One of the worst feelings is when the stress of an extracurricular haunts you more than all the millions of things you have to do for class. You probably decided to join this association and that union to meet new people and give your portfolio a boost.
Who would have thought that soon enough, you’d be skipping lectures and deferring exams just so your events turn out well, people are reimbursed, and the group doesn’t fall apart.
Maybe you even have a WhatsApp or Slack chat blowing up your phone every 15 minutes reminding you to sell tickets and confirm catering. The stress of working on a project that you volunteered for can be pretty painful, and because you valiantly took on the role, you can’t really cry about it either, because after all, it was something YOU decided to do.
And when you do happen to let it all out, tears, sniffles and all, your friends just tell you to quit! It’s not a big deal and it’s definitely not the end of the world…it’s just a student group…
Honestly though, realize that the stress, the late nights, the team socials, the frantic, day-of, running around will eventually turn into cherished memories. No, it’s not easy right now. You have a million things on your plate and the last thing you want is your exec messaging you to find volunteers for the bake sale, but it’ll help you learn how to manage your time and get tasks done.
The experience, friends, and memories gained are invaluable. They’ll help you grow and become a better leader in whatever you do. But remember to take a breather and learn to say NO.
Your mind, time, and life will thank you.