Learning my Limits

Entering the Fall 2015 semester, I was part of two planning committees, had two part-time on campus jobs, and was taking a full course load with five classes. I had everything planned out! My weekdays were perfectly structured. Most of my classes were scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which gave me ample time to work on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. It all seemed to fit perfectly! I mean, yes, I was out of the house everyday by 9am and returned around 8pm; and I barely had time to eat, sleep or hang out with my friends, but hey! I was gaining so much work experience and taking advantage of all the opportunities I was being offered at McGill! Yes, I knew it was going to be tough, but it will all work out in the end and be worth it, right?!

WRONG! By the end of the second week of the semester, I had dropped one of my courses because I hadn’t been to a single class. At one of my jobs, I was in charge of organizing a conference and found myself skipping my other classes in order to put everything together. The more classes I skipped, the greater my workload became, the more overwhelmed I was, the more I procrastinated, the less I slept due to stress…and the vicious cycle showed no signs of slowing down!! It was at the end of September when I realized I had dug myself in a whole so deep that only drastic action could fix it!

I am not one to quit what I have started, but desperate times called for desperate measures! I quit one of the committees of which I was an exec! I also quit one of my jobs and told my supervisor at the other job that I had to work less hours because I did not want to compromise my education which was the #1 reason I was at McGill after all! I manually put in time to eat on my daily schedule, and I made sure I was in bed by 11pm (almost) every night! By the time November rolled in, I felt relieved and refreshed!

I am someone who, admittedly, craves chaos and thrives in a fast-paced environment. I am also afraid to let any opportunity pass me by, which has often led me to over-exert myself. However, this past semester has taught me that everyone has a limit, and I need to learn to respect mine! I have definitely learned that it is not about the quantity of the experiences, but about the quality~

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