To all my struggling college students working part time jobs for cash and basically full-time unpaid internships; to all my college student community leaders who are beginning to ask themselves why they are stressed out over things they are receiving little thanks or recognition for; my young adult friends not entirely sure of what they’re doing and looking back on college wondering where all their potential went; to anyone who has asked themselves, “Why am I continually stretching myself thin and literally putting MYSELF in situations that demand time and brainpower when I could be resting somewhere comfortable?”
It is worth it. It is worth it to learn if you can handle the stress of dealing with people who don’t understand, who don’t listen, who are just as confused as you are about what the right course of action is. It is worth it to learn everything you can from that part time job and full time internship or Eboard position. Open your eyes to the industry, the struggle of juggling everything, the hard skills you can learn, the personalities you work well with (or don’t), the tough conversations, the hardship of not being able to do everything 100%, the reality that it’s okay to not do everything 100%.
It seems that life is more forgiving when you reach for too much and fail while you’re in college than any other point in your life. So keep reaching. Everything that happens after is for the better. Everything that happens after will make you stronger in all of the areas you need to be stronger in–but only if you let it.