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Changing gears

March 28, 2017

I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times already, but there will be a lot of highs and lows when you’re on a college campus. It’s always a crazy roller coaster.

But I’m not sure if you’ve heard people talk about the velocity of the metaphorical roller coaster. Sure, there are ups, downs, twists and loops. But in college, the roller coaster goes at different speeds all the time. How do you change gears at the right time to keep the roller coaster a smooth ride?


You know how some days you are absolutely wired from your morning coffee and you’re knocking out everything on your to-do list so fast? Well, ride that wave! If you feel the juices flowing, keep that momentum going—get the rest of your course work in for the week. Get ahead of the game. Same goes for some lazy days, make sure you really relax. Just kick back, squeeze some more naps in, play some video games and take your mind off things.

Know yourself.

I have a strong tendency to keep going, ramp things into mind-bending speeds and operate at that level until I crash and burn. I’m doing a better job trying to break that cycle, but it’s still a problem from time to time. What you can learn from me is that you’ll do a lot better managing things if you know yourself—how you would operate in certain scenarios, your work pace and style, and what helps balance you out. If you’re able to identify where you’re headed and what kind of pace you’re setting yourself on, you can manage yourself better early on and keep yourself in balance.

What are friends for?

My friends are the reason why I made it through college and did not lose my mind. You’re on a college campus with thousands of people. You’ll always find someone who you can talk to about classes, personal things and so on. Your friends, classmates and family are all there with you on the same roller coaster. They have your back. They know when to push you and when to slow you down. Pay attention to them throughout your journey. You’re not alone in this crazy life.