This blog was written by Madison Elliott, our Campus Ambassador at Quinnipiac University. Follow her on Twitter at: _Maddierose
I’m a pretty busy person with being on the Chapter Relations and Standards Board and recently elected for Assistant VP of New Member education for my sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, not to mention being an Intern Queen Ambassador! I love being so involved and taking leadership roles, but sometimes it is hard to balance. However, in the end I’m able to do it all while maintaining a high GPA and a pretty decent social life. Here are some tips on how I do it:
1. Choose to be apart of things that I enjoy. If you try to take leadership roles in something you don’t enjoy just to put it on a resume, then it will be just that. You won’t be able to gain much from the experience and it will start to feel like a chore and add to the stress of balancing all your activities.
2. There is such a thing as being too involved. Some people think that’s a negative way to look at it, but honestly it’s true. Don’t get involved in 6 different clubs and organizations and only give 10 percent. Get involved in a couple groups and give 100% to each, that way you get the most out of your experience.
3. Organization your organizations. Prioritize what activities come first. Mine sounds a little like: Family, School, Alpha Chi Omega, and Social Life. If you pick the right type of involvement, then like me, you won’t have to do that much prioritizing because your organization will be your social life.
4. Be a Werewolf, not a Vampire. When I called my father crying one Friday night about all the tests I had coming up, he had some pretty unexpected advice. He said, “There are only so many Friday nights in college before they’re gone forever, and you’re going to wish you had them back.” At first I thought my dad was giving me the green light to go party and bomb the tests. Then he said, “When I say Friday I don’t mean Monday through Friday, I just mean Friday. Be a werewolf not a vampire.” When I asked the difference between the two fictional beasts, my dad replied, “Werewolves only go out on full moons, vampires are out every night.” Moral of the story, it’s ok to go out on the weekends when all of your work is done, but not to abuse the good time.