What comes to mind when you see the word juggle? For some, a clown throwing three balls in the air is what they’ll see, but for others, for most college students, you picture yourself juggling life. As college students, no matter who you are, you’re juggling something. Whether it’s a relationship, and school, or it’s a full time job and the hardest class you’ve ever had. We don’t all have the same struggles, but it’s there for everyone.
I’m a full time student, and a full time military wife. Just like a real juggler, sometimes we feel like we’ve got it all under control, but then something happens, and everything seems to just fall to the ground. I’m supposed to be starting my junior year this fall, everything was going as planned until my husband got new orders. We knew that it would be happening soon, we just didn’t know when. The time is now, and we’re moving to a new state, with new people and new schools. I’ve never been to California, nor do I know anyone that lives where we’re going. As a full time student, I’m a nervous wreck because I’m not going to be able to go to school in the fall, and I don’t know where I’m going to go in the spring.
As a military wife, I’m confident and calm because I know it’s what we have to do, and there’s nothing we can do to change it. I never imagined when I went off to college that I’d be married before I graduated, but then life happens and you have to decide if you’re willing to juggle for the things that are important to you. I know that there are other students out there that have more struggles than me, or maybe even the same struggles, which is why I’m here to say that you’re not alone.
Some people think when you go off to college it’s all about the parties, but for most of us, that’s not the case at all. College is where you discover how strong you really are, it’s where you get to choose the path you walk down. Just because you juggle, and just because you feel stressed, you’re not losing. All of this just leads us to where we’re going in life. We all have juggling in common, it just looks different on everyone.