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Dismantle, from a feminist perspective, all forms of oppression, including but not limited to those based on ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation.
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Because Sometimes You Don't Know if You Need A Break

Like every-other college student, I sometimes find trouble balancing my young adult life with my work/school life. I want to go out and meet people. I want to study harder for that exam. I want to intern in the summer. I want to play catch up with old friends. It's a never ending cycle of choosing one over the other, canceling on friends, or missing out school/work opportunities. I read somewhere that keeping yourself busy is a great way to fight depression. However, wouldn't burning yourself out trying to keep up with all the different aspects of life also CAUSE depression?  Until recently, I was always under the impression that I have to eventually choose one.
 Work-Life Balance is a big part of the dialogue in the 21st century workplace. Employees all want work-life balance. It seems like people who succeed to give up all their social lives in order to thrive in the workplace. I have noticed the same trend in school- The most active students tend to reject any and all social gatherings.
The only solution is to conjoin work life and social life. BEFORE YOU THINK I AM CRAZY...Take a look at people who have succeeded in fields they absolutely adore. Most of their friends tend to be in the same field because they share the same passion as them. Work doesn't feel like work because it is an activity they look forward to. They don't have to be a different person at work than they are outside of work. The only real way to get work-life balance is to be introspective about what you do and the people you want in your life. Your friends won't make you choose them over your career. A job you truly love will be something you want to talk to your friends about. Even in a school setting, there's no need to sacrifice anything. You need to do work you are excited about and interact with like minded individuals.