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Letter from the Section Editor: New Year, New Me?


Written by Sarah Joseph

Time has seemed to fly by! Another year has come and gone. 100 Days has just passed and I have become very reflective as of late. After all, I am about to enter the workforce and adult life will hit me in a few short months. This year will be a year of transition for me–I will be graduating from college and beginning a new chapter of my life.  With these changes, I will most likely change. I am probably not the only one changing this year as people attempt to create resolutions to change in 2020. 

So what’s a girl gotta do to maintain a semblance of sanity and vitality? As seniors oft think they know best, I will drop some sage advice about how to handle change in a healthy manner and prevent a quarter life crisis. 

Advice #1: Don’t take on more than you can handle. 

As someone who almost always takes on more than she can handle, this is most definitely the best advice for those struggling with their mental health.  Burnout is a real thing ladies and gents. According to Psychology Today, burnout can affect you physically, emotionally, and professionally.  You don’t want to be burned out before you even make it to a real job.The best way to combat burnout is to be kind to yourself, listen to your body, and understand you can’t do everything. I have just recently minimized my responsibilities and let me say I am loving it.

Advice #2: Enjoy these moments.

I am not one to get sentimental, however, I already find myself looking back on my time here at Roanoke: the life long friendships I’ve formed and how they formed; those late night Waffle House drives because studying made us hungry; the Saturday nights I had 10 swipes to use at Cavern because I was a freshman who discovered Chick-fil-A and Sheetz for the first time; the mornings I zombied walked to class, asking myself was it worth staying up until 4 am watching Rock of Ages and discovering how much I have in common with the people that I now call friends.The answer is yes. It is worth it.  Enjoy whatever makes you smile at Roanoke. Do things that you enjoy. Don’t do things just because you think you should. Take classes that you want to take and be with people you want to be with. Take chances. These memories will follow you as far as your education will take you.