Before I started at UT, I had always heard how rigorous some of the classes can be, and that if I wasn’t careful, I could get behind in an instant. In my young, scared, freshman mind, falling behind would surely lead to a vicious cycle of failing exams, killing my GPA, being jobless after graduation, and moving back in with my parents indefinitely. Naturally, this thought terrified me—it was the worst-case scenario. One thing I was sure of, when I began school, was that I HAD to make studying my top priority. However, I wish I would have known in my first semester that college life is really all about BALANCE. Now, I’m not saying that studying isn’t important (because it definitely is!!), but I wish I would have known that it was okay to put the books down every once in a while and do something that I enjoyed. I found out that taking a break and hanging out with friends was necessary to take my mind of school and maintain my sanity. Not only did taking some time for myself help reduce my stress, but it also made my studying more productive when it was time to hit the books again. When I was able to strike the right balance of fun time and study time, I found that both my overall mood and my grades really improved. I definitely can say that Texas Royals really helped me find this balance. Royals provided a ton of activities that helped me to get out, expand my circles, and genuinely have fun. Added bonus: it led me to some of my closest friends. Once I became more active in Royals, I could tell I was starting to find that perfect balance of work and play that is SO necessary in college.
This balance doesn’t come right away, and everyone may have a different way of finding it, but I can say, with certainty, that Texas Royals helped me find my perfect college-life balance. <3
Sarah Roessler || Fall 2017 Jewel