It happened again. Despite my best efforts at prevention, stress has become a relapsing symptom. Atlantic-10 Conference play started, midterm exams are next week and the job search is in full gear. Now, more than ever, sleeping seems like a waste of precious time. Every second is an opportunity to practice a case interview, read a few extra pages for my nationalism class or stay after practice to perfect my shot inside the box.

College seniors, like players in the game of soccer, are expected to perform at our highest level in different positions every day. In the early mornings at practice, I must bring enthusiasm and concentration. The classroom demands a different kind of energy and curiosity, while my part-time internship position requires commitment and focus for our clients. I am a student, athlete, sister, intern, friend, job seeker, and now a blogger. Short-term deadlines for projects and exams easily capture my attention, and the job search suddenly becomes just a word on the to-do list. The energy I felt around creating “the next part of my life” now at times is really more debilitating. With so much opportunity and so many options, it is easy to feel overwhelmed.

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