Hold On.

I feel like I have been preparing for this part of the semester all semester long. So, if you don’t already know, I am a pretty Type-A, futuristic, planner type of guy. I enjoy thinking ahead and figuring out what I can get done ahead of time, and no I am not trying to interview right this second! So, since this is my reality and I knew I would be going to OPE, taking comps, heading to TPE & NASPA, and then having grad candidates on campus all within a three week time frame – I knew to plan ahead.

Yet, this weekend, I had this huge feeling that I needed to get ready to start just holding on.
It was almost like I was buckling into a roller coaster. This week feels like the ascent of the roller coaster, and to be honest I don’t really like this feeling.

While it might be inevitable to feel this way since I feel like this may be a general feeling throughout this time of year I figured I should come up with some strategies to deal with it.

Make lists: Not just your typical lists, but lists of things that I have already accomplished so I can just start crossing off tasks left and right. This gives me a great sense of accomplishment, which then motivates me to finish menial tasks, which then continues to give me energy.
Be Flexible: So like I said – I like making plans. Sometimes – actually oftentimes – my plans do not always work in the order I want them to. I have to be flexible, be willing to work with the unexpected and just get things done.
Be Gentle: Be kind to yourself, it will allow you to be kind and hopefully positive about everything and everyone. More importantly – you deserve it. This is a hard, busy, stressful, responsibility-full time, and we deserve our own kindness.

I think these three things will be part of my strategy to make it through this roller coaster ride of the year. Please, don’t get me wrong – I love this time of year and am ready to have fun! Just have to hold on and get everything done!

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In peace,

Ryan Bye 

Student Affairs - the First Years

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