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Maren
Colleyville, TX
Leadership Studies

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January 31, 2018

“I'm out the door”

Tik Tok, Kesha

As a full time student and part time adventurer, it’s not terribly surprising that I get a lot of questions about time management.

Honestly, sometimes I’m impressed with how many things I’m able to squeeze into one day, and after basically four years of college, I’m ready to share my secret for work-life balance.

Ready?

Ok.

Work-life balance is… a big fat lie.

Yes, you read that right.

The secret of work-life balance, I’ve discovered, is that it does not actually exist, because you will always feel no matter how many things that you cram into a day, that something you wanted or needed to do did not get done.

Now maybe I’m coming at this too literally, but it’s that idea of balance that I think is throwing me off.

Because as I already mentioned I have yet to live a single day, ever, where I have gone to bed that night thinking “gee whiz, I sure did exactly the right amount of things today.”

No, what I have discovered at Richmond is that you have to think of yourself as a juggler,

Now maybe I’ve just completely misunderstood what juggling is, but to me juggling is less about balance and more about being very aware of how much you can actually handle AND how much you want to handle.

So first things first, figure out what you need/want to do while at UR.

I want to do well in classes, but am the first to say that I never wanted my college experience to be just work.

I also wanted to see and do fun things, but I’ve also learned the hard way that just having fun will catch up to you once your homework deadlines start coming up.

My juggling formula is thus pretty easy at this point in my time at UR – one adventure a weekend, along with time for resting and bigger assignments like papers, while the school week is saved for more day to day assignments like reading and fun, on campus evening events like lectures, or more serious things like work shifts.

Of course, this is a system that is very specific to me myself and I but the point is that once you take the time to sort through what you really want and really need and remember that you need to eat and sleep, things tend to work themselves out.

Will you ever feel like a zen and balanced individual?

Probably not.

But your homework will get done, you’ll get to see the amazing things that the city of Richmond has to offer, and you’ll even have time to be emotionally crippled by the fictional book series that you’re reading for fun on the side.

Of course, don’t freak out if it takes you a while to figure out what exactly your juggling system is, but I promise once you figure it out you’re going to have a ball.

Hi my name is Maren and I'm a freshman at the University of Richmond. I was born and raised right outside of Dallas, Texas and have consequently heard every Texas stereotype you can think of. I'll go ahead and put on record that I don't wear cowboy boots nor have I ever ridden a horse to school. I love to travel and have to date been to over twelve different countries, including Israel, Peru, and Hungary. I'm a huge history buff and collect random history trivia like old ladies collect cats. I also enjoy reading and watching movies/tv equally, although the subject matter and depth of each fluctuates often. Toss in the fact that I'm a Sagittarius and fluent in three different types of sarcasm and you'll have more than enough information to navigate my diary entries for the rest of the year.


Why UR?

Why UR? It was the summer of 2011 and I was just wrapping up an internship in DC. When I mentioned how much I loved the area, my boss recommended that I look at the University of Richmond for college. Fast forward about two years and you have me on my first tour of the campus thinking, "If inanimate objects had souls, the University of Richmond would be my soulmate." While visiting UR I became smitten with its red brick architecture, awed by its dedicated faculty, and enticed by its massive dessert bar in the main dining hall. Richmond's location in a metropolitan area with world-class museums, theaters, and other cultural necessities (like Target) all while having a true separate campus community was a dream come true. All this and more is why I applied Early Decision, and I haven't looked back since.