My name is Kia and I’m an acting member, focusing on tutoring in student union TUO’s board.
I started studying business and logistics in the fall of 2020.
As my studies progressed, I got interested in the TUO’s board of representatives’ elections and after lengthy recommendations I decided to run for a position on the board.
I got into the board as a supplementary member and quickly into the board of TUO.
At first, I thought I would easily have enough time for my studies,
working and act as a member of the board.
It quickly turned out that this wasn’t as easy as it first seemed.
I needed to cut something off because otherwise
I wouldn’t have been able to do any of the three properly.
I decided that I could do without a few courses whilst
still gaining the recommended amount of studying points.
This created a more functioning balance everyday life to keep the stamina up.
Balance is the key. Without balance some parts of the life will surely suffer.
Everybody has surely heard of the Holy Trinity: social relationships, schoolwork, and sleep.
You can’t focus on social relationships without it having an impact on school performance, and you can’t have a decent performance in school without sleeping less.
The magic word for combining all of these is of course scheduling,
as obvious as it might sound.
It’s highly recommended to take control of your own calendar
and be sure to schedule spare time too, for example going for a run or reading a book.
Then you won’t accidentally schedule something on top of it
and you’ll remember to take time for yourself and relax too.
Even though acting as a board member takes a few hours each week,
I haven’t regretted getting into this at all. Time is always manageable and running out of steam is avoided by remembering to take care of yourself.
Even though I’m happy to take all kinds of “extra stuff” and I do say yes often, I have also learned to delegate some things to other if my schedule is simply full. This is an important skill later in work too in order to maintain motivation and well being.
The importance of taking care of your well being is highlighted especially during these times.
You don’t need to feel well all the time, and it’s completely fine.
If everyday life feels heavy, remember to ask for help from those close to you and to be in touch with a school psychologist with studies or overall well being relating questions!