November 5, 2012

The Spark.

Finding Balance.

Welcome to The Spark - a tidbit of wisdom to stimulate ideas and help you transform your student organization. The Spark is a bi-weekly resource provided through the Center for Student Involvement which is sent to all registered officers through PantherSync.

With participation in student organizations, campus events, classes, midterms, and social activities it is easy for students to feel stretched a little thin this time of year. With different areas of your lives pulling you in different directions, it is important to remain prioritized and stress-free. Below are some tips to remain calm, focused, and successful this semester.

Manage Your Time. Feeling stressed out and have too many obligations scheduled in a short period of time? Here are a few tips on how to take control of your time and reduce the anxiety:

Evaluate Your Priorities. There are a total of 168 hours in any given week. Within that time, you have fixed commitments like sleeping and going to class. Subtract those fixed commitments from 168 and you are left with flexible time. How you choose to use your flexible time is something you need to consider as you choose priorities during your time in college. Is joining five student organizations a good use of that valuable time? Perhaps only joining one organization and becoming a dedicated officer to that organization is better worth that time. Take a few minutes to calculate your flexible time and evaluate what commitments are best suited (and most valuable to you) during that indispensable amount of time.

Allow Time to Relieve Stress. Feeling stress is an important part of life that you must learn to manage. A little stress can be beneficial for students (for example: acting as a motivational tool), but learning how to handle it is necessary to remain healthy and successful. While time management is probably the most effective way to deal with stress here are some other ideas necessary to keep you centered:

Follow these easy steps and stress shouldn’t be a problem for you!

This Issue of The Spark was written by Lauren Thomas and Danielle Croegaert, two of the newest employees for the Center for Student Involvement. The Center of Student Involvement offers training and workshops to help your organizations function better. Need advice, training, or help? Request our service for your next meeting.