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I Live Two Lives, and Here’s How I Do It

By February 22, 2017Live, Motivation, Move, Think

One part student, one part personal trainer.

I dread when people ask me what I do for a living, because I never know what to say.

“I’m a dietetics student at Boston University.”

“I’m a personal trainer at Boston Sports Club.”

But neither of them are wrong. The truth is, I’m both.

A little background about me: For around half of my week, I’m a full-time dietetics and communication student at BU. For the remainder of the week, I’m a personal trainer at BSC (and in my free time, I write and edit articles for numerous platforms, teach tennis, and work on the marketing team for Dig Inn, but that’s just the icing on the cake 😉).

I Live Two Lives, and Here's How I Do It

That’s me!

I switch from talking about classes, professors, and internships to talking about sets and reps. I switch from having to study for exams to programming sessions for clients. I switch from being in an environment full of young students my own age to being in a gym filled with successful doctors and lawyers. I switch from being just a number in a classroom to being at the forefront of changing people’s lives.

As you can imagine, this can take a huge toll on my mental health since I do not have nearly as much free time as I did during my first two years of college, and double the amount of work. When I started my new job as a trainer, I stressed myself sick, didn’t work out (the irony), and might have had more meltdowns than I should have. However, with time, I got better at balancing my two lives out.

Here’s some of the tips that helped me the most:

  1. Have a planner (or two): My weekly planner and Google Calendar are my lifeline. Having a set schedule to refer to helps keep you organized and thus more composed.
  2. Schedule time with friends: It is so easy to get caught up in all the work that a week might fly by and you realize you have done nothing but school and work. Set at least an hour a week to spend with friends. Whether this be lunch, a workout, or city excursion, you need to be with those who care for you and will give you a little laughter therapy.
  3. Make a daily to-do list: Everyone knows that satisfying feeling of crossing something off of a to-do list. Being able to sleep soundly at night because you’ve done all you needed to do for the night is one of the best feelings (in my opinion).
  4. Keep work and school separated: As easy as it is to think about school during work or vice versa, holding yourself accountable to have certain days/hours solely dedicated to school or work will maximize your productivity.
  5. End your day relaxed: Honestly, this is the toughest for me. When I come home late at night, I just want to pass out, regardless of how I’m feeling. But making sure that you’re heart rate has slowed down and your shoulders are relaxed will make you sleep better. Watch an episode of your favorite show on Netflix, stretch, talk about your day with your roommate. Wind down, however you do it.
  6. Reflect on what you’re doing: Think about it. As a student, you are probably being educated by some of the experts in your field. Regardless of what your work is, you are helping someone with something. You are a positive part of at least one person’s life today, and that is something to be grateful for. Think about the impact you have and all the work you put into the day and appreciate that.
  7. Enjoy what you do: Have fun. No one said work has to be work. Being optimistic and generally happy that you are doing what you’re doing (studying at a university and working a job is a privilege to be thankful for), because there is someone out there who would kill to do what you do.

Just because you’re a college student, doesn’t mean that you can’t crush it in the real world either. So what’s stopping you?

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Author Christina Chu

Christina is a Junior at Boston University, majoring in Dietetics and minoring in Communication. She is a tennis instructor at BU, an ACSM CPT, and writes blogs for multiple Registered Dietitians. She can be seen with her headphones in playing one of her Spotify playlists and/or shamelessly taking a picture of everything she eats. You can check her out at @foodietunes on Instagram.

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