By Jessica Kaiser
It’s an expectation to be involved in college.
From the evening of the activity fair onward, student schedules start to pile up.
On average, students are in two or three activities on top of their class work.
College students must take around 15 credit hours a semester to graduate in four years, and if students are encouraged to spend two hours outside of class for every hour in class, the hours start to add up.
Unsurprisingly, this usually leads to stress.
“I think that a lot of students at Franklin overcommit,” John Shafer, Director of the Counseling Center, said. “They have so many things going on that sometimes I think their classes suffer, and I think that their emotional well-being suffers.”
There are ways to fix the stress from activities.
“I think it’s helpful to look at your schedule, look at your life, and see if you’re feeling really overwhelmed, what can you let go of?” Shafer said. “Sometimes we need to make a difficult choice in life and let go of some things.”
Strained schedules can lead to students cutting out time for eating, sleeping, socializing and relaxing.
“I guess it just depends on the day,” senior Haedyn Scgalski said. “I think sometimes sleep is the easier thing to cut out of your schedule.”
Although Scgalski said she wasn’t involved her freshman year, she said she felt the pressures of balancing school work and activities her junior year.
“Last year, I feel like I struggled more,” Scgalski said. “I had a harder time finding that balance because I was taking more credits than I’m taking now.”
Assistant Register for Student Academic Services Kelli Jones said being involved is necessary for the “full Franklin College experience.”
“There are many great extracurricular things to do here and organizations to belong to that we encourage you to do,” Jones said. “[But] academics should always take priority.”
Jones said she thinks students have a tendency to get too involved and lack on academics or get too focused on academics and not get involved.
“It takes organization, time management, balance and all of those things have to be worked out to properly be able to do all of those things and do them well,” Jones said. “I would recommend that students pick something, but not a lot.”