It is the beginning of the semester and you are feeling refreshed and ready to take on a full set of classes. However, maybe you were just a little too ambitious when registering for classes and now, after a week, it seems to be too much stress.
Don’t worry, though, there are ways to tell if you have booked your schedule too full and ways work through it.
An online blog by Andrea Dekker said that, like a lot of things, the amount of “stuff” you can fit in varies from person to person.
“Our own personal energy levels play a huge factor into how much we can realistically accomplish in a day, a week or month,” Dekker said.
That being said, there are a few symptoms of an overloaded schedule.
For junior human development and family studies major, Lexi Osland, one sign you are too busy is constantly feeling under pressure and stressed.
“I also just think that if you are constantly feeling like you don’t have time to do the things you enjoy because school work is taking up too much of your attention, then you should probably cut some things out,” Osland said.
Sophomore nursing major, Sophie Belling, said another indication you are overloaded is “failing tests or quizzes due to not understanding the overall material in class because you are too focused on other things.”
Even signs like regularly forgetting things, being easily overwhelmed and feeling guilty about taking time for yourself can be traits of being too busy, Dekker said.
Learning the early signs of a crowded schedule can help combat an intense semester and help you stay on top everything.
Of course, dropping a class can seem like an easy fix to the problem, but if the class is necessary to your major, dropping it will just result in having to take (and pay for) it again.
The situation is not hopeless, however, there are certainly tips and tricks to help you persevere through a semester that feels like it could not get any more hectic.