Hey Guys, I am Tai, a 2nd Year Design Student and one of your Digital Content Ambassadors. I have found that as I get deeper into my university degree my mind has become bombarded with more and more life questions: Am I doing enough extracurricular activities? Am I making the most of my university life? What happens after I graduate?
Having to constantly juggle these issues, show up to lectures and hand in all my assignments on time has taken a toll on my mental health. So today I’d like to talk about some strategies I use to regain some balance in my life.
In my first year, my coursework was light and manageable allowing me to have free time to hang out with friends, grab a Costas/Starbucks, binge watch Netflix and even catch up with family and friends back home. As year 2 rolled around, I anticipated that the workload would be more intense but it really only hit home when the term began. I struggled a lot with finding a balance. It was exhausting trying to keep up with my courses, having a social life or simply finding me time. My free time was fairly non-existent, so I really had to make what little free moments count.
Being from the Caribbean, one of the things I love to do is explore. Crossing oceans is in our DNA! In the first term, I loved to go for runs around campus on the university trail and as I became familiar with the route, I would branch off-campus and navigate through neighbouring communities. Yes, I admit, I'm a people watcher and I find it so refreshing to put my life on pause and observe people as I run and try to envision their life stories.
Moving off-campus after the first year has, however, provided new adventures as I am only now discovering Lancaster's hidden gems such as the canal and the castle, which I pretty much walked passed repeatedly without notice. So, my advice is whenever things get tough, grab a camera, a snack, a - whatever, and go out and connect with your environment, to take your mind off things. Escape for a bit and allow yourself to be consumed by all the sights and sounds and yes, the shivers, sometimes, when it's cold. It is 100% worth it!