A busy bee’s guide to surviving the city

During my three years at NYU, I have kept myself extremely busy: I’ve taken 18 units every semester and held internships and on-campus jobs since freshman year. I’ve also spent the past seven months as an RA, on top of the two jobs I already have. As you can see, I don’t have a lot of time for breaks. So to insure that I stay sane, here are some of the things I do to destress and keep myself going:

1. Bike!

When I lived in LA, I loved taking long drives to clear my head (there’s nothing quite like the wind in your hair while listening to your favorite song). Here I couldn’t do that, but I could rent a bike from NYU’s BikeShare program to get that same feeling. So at least once a week I rent a bike and ride around for hours. It keeps me active and lets me work out any stress I may have from the day. Perfect combo!


2. Explore abandoned buildings

I’m a history nerd and adrenaline junkie, so the idea of spending the afternoon in an old hospital on Staten Island or in underground tunnels in Brooklyn is a dream for me. There are multiple societies in NYC that lead these specialized tours, so I get to visit hidden places without even trespassing (which makes my mom super happy).


3. Dog watch

If you’ve come to a tour at NYU you’ve probably heard us say that Washington Square Park is our campus quad. This is something I couldn’t agree more with, and I consistently take advantage of it. If I’m ever having a bad day, I grab an iced coffee and sit near the dog park of WSP. Just try and frown when you’re surrounded by adorable corgis and frenchies… 99% guarantee you can’t do it.


4. Volunteer

I’m very grateful to live in New York City, to have a supportive family, and (if I do say so myself) a bright future ahead of me. But when things get overwhelming, it’s easy to forget how lucky I am. To keep myself in check I make sure to volunteer and give back to the community. Sometimes that means feeding the homeless through one of the organizations on Bowery, and other times it means helping out Planned Parenthood send out their mailers. Whatever the cause, turning negative energy into a positive influence is always a great way to live.


5. Ask for help!! Seriously!!

One of my favorite parts of being an NYU student is that there are always resources available. Whether it’s needing an extension on a paper from a professor or asking for help with a program I’m planning for my residents, I’ve never felt like I was completely on my own. NYU does a great job of building an environment that  1) makes students want to be great and 2) getting to greatness achievable. So my final way of staying sane is turning to the people around me for help. I can honestly say I wouldn’t be graduating early and doing everything I do without NYU and it’s community members.

1 Comment

  • Hey Dani! I am an incoming commuting freshman with the same ambition to jam-pack my schedule with 18 credit semesters, an on campus job and maybe an internship! I wanted to know if maybe you had an opinion about whether or not some people can handle such a schedule better than others and maybe if it can become too hectic for someone’s mental health. Hope to hear back from you soon!

    Jasmine Balderas
    May 6, 2017

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