I know one of the hardest things to do as a pre-med is to find a healthy balance between school/work and your social life. When I first started college, I was going out almost every night because there was always a different party social event to go to that, according to my friends, I “just couldn’t miss.” Once I realized that my grades were slipping, I swung the pendulum so far the other way and made school my whole world. I finally learned how to balance the two worlds my last year of college {better late than never I guess}.

After much trial and error, I have settled on three key rules that help me live a balance life.

1. Have routines

2. Keep a planner

3. Surround yourself with positive people

Let’s be real, we are mostly all Type-A, neurotic lunatics who need some organization to make it through. I’ve noticed that having routines keeps me sane and gets rid of that “I-should-have-gone-to-the-gym-but-I-forgot” feeling. I have a morning routine, an after work routine, and an overall week routine. By far the most helpful of those three is the overall week routine. Knowing what I’m doing every day of the week keeps me on track and stops me from procrastinating on house chores and other boring, but necessary activities. I also like breaking my days into those smaller routines to make sure that I am using my time wisely.

After Work Routine
5PM: get home and play with Sadie Lee
5:30PM: feed Sadie Lee and have dinner
6:30PM: gym time
7:30PM: walk Sadie Lee
8PM: wipe down kitchen counters
8:30PM: shower and get ready for bed
9PM: read in bed
10PM: sleep!

Along with routines, keeping a planner is my saving grace. I make sure to write everything down from when I should brush my dogs teeth to a random oyster roast that I have months away. I also love to color code everything that I write in my planner and use sticky notes to keep my goals for the week and my shopping lists. I told you…neurotic.


IMG_1797Planner is Erin Condren

My final rule is to surround yourself with amazing and supportive family and friends. These are the people who are going to get you out of the library when you’re studying on your birthday. These are also the same people who are going to check you if they see you at five parties that week rather than studying. Honestly, my friends and family are one of the main reasons for my success.IMG_1806Finding balance in life is one of the hardest things to do {especially as a pre-med}, but I hope this post helped! May we all get great grades, but not at the expense of living our lives.