Friends, this issue of The Minstrel was not easy to coordinate. No issue ever is—my diligent staff and I do real work to produce every issue, more work than you might think. The process looks like this: Hold a staff meeting, brainstorm and assign articles and photography assignments, research and write the articles, take pictures, edit edit edit, lay everything out in the ridiculous computer program known as Adobe InDesign, edit again for good measure, send to the publisher, run around campus distributing the papers and catch a few breaths before the cycle starts all over again.
But why do you care? You’re busy, too. You’re the president of three different clubs, or you’ve entered the master’s portion of the physician assistant studies program, or you’re a varsity athlete training and competing year-round. Some of you fit more than one of these descriptions. Getting back into my Minstrel routine this semester has reminded me that DeSales is not a campus of slackers. Most of us work hard at what we do and are involved all over campus.
The problem is, our culture glorifies tight schedules and all-nighters. We often value ourselves by what and how much we accomplish. It’s tough to keep ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually healthy when we spread ourselves so thin. I know this all too well. Last spring, I loaded my proverbial plate with more than I could carry—plenty of schoolwork, extracurriculars, friendships and multiple jobs. As one of my professors pointed out to me, I was “being everything to everyone.”
So how do we cope with this business of busyness? For starters, prioritize—and don’t be afraid to put yourself at the top sometimes. If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to help others effectively. Don’t let yourself live a life of perpetual resume-building. That ninth club you want to join really won’t mean anything to a prospective employer five years from now, no matter what the club’s president tells you. If you’re a person of faith, it might help to “remember who and whose you are,” an increasingly common saying reminding us that our bodies and lives are gifts from God to be treated as such. And no matter what, always have “RELAX” somewhere on your to-do list, even if it’s just to decompress for 20 minutes after a stressful day.
In the meantime, we can also properly admire the fruits of our peers’ labor in this issue. Alumna Katie Kusik exemplifies hard work; her time at DeSales and her career path to becoming a marketing and public relations director are profiled on page 3. Staff writer Erika Domingues is able to mix work and fun every day during her participation in the Disney College Program, which she tells us about on page 7.
So keep being the awesome, accomplished people you are and you can find happiness in your jobs the way Katie and Erika have. Get to work—but don’t work too hard.
Until next time, DeSales,