With the busy schedule of a graduate student, it can be difficult to make time for relaxation and fun. However, it is important to make time for the things that you enjoy as a way to provide a moment of rest from stress and prevent burn-out.
I love to read books, but my schedule doesn’t allow me to read as much as I would like. Novels, biographies, science fiction, non-fiction, poetry -- I used to consume words like they were my main sustenance. However, the busy college life has changed that.
Due to the demanding schedule of a graduate student, I have to practice time management skills through prioritization. This requires setting aside a few hours a few days a week to be able to sit down and read. In order to make the most of this precious time, I have to be selective about the books I choose. No longer can I browse library bookshelves and come away with an armful of stories. Now, I have to do some research beforehand and pick a book that is an appropriate length and on an interesting subject. Ensuring that I have a few hours to read a book of my choosing allows me an easy, short-term goal every week. This has done wonders for my overall outlook.
During this busy part of the semester, this is especially important. It’s easy to work day-in and day-out on class work, research, and extracurricular activities, but in order to maintain morale and sanity it’s important to make time for the things that you enjoy
. Of course we enjoy our work and our research (right?), but what about the things that are simply for fun? Taking a break and relaxing the mind and body with an easy fun activity like Netflix, drawing, gardening, or playing an instrument (whatever suits your fancy) can provide a moment of respite.
Don’t forget to take a short break every now and then, grads. You deserve it.
Kelsey Fieseler | Mechanical Engineering
is a first-year Master’s student in Mechanical Engineering from Sugar Land, Texas.