be living in Holland and attending Hope :]

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