Living Life On Purpose

Hey there, Northeastern leaders!  How is fall treating you?

In the spirit of Daylight Savings, I ask you: what would you do if you had one extra hour each day?  Would you spend it with loved ones?  Use it to catch up on Instagram?  I recently saw the movie About Time, and it jumpstarted my thinking on how we can live life more purposefully.

Living with purpose requires us to manage our time, which can be really challenging as a student leader.  This month, I chatted with Nathan Guerin, a sophomore history major who has already established a pretty eclectic profile on campus.

photo(Look at all that extra time Nathan’s got in his hands.  See what we did there?)

Right now, as Vice President of FACE AIDS at Northeastern, much of Nathan’s time has been focused on planning Step Out Against AIDS!, an event that will showcase stepping and slam poetry to fundraise for Partners in Health.  However, Nathan is also an Honors Mentor, a CEP Mentor, a referee for Intramural sports, and a Leadership Consultant for LEAD360.  When asked how he juggles it all, Nathan shared his secret:  “I’m very reliant on my agenda and calendar, but I also make sure I plan ahead several weeks in advance.”  Time management is definitely a skill you want to perfect while in college, and being involved is one of the best ways to do so!


Here are some tips for time management:

1. Work when you’re most efficient.  If you’re an early riser, that may be the best time for you to do your readings because you’re more likely to retain the information, and you’ll minimize the amount of re-reading you’ll need to do later.

2. Schedule reminders in your phone.  Are you someone who often forgets about appointments? There’s an app for that!

3. Keep busy.  While this may seem counter-intuitive, studies show that students who are involved and active on campus typically perform better academically.  Why?  Less time for distractions!

So what would Nathan do with an extra hour each day?  “I’d probably take a walk.   I’d be better at all my different roles if I had quiet introspective time each day because that is the first thing that gets cut when I’m short for time.” I think, we could all probably benefit from finding more balance in our lives.

Although Nathan’s rock star level of involvement is admirable, you have to find what works for you.  However you choose to spend your time, make sure you’re living life like you’re doing it on purpose!

Keep the spark alive,

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