I have always known myself for being someone who enjoys being involved. When there is a guest speaker or debate on campus, I am usually always in attendance. I participate in a wide variety in clubs and organizations on campus. As you can tell, it is very difficult for me to say no. However, saying no is sometimes necessary. When I first arrived on campus, I said yes to just about any organization that asked me to be a part of their team. My first year was filled with different club meetings and group discussions along with listening to various speakers that visited Luther. While I was gaining lots of new information, I found myself having little to no time for me and my work. I was unable to devote my full self to anything because I was too involved.
Upon further reflection, I realized that it was time for me to say no. My freshman year had ended and I wanted to make sure I entered my sophomore year involved in way less things than before. I made sure to notify the clubs and organizations that I was in before that I could not be a part of their team anymore. I made sure that I didn’t feel the need to attend every speaker that was coming to Luther. I chose activities that made me the most happy so I could leave enough time to focus on myself and my studies.
While I still can’t help but occasionally revert back to my old ways, I can honestly say that I am better off than I was before. Some may take one look at my schedule and still think that I am too involved. However, I have found a balance and feel much better about what I am involved in. Saying no can sometimes hurt, but it can help your well-being in more ways than you can ever imagine. Making sure to leave for yourself and participating in activities that matter most to you will ultimately make your college career much more worthwhile.