Youthink PS

Spring 2020

Youthink PS is Western Canada¹s post secondary resource guide for high school students planning on attending university, college or other Canadian post secondary institutions and is distributed to 400 high schools across BC and Alberta.

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YOUTHINK.CA SPRING 2020 > YOUTHINK PS 13 W e've heard it all before: Today's youth face greater competition and higher expectations than any other generation when applying for colleges and careers. Having good grades is no longer enough — we are told that we must be well-rounded, dynamic and unique. While it's exciting to challenge the boundaries of our potential as individuals, it can be scary, stressful and just generally difficult to navigate the many pressures — from parents, from school and from ourselves. How can we keep stress levels to a minimum? How should we go about finding the much-needed balance in our lives to avoid the dreaded burnout? Youthink PS offers these five tips to help you stay centred and manage your time and commit - ments successfully: Spend time doing things you can't include on your resumé This one seems a little counterintuitive, but it's among the most important. Take time to eat healthy meals. Be a dependable friend. Get a good night's sleep. Exercise! These little things aren't great resumé-builders, but making time for them can put you into a better headspace to achieve greatness in the things you can put on your resumé. Get out there — meaningfully There are so many different ways to get involved, and so many different leadership skills you can acquire from your involvement. Be creative. What types of things are you passionate about? Chances are that if you join an activity or initiative you don't truly enjoy, you won't excel. Be purposeful. Reflect Take the time to check in with yourself regular- ly; integrate self-reflection into your routines. Know what grounds you When stress hits, it's helpful to identify healthy outlets for relief. It's good to have at least a couple of things to turn to. Whether it's going for a run, playing guitar, writing or drawing, be sure to know what and who you can turn to when you're feeling overwhelmed. Set goals, stay organized and track your progress Setting measureable goals can help you reach your potential. Making lists and consciously recording progress is helpful in meeting mile- stones and charting progress. It's important to remember that personal growth is a journey and not just a destination. Find a process that resonates with you, track your progress and celebrate your accomplishments. • Avoid BURNOUT! 5 TIPS for managing your time and commitments Photo by on Unsplash 1 2 3 4 5 BY ALIYA DOSSA

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