Feeling Overwhelmed? 5 Signs You’ve Taken On Too Much In College

I am the admitted queen of biting off more than I can chew—yet I don’t seem to ever take my own advice. So in a sense, this post is just as much about helping you as it as about helping me realize what I already know.

The freedom of college can sometimes get overwhelming if you don’t know how to but the brakes on it. There is no more 8 a.m.-3 p.m. days like there was in high school, trapping you into a schedule, and your parents don’t tell you when to go to bed, eat dinner, or do your homework anymore.

So before you run full sprint into college-hood, picking up as many tokens as you could along the way, slow down and pace yourself before you burn out before the finish line.

Here’s how you know when you’ve taken on too much:

You’re doing your homework later than ever: OK, OK, so we all know the secret language in college is if your professor gives an assignment two weeks in advance, that really means you have seven days to forget the project exists and then seven more to get it done. However, when this equation turns into 13 days to forget and 1 to do, you have a problem on your hands.

I’ll tell you this is where my biggest problem lies. I see a two-week time frame as 13 days of filling my schedule with as much overtime and volunteering as I can, because technically I “don’t have anything due.” Don’t get caught in this sticky trap. All this mentality leads to is poor quality work and a tension headache. If you’re finding yourself getting your work done late, not because of good ole procrastination, but because you literally don’t have enough time in the day, consider erasing a couple things off your to-do list.

You’re always too tired: College kids are the kings and queens of being tired. We stay up too late, wake up early and party harder than we should. However, there is a line between needing a 2 pm nap and dragging your feet behind everything you do all day. If you find yourself too tired to concentrate in class or on homework, and your friends have consistently taken a back seat to the couch, you’re stretching yourself too thin.

You lost your passions: Nothing is worse than a miserable employee, unfocused student, or irritable friend, for you and the people around you. When you’ve become too tired or stressed to care about work, grades, or having fun with the things you used to love, your busy schedule just became not worth it. Cut a couple bucks off your paycheck, forgo a couple resume building extracurriculars and possibly reconsider taking those six extra credits next semester. They’ll all mean nothing in the end when you either burn out, or look back and remember nothing about college other then the stress.

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Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente is a senior at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. She will be graduating with the BA in Media Studies and Communications in May. Editing the Entertainment section for her university’s newspaper and magazine has fueled her passion for entertainment journalism, which is the career path she plans to explore. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, listening to music, and catching up on celebrity gossip.