By Jena Valenzuela
Going through college is rough. Half the time you are unsure of what you are doing, most of the time you are hungry and hoping to come across free food and 100 percent of the time, you are stressed because there’s about 101 things on your to-do list that need to get done by midnight. It’s a constant cycle of “just get me through this week.”
Being in the Reynolds School surrounded by many other students pushing themselves as hard as I do, it’s easy to forget that you can burn out.
When so-and-so just landed the most amazing internship after just finishing two other internships and winning the “Best-ever-at-everything” award, it’s easy to jump to the conclusion of “wow, I’m such a slacker.” But I’ve learned to stop comparing myself to others. Instead, I celebrate my peers’ accomplishments, which helps keep me focused on my own goals rather than someone else’s.
I’ve learned to celebrate myself and my accomplishments. It’s hard to take a step back and realize all that I’ve accomplished when I’m getting a new project each for multiple classes.
When I finish a big project or at least a big chunk of a project, I reward myself with a short binge-session on Netflix or maybe that Target trip I’ve been dying to take for no reason. These rewards have helped me to avoid burning out.
Burn out happens when you push yourself so hard that you’ve stressed your mind and body to the limits and you no longer enjoy doing what you’ve poured yourself into. I don’t want to lose my passion for creative work, which is why I take pride in my work and reward myself for my progress, no matter how big or small.