Start the Summer with a BANG!

May 5th is that golden date for most Canadian students. Getting through those final exams was the easy part, but now you’re starting a new job summer job and you want to make the best impression possible (or at least I hope so). I’m a big fan of fresh starts, so I think it’s important to organize your time wisely and make sure you’ve properly recovered from your potentially-traumatizing school year. So instead of spending the next week waking up at noon and binge-watching Netflix, let me tell you how to feel like a whole new woman (or man) by your start date, and get ready to take on the future!

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Stop Making ‘Busy’ a Bad Word

I’ve been meaning to write this blog post for a while, but ironically, I’ve been too busy.

Over the past few months there’s been this huge thing against the the busyness of millennials’ lives, ever so nicely referred to as the “cult of busy”. Now if you have the time (and really, who does) to browse through the numerous essays on the site, you’ll find university and college students proclaiming that they’ve “freed” themselves from packed schedules and obligations; warning others to escape this apparent CULT.

Yes, maybe it’s not fair that your thirty thousand dollar degree won’t guarantee you a job after graduation, and maybe it’s slightly unhealthy that we  live off of 5 hours of sleep per night and unsightly high doses of caffeine. But that’s the way it is, and sitting around writing about how much it sucks only gives other people the chance to get ahead of you.

I have to admit, sometimes I look at my weekly schedule and weigh the pros and cons of becoming a hippie. And then there’s the days when I wish I had the will power to press snooze six times in a row. So why am I not ditching this cult with the rest of them? Well, I love what I do.

If you fill your time with clubs and jobs that you don’t feel passionately about, obviously it’s going to be hard to get out of bed every morning. And obviously you’re going to wonder why you should even bother. Honestly, I see why we get so stressed about having a stacked resume (competition is fierce these days) but enjoying the process is half the fun. Being busy doesn’t have to be a trade-off between endless commitments and doing what you love – if you’re passionate about the career or field you’re trying to be involved in, the two should be one in the same.

This isn’t to say that I love waking up early every morning, running from meeting to meeting with a muffin as my biggest meal of the day (and yes, I’ve suffered the consequences of these horrible habits). But at the same time, I still have Netflix marathons, regular mani/pedis, and I still stop to smell the roses.

So don’t let being busy scare you, and don’t let exhausted individuals tell you that your stacked to-do list is more like a death wish. I strongly believe that you get out what you put in – and if you want the most out of your education, career, and life… don’t be scared of a few 6 AM wake-up calls and 1 AM bedtimes (and if you want, I can recommend you a fab concealer to ease the pain).

Why You Need to Get Involved

It’s no secret that the job market is more competitive than ever, and for students who are in the midst of finishing their degrees, this can be a scary thought. But while you’re paying thousands of dollars for your education, why not make the most of your money and get involved in some extracurricular activities as well?

I was once a student who was just that – a student. I didn’t try to do anything extra; partly out of intimidation, I think. But my goal for my 3rd year was to change that, and I’m proud to say that’s one 2013 resolution that I managed to accomplish.

Now I can’t tell you how to overcome your own fear and intimidation of participating in social events and gatherings, but I can try to give you as many reasons as possible for why you should take the step out of your comfort zone. So whether you’re just entering your first year of post-secondary, or maybe you’re finishing up your grad program – it’s never too late to get involved.

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