The Little Things: try some big picture thinking

Rachel Rogers, online editor

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In life, students often face clashes in their schedule, such as choosing to study for that big test or complete their homework for another class. Even worse is when major, time consuming events are planned for the same day.

I recently learned that I have a college visit on the same day as a group fund raiser between my softball team and the school’s baseball team. This is the choice between visiting what could possibly be my future home for the next four years, or working with my friends and teammates to better our own team.

The pressure of choosing what you think is best, especially when faced with two beneficial choices, is a situation that often causes students unneeded stress.

To reduce anxiety, students need a big picture mindset. For example, in my situation I try not to think about how missing the fundraiser means that I cannot contribute to new uniforms and equipment for my team and future players. I also try not to worry over how missing this college visit may mean that I make a wrong decision about what college I attend.

A big picture mindset involves thinking about your life five year from today, and wondering whether either of your choices will have a major impact at that time. Often times, they usually do not. In the end college is college, and I probably will not be playing softball later in life.  

For students, a smart decision involves logical thinking and input from others. However, it should never cause more stress then it is worth, especially when high school is stressful enough.

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