College is a lot of get this much done in this amount of time within these boundaries (parameters or on this schedule). This can feel like a lot of pressure and expectation; however, I am here to tell you that it does not have to be like that. So, here is a reminder: in order to be a successful student, have the final goal in mind, get lost in each step and let the transitions happen as they come. I find that I need to remind myself of this in my art practice. I sometimes get so focused on the final product that I forget that a final product is constructed of different pieces that need to be done well and pulled together in the end. Know your end goal, but concentrate on the work at hand.

This reminds me of something I was taught in boarding school - being in the here and now. I went to boarding school for my senior year of high school out in the Wild West on a ranch. We had to be in the here and now since there are a multitude of important parts to running a ranch. If you were not in the here and now while bringing in the horses from pasture then you could get trampled, lose a horse, or even have to start all over again if the horses were not tied correctly. Even when we were doing our homework or classwork, there were so many chores that had to be done at specific times that, if you did not hone into your work and get it done in the time allotted, it meant you had more homework to do after chores because animals do not wait. There was no leeway on chores.

This past week (right before our mid-term break), I felt as though I was going to burst. So much due, so little time, so much stress! I felt as though every little thing I did was getting me nowhere and, just when I was sure I couldn’t hold on any longer, break came! For break, I have decided to stay at my house at UD and just catch up, get things done and relax! So… that’s what I’ve been doing. I cleaned, slept in, went grocery shopping, caught up with friends, ran errands, mailed, finished a few things I had been slowly working on for my friends and am now spending the rest of my time doing homework. This is my breakthrough! I believe God always gives us a breakthrough when we feel we just can’t do it anymore.

Just remember that it’s important to keep the final product in mind and have a goal; however every step, every process, every moment counts and should be delved into. By doing this the project will come together as you focus on being in the here and now giving as much passion, dedication and commitment as you can!

Happy Break to all the UD staff and students out there! And to all you prospective students, I hope this gives you peace of mind about the work load that comes with college – there’s always a breakthrough right around every corner that will help to get you through when you are sure you can’t!

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