Health and balance

Best tips by Union students

  • Find your own balance

Find what is most important to you and balance everything else around it. Doing this helps me to prioritize. In terms of concentrating my efforts, I put academics at the highest priority. Everything else falls somewhere beneath, to various degrees. [Cregg Brown]

Balance is very important in maintaining your sanity. People's needs are different, so know yourself and what you require. Find a balance between what you want to do and what you have to do in order to save yourself from drowning in an unenjoyable experience. [Ryan Lee]

  • Get enough sleep. (8 hours?) Eat properly.

I like to make sure that I eat 3 meals a day and get about 8 hours of sleep a night. If I don't keep this balance, then I won't be productive or even feel good. What's more, we certainly don't want those meal plans to go to waste, now do we? :)

Eating breakfast especially helps me through any early morning classes. Nothing is more embarrassing than having your stomach growl at the wrong time in class. [Cregg Brown]

  • Recognize when you need a change

  • Participate in other activities while you're at Union. College is not only about academics.

I feel strongly that Union students should try to be as open- minded as possible. Just as I can't understand people who blow off their classes and never do work, I similarly cannot understand people who spend all of their time working. We only have four years of college, so it's important to get all that you can out of it. Go to the lecture series, do community service, make your voice and opinion known on campus. My years at Union have gone by very fast, so I would advise anyone to make the most out of the short time here. [Rebecca Butterfield]

  • But don't spread yourself too thin.

In my Sophomore year, I got involved in a number of extracurricular activities; certainly more than I could handle. As a result, I was not able to spend enough time on my coursework -- and my grades showed! But now, I've limited myself and feel much better; I'd rather give them a little time than none at all. [Cregg Brown]

  • Use the gym to shape in shape, have fun, deal with stress.

My opinion: I like to go to the gym. Working up a sweat takes my mind off school and keeps stress at a healthy level. The hour I spend at the gym is for me, and I try hard to set aside that personal time. This is also a good
place to bring a notebook, sit down on a bike, and read over my notes. I like to kill 2 birds with one stone. It saves me time later in the evening. [Kathy Klemm]

I enjoy going to the gym. I like to lift weights, run, play basketball and meet different people. It's also a good place for me to release stress, frustration and energy.  Working out also helps me to build confidence. By looking and feeling better, I gain new confidence and self-assurance which helps me to accomplish difficult goals and overcome personal problems. [Ryan Lee]