Letter to the editor: How much is enough?


Now that I am in my final year here at Wartburg, I have come to a stark realization: I may have become an overachiever. This is something I never expected to happen.

I am a full-time student, I have an internship and I have two other on-campus jobs. Besides that (bear with me), I am an executive on two on-campus organizations, I’m becoming super involved in a third and I try to have a decent social life with my friends.

There are weekly meetings to go to and it is usually pretty important to eat food, as well. I prioritize sleep and even try to get a decent workout in every few days.

Obviously, to be successful I need to be busy every second of the day and have no free time, right? No, not really—but I feel like that is what is expected here.

When did the idea of free time become something bad?

Well, I’d say sometime around the time I became a student here at Wartburg. This is a campus of overachievers.

When I don’t have my week completely scheduled out, I actually feel guilty.  And after all of that, I can say that I am not the busiest person on this campus, and I feel completely overwhelmed a lot of the time.

This is where I try to break away from  the reality of Wartburg and think of life outside this campus.

We push ourselves now because we want to succeed in life. We want decent grades and strong experiences so we can find a great career after we graduate.

I have been told that I have a lot of experiences on my resume that will help me find a job, and in the “real world,” I feel confident that my resume puts me ahead of the game, when looking at students from other colleges.

But compared so many other students on this campus, I often feel entirely inadequate.

There are so many people here that seem to have their life together. A lot of people I see around have known what they wanted to do with their lives very early on in college. Some already have jobs set aside after graduation. Others are constantly busy because they are involved in a multitude of things on campus.

Often times I ask myself, “Am I doing enough? Will I succeed as much as these other people? Do I want to be successful at the loss of other experiences in life?”

My answer is no. I realized the things I have accomplished in my years at Wartburg have been pretty awesome. I don’t want to push myself further than I can handle.

Now is time ask yourself these same questions: Is it really worth it to sacrifice your sleep, sanity and social life to do everything you are trying to do?

We are all capable of accomplishing great things, but it should never be at the cost of our health and sanity.

Natasha Willey is a fourth-year student and can be contacted at natasha.willey@wartburg.edu.

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