Hi, my name is Brandon, and I…am an overachiever. Alright, all joking aside, this is something that can be one of the most stressful aspects of your life. You maintain high grades while working part-time and you’re involved with more than a couple extra-curricular activities. Not to mention helping out in the community and participating in school sports, activities and other hobbies in and outside of school. Now, you may not have all of these things on your plate, but it’s likely you have a good majority of them you know how stressful it can be. There’s only one word to sum up this “do-it-all” personality type for you: overachiever. Yes, a lot of people may take that adjective as an insult or get offended by the terminology because some people use it in a condescending tone. However, there’s no reason to get upset– it’s a part of who you are and what makes you an individual. A self-proclaimed overachiever, I've been overwhelmed for years by taking advanced classes, helping out at my church, bowling on a league and going to tournaments, participating in multiple extra-curricular activities, being a drummer in the band, maintaining a part-time job, staying at the top of my class, and writing and finishing my first novel. Through all of this, I've learned how to help deal with everything. The urge to give up and shoot yourself in the foot…multiple times, is a lot easier to cope with and suppress if you develop the right tools. There are three that I have learned to utilize that will help you more than anything. 1. Find a hobby that you’re really passionate about. No matter what you do, do it and enjoy it. It’s always helpful to lose yourself in an activity that you really care about. If you’re a writer, carry a notebook and write about something any time you can. If you’re a singer, find some alone time and belt out one of your favorite songs. Or, if you’re feeling brave, feel free to do it in a crowd of people; just don’t blame me if you get some weird stares. 2. Spend time with your friends. If you find a day, or even just an afternoon, where your busy life is not preoccupying you, see if you can spend some time with your friends and just have fun. 3. Take some time to relax. It can be taking off of work, having a stay-in, do nothing, pajama day, or maybe taking an entire personal day to get some sleep or take a few steps back from the mental cliff you’re currently dangling over. A you-day may be just what you need to recover. No matter how in-over-your-head you’re feeling or how much you have going on in your life, it’ll all be worth it in the end. That heavy load you've put onto yourself will help you get into that perfect college. If you’re already in college, it’ll help shape you into an individual that will make you stand out and get the job you've always wanted. So remember to relax and look toward the future. This craziness is worth it; you just need to hang in there. You’re the only one who can live your life, so make it one worth remembering.