What does balance look like? To me?
Let’s take a look at a summary of my life first:
- I’m an international student, in my 4th year of Business Management at the Ted Rogers School of Management
- Doing my 2nd co-op placement as a Marketing Coordinator at CGI, a Canadian IT consulting company 8:30am – 5:00 p.m.
- I work on blogs for WhyRyerson during my lunch breaks twice a week
- I’m a Business Management Director on the Ted Rogers Students’ Society – the business students’ society. This means having office hours 5:00-6:00 p.m. three times a week and monthly Funding Meetings 6:00-9:00 p.m. once a month.
- I’m the Vice President of Events for the Ted Rogers Management Conference – I have my Events committee meetings 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays bi-weekly. I also have weekly exec meetings 6:00-8:00 p.m.
- My roommates and I go grocery shopping at 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday (one of Metro‘s student discount days!)
- I partake in weekend-long case competitions with my best friends
- I also do normal people stuff like going out with my friends and binging Netflix!
How do I balance everything??
Sometimes I don’t know..
But I wholeheartedly thank my mom who is always asking me if I’ve eaten enough, or if I’ve drank enough gallons of water. Even from miles away, she always ensures I’m taking care of myself.
Other things that help me balance my wild life:
- Taking it easy in my first year, only going to classes, and taking random walks around the city to familiarize myself with it.
- Researching different school involvement opportunities available, to get a better understanding of my faculty and slowly applying to ones that particularly resonated with me at the end of my first year.
- Prioritizing – did I really need 30 hours of ‘free’ time every week, or could I allocate them to studying a little bit extra for exams or squeezing in some extra hours at work to make rent money? The answer seemed quite simple to me.
- Keeping snacks in my bag – granola bars, fruits, chocolates because sometimes life gets in the way but – food is vital to keep us going, according to science!
Tips & Advice:
- Use Google Calendar! When you’re able to see your life laid out in front of you, you’ll be able to manage all the tasks in the world 10x better.
- Try to listen to your parents – they really do know best!
- If you’re not a morning person, don’t take 8 a.m. classes just because you were able to survive them in high school. It’s not the same, trust me.
- If you’re unable to meal prep or grocery shop sometimes because maybe there wasn’t enough time – that’s okay because you’re in the centre of all the trending restaurants in the city – you have all the options in the world!
- Transitioning and adjusting never happens immediately – don’t push yourself too hard – take it day by day.
- Everyone has different priorities and different ways of tackling things. You will find something that works for you. Know that you’re going to be more than okay here at Ryerson! There are a ton of support systems here! Stay tuned for more information about that.