The Importance of Taking Deep Breaths

Where to begin on this one… sigh (see what I just did there?) I guess the only logical place to begin this post is last Saturday (February 12th). So last Saturday was the first day of an insanely busy week for me. It was easily the busiest week I’ve had so far this semester.

The reason for my tight schedule and dangerously high stress level was the fact that last Friday (February 17th) was the day that our first architecture project was due. The project was to design a pavilion and I am happy with the way that my pavilion turned out.

I would tell you how many hours I spent on my project last week, but my intentions in this post are not to scare away any potential architecture majors. The thing about architecture is that it quite frankly consumes your life. While this may sound a little doom-and-gloomy, generally, it is a wonderful obsession. Regardless of all the blood, sweat, and tears (I am speaking literally here, I accidentally cut myself with my X-Acto knife twice), I can undoubtedly say architecture is my passion and I can’t imagine my life without it. And neither should any of you. Think about it… can you imagine a world without architecture?

I digress here, the point of this post is not to convert you all into architecture fanatics either, but to remind you to step back from stressful or overwhelming situations and take a deep breath. When you remove yourself from the immediate situation it is easier to reevaluate how to manage the things you are feeling stressed about.

Another valuable lesson I am currently learning is in college it is crucial for you to pick your battles. What I mean by this is you shouldn’t stress about little things or the things that you have less control over. It is very important to keep in mind what you can change, what you can’t, and to be able to know the difference between the two. If you don’t think of all of your stresses this way, it will be easy to feel completely inundated. College is not supposed to push you to insanity.

Here’s to hoping you all have a wonderful, stress-free remainder of your week!

Elisa

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