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If one ever feels like giving up, what should one keep in mind?

Many times, my days become over whelming and there are times I just want to walk away from things. #college #career #career-counseling #motivation

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Brent’s Answer

Hi Vanessa - Taylor's answer is spot on. College can be so tough, especially when you're trying to balance school, a social life, possibly work, and all those other things in life that make it life. Find something you love to - or even something you have a passing interest in - to "de-stress." You can find happiness in little things. As an example, in college, I was in school for education, but I loved fashion so I got a very part-time job at The Gap. It was great! It was no stress, gave me a discount to feed my fashion habit, and helped me to learn to interact with people other than students.

Stay focused. Take a deep breath. And GOOD LUCK!
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Patricia’s Answer

Who doesn't feel like throwing in the towel in college. It is suppose to be our fun years meeting new friends, games, parties but study seems to get in the way lol. We have all been there done that. What motivated me is the end game. It is over very quickly. Also remember the school loans or the money you put into the endeavor. I always took 12 hours (minimum full time) so I could give myself some breathing room. My program ran during the full 3 month summer also so the only breaks I had were at Christmas (and that wasn't really a break because I still had to study to stay head of the program). Just relax. It will be ok. I had lots of sleepless nites and my main theme song was I'm gonna fail I gonna fail (but I always passed). You know more than you think you know. It all works out. Reach out if you need any help or motivation from us...Good luck and God bless!

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Charles’s Answer

Vanessa,

I agree with Taylor, it taking some "me" time. Obviously you want to make sure there isn't any homework do or tests to study for, but I would suggest taking a day off (perhaps a Friday and go through the weekend) to just unwind and relax. There are several areas in Northern California that are serene and relaxing. College is something that you obviously wanted, but I would recommend sticking to it. I unfortunately only completed one year of college, because I "gave in" and although I am doing well (been with the same company for almost 20 years, have a family, etc) - it took a lot of hard work without a degree. So I suggest stepping outside enjoy fresh air, relax and take one (or hopefully a weekend off) to regroup and finish staying the course.


If you need additional support if you have taken a day off, then comment to Taylor or myself so we can offer some other suggestions or that support you need. I'm sure your friends and family are also there to help you.

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Taylor’s Answer

Hey Vanessa! College is tough and I completely get that. If you need to take a day off, just do it. Consider taking a class or hobby to get away from school. Personally, I love to cook and play basketball. Do something completely unrelated to your major so that you're not just grinding away at the same thing day in and day out.

Good luck with your search and keep strong :)
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Christine’s Answer

Hi Vanessa, There are so many really nice quotes that I think of when I read your statement. One that comes to mind is "If it's worth doing it's worth doing well" . This is something that I apply to all aspects of my life. When it is time to focus and work for instance I give it my full attention and best effort, similarly when it is time to relax and recharge my batteries I also focus on ensuring that is quality time spent doing things I love and enjoy. It really is about using your time well and having a balance in your life. Finding balance is not easy, however with planning it does become a little easier. Hang in there, anything worth doing is sometimes challenging.

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