Heavy Workload May Improve Quality of Life
Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Updated: Thursday, February 6, 2014 09:02
Stress: it’s everyone’s favorite kind of emotion, right? Everyone should love that feeling of dealing with multiple deadlines in a single day, all while foregoing the pressures we experience from friends and family to forget the work and embrace the play.
So how could this stress be good for anyone?
First, there should be a disclaimer. If a student is getting only four hours of sleep a night because the student is dedicating hours upon hours to study, work and study some more without any social life, I strongly advice you to check out the fantastic counseling center we have at the Wellness Center.
However, just the right amount of stress can not only urge, but also force a person to unbelievable new heights.
The expression that pressure turns coal into diamonds certainly applies here. There is no challenge for the coal if it isn’t ever pushed, pulled sideways or stretched apart by surrounding forces. The coal has to go through inexplicable forces to change at all.
However, the result can be breathtaking in beauty while admirable in composition.
The same could be said for an everyday student, including the great pool of pupils we have on campus at North Dakota State.
How is one ever supposed to grow if there is only so much stress applied? No, it is not only our responsibility, but also our right to push ourselves to new heights.
This is why students come to NDSU in the first place. They want to get a degree while learning along the way. But it is up to the individual how much development should take place.
There are plenty of people who are under stress everyday. Being student media sure isn’t easy. Writing stories under deadline, editing packages on time for a newscast or simply being the first one to get to a story can be simply overwhelming.
Which is one reason I love it so much.
It makes me better as a person. Getting time away from the couch and in the office is going to make me exponentially better as a reporter when I come out of college. But that’s not even the best part.
I’m thinking it should force me to become a better person, too.
There are few ways of learning how to appreciate something, but I believe the best way is by working for it. If a person can work to attain their dreams of getting that job or getting that salary to support a family, then that person can truly appreciate everything he/she has.
All of this can happen with the proper application of one thing: stress.
Colton is a junior majoring in journalism.