Life’s Answers (Aviator News’ Advice Column)

Victoria Herrera, Staff Writer

This is the Aviator News’ first chapter of our new advice column! Of course, we are not professionals in these topics, so feel free to ask further questions or leave some input in the comments section below. Remember that there is a cylinder tin available in the HMSA library where you can anonymously ask for advice about anything.

Topic: How do you manage doing multiple things at once, like multiple clubs, honors/AP classes, sports, home responsibilities, a job, family, and friends without losing your sanity or sleep?

Dear student,

I have gathered a list of reminders to keep you sane:

  1. Stay organized: This sounds extremely cliche, but it is true! Manage your time wisely by keeping a journal or calendar to remind you about due dates or other dates *cue the ooo’s*. If your school supplies aren’t organized, chances are you will freak out when your teacher is asking you to bring that book (that you left under your couch) to school next class.
  2. Ask for help if you need it: Don’t take on too many things at once. If you are overworking yourself, you probably aren’t giving all your responsibilities 110% effort. Ask tons of questions in class and after school. This can prevent the headache of finding out you don’t know how to add fractions when you are doing your math homework the night before it is due.
  3. Stop trying to perfect your homework: In no way am I saying to give your homework less effort. I know in the past when I’ve done English homework assignments, I’ve spent long hours trying to perfect my writing to every last word. This isn’t a crime, but keep in mind that there are other homework assignments that can’t be done if you spend all of your time on one.
  4. Look presentable: Wearing uniform may allow some students to feel imprisoned. Make some time for yourself to feel comfortable with your appearance. This will allow you to feel more confident. I’m not saying you have to wear a full face of makeup to school (unless you want to). It could be something as simple as wearing your favorite necklace that someone gave you.  
  5. Don’t forget to do the things you enjoy doing: This is extremely important to remember. Let’s say you play an instrument; tell yourself that you will learn a new song after you finish your homework. This provides an incentive to finish your homework and also gives you some time to de-stress after having to think for long periods of time. Spending time doing something you love at least once a week will give you that “me time” that every human needs.