The Jambar Editorial: New year, new challenges

Whether you are just starting out at Youngstown State University or getting ready to finish your degree, the start of the spring semester can be daunting. The start of new classes, deadlines and responsibilities are all part of the new year. Though it is easy to get caught up in the fast pace of student life, it is important to check in with yourself often. 

Many college students shy away from taking time for themselves simply because they do not want to fall behind. In the age of the pandemic, this concern becomes even more pressing. The rampant spread of COVID-19 in recent weeks makes us all the more likely to be stressed and at risk for burnout. 

Don’t let yourself get so caught up in school that you neglect your hobbies and the things that bring you joy. This isn’t to say you should forsake your studies entirely — there is a happy medium between devoting a healthy portion of time to academics and doing things for enjoyment. Allow yourself to take study breaks. Set a goal for the amount of schoolwork you need to accomplish in a day, and allow yourself time after to unwind and let your mind relax. 

College can bring a lot of stress to many students. Many think pushing through will help get them to their destination, but fail to notice how sometimes pushing through can make matters worse. Learning how to take care of yourself is an important life lesson to learn and is a major key to happiness.

We at The Jambar would like to welcome you into the spring 2022 semester and remind you to take time for yourself. Self-care is always important, even more so when going into a new semester during a pandemic. Whether it be spending time with friends or family, taking a mental health day or even just taking time to be by yourself, practice taking care of yourself when you need to.