As I sit on the beach on spring break, I reflect on my undergraduate career and the things I have learned, academically and otherwise. Through the ups and downs, opportunities and setbacks, the most important thing I have learned is to love myself.
The first time I remember truly loving who I am was when I spent a semester in Ireland. I was finally able to feel a sense of calm that I haven’t felt in a very long time. I became more confident in who I was as a person, confident in the person I was becoming and, most importantly, confident in my faith.
When life happens or I am feeling overwhelmed with school work, I look back at that time and that feeling and it gives me the motivation to keep going because I know I can overcome any obstacle God puts in my path. That self-love has kept me sane in times when I don’t know what would have happened if I didn’t have it.
College can be extremely stressful, making it difficult to maintain mental and physical health, but it is so important to take care of yourself. Take a step back and do something relaxing or fun for yourself sometimes. School should always be a priority but so should your wellbeing and that is not always emphasized in college. It sounds cliché but it is so true, you cannot pour from an empty cup.
I hope you all have the opportunity to relax and give yourself some love over spring break.