A Day in the Shoes of a Stressed College Kid

 

Your curtains are closed; your dorm room is pitch black, yet all you can hear is the annoying sound of reality hitting, your alarm going off. If you are anything like me, you hit the snooze button not once, not twice, but three times… on two different alarms. I know for me, I can’t take the chance of sleeping through the alarm. I need to take all precautions, I just can’t risk it. You lay there staring the ceiling contemplating what your options are.

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First, your body is telling you to put your phone on do not disturb and go back to bed. You realize that although dates with your bed are better than one with any human, you truly want to be a productive member of society. Your mind brings you to the next possibility, what if I drop everything here, move to California, live the Cali-life and become famous. This thought brings a huge smile to your face even though its 6:30 a.m. After fantasizing for a couple of minutes about this dream life, you realize that you should actually start getting ready for day and that neither your bed nor potential life in the Golden State is worth screwing up everything you’ve done to get to your senior year at one of Northeast’s greatest business schools. You look down at your phone and realize that it’s now 6:47 and you’ve wasted seventeen precious minutes. In those seventeen minutes, you could be perfecting your mascara, scrolling though Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter (because seriously, there’s so much you missed since 1 AM when you fell asleep scrolling), or my personal favorite, the extra time in the hot shower contemplating once more.

Fast forward and its three minutes before you need to leave for your internship and you still need to pack a lunch. You run down to the kitchen, open the fridge and realize, “OMG I need to go shopping…BAD!”

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You start throwing things that somewhat make sense into a plastic bag because who needs a lunchbox? Because it’s senior year, you don’t even make your sandwich anymore, you throw in the turkey, cheese, mustard, the bread. You scan your cabinets for something that will really compliment the sandwich, only to realize you have nothing. After accepting defeat, you run to your car and hit the road. The playlist on the way work is everything. Are you feeling excited? Sad? Angry? Indifferent? Are you thinking about what happened last weekend or are you creating the scenarios for this weekend in your head? The playlist coincides with your mood. My favorite is old school jams that I can belt out and have strangers stare at me while sitting in traffic.

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You’re now half way through your internship and everything is going smoothly. Tony has already made an infinite amount of jokes and you start to feel like everything is going right. He has you on a task and you take it by the horns. You start to read something on LinkedIn and all of sudden stress overtakes your body. You remember that you can’t go home after this internship because you have class. After class, you have to work at intramurals. After intramurals you have a paper to write, a Wall Street Journal article to analyze, and not to mention you missed last night’s episode of Empire. From here on out your day drags. You make it back to school and you’re in the last class. You could really be utilizing this time to either start researching articles for your paper or even bang out that Wall Street Journal assignment but your professor doesn’t allow laptops even though the school provides you with them. I mean, your professor is probably smart because its people like you who take advantage and use them for other classes instead of paying attention. Now you’re just counting down the minutes before you can leave because you really have the urge to be productive so you’re not up until 1AM again.

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You finally make it back to your townhouse and it’s about dinner time. You open your fridge and you are again reminded how bad you need to go shopping. However, you manage to have enough ingredients to make a dinner, chicken, rice, and frozen veggies. Perfection on a plate. You tell yourself you have been going strong all day so you deserve to catch up on Empire during dinner. That won’t hurt anyone right? Next thing you know, you’ve watched last week’s episode and started a new show and it’s time to head to work at intramurals. You sit through three games of basketball attesting to the fact that thankfully these players went to a business school and didn’t pursue a career in athletics. You finally make it home and pull out your computer, planner, phone charger and blanket. You’re at your desk and try to get started but it’s taken you so much effort to get to this point so you pull out your phone even though you know that’s dangerous.

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Next thing you know, it’s 11:30 p.m. and nothing on your to-do list is touched. You panic and then start to accomplish your task. You finally hit the hay around 1:30AM and the cycle repeats the next day.

When you’re lying in the dark listening to your alarm clock going off contemplating life like I was, I challenge you to do think of these three things:

  1. Life is too short so take advantage of it! Sometimes it’s okay to say yes to Netflix or the like because you deserve it. Keep in mind, though; use this as a reward system. By not doing so, you will drown yourself and it’s all downhill from there.
  2. Hold yourself accountable! In college, there isn’t anyone to make sure you’re truly doing what you’re supposed to be doing. It all rests on your shoulders. If you start to let things slide, it becomes habit and you start letting more and more things go. Think of karma in this situation. It will come back to haunt you.
  3. Do what you say you’re going to do! If you do what you say you’re going to do, when you say you’re going to do it, you will be golden! The worst part of college is when you procrastinate and everything sneaks up on you and you start to drown in your own tears. It is a terrible position to be in, I know from experience. If you stick to your schedule, college will be the best years of your life and you will end up saving some years of your life but reducing stress!

 

-Chandler Palmieri Bryant University Class of 2017
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