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Finding Balance and Staying Well

Diana Rodriguez-Agiss ’12, is a San Diego native who balances being a triple major, student leader and commuter student. She is also involved with Associated Students, Honors Program, Mortar Board, the multi-cultural organization MeChA, and business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi. She knows that to be successful in everything she does, it's important to maintain her well-being and health.

What have you learned about balancing all of your activities?

Rodriguez-Agiss: Throughout your time at USD, you can’t do everything; you have to pick and choose which you would benefit from and also which would benefit from you. Knowing your priorities and knowing that school is number one is important. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with school that’s when you know you need to cut back.

Take a break; reserve an hour or two for yourself, just resting. I like to sit, drink water and do absolutely nothing! Commuting can be difficult but it makes me realize what’s important and is a good experience. My commute is half an hour both ways but the prize is invaluable.

What do you do if you ever find yourself struggling?

Rodriguez-Agiss: I stop and take a look at what I’m doing. I then look back at what I have done in the past and realize that what I’m doing now is less than before so then what’s at hand is manageable. Also, I remind myself that everything I do is because I want to and not because I have to.

I didn’t always like to ask for help but I realized that people are always there for you. Whether it be friends, professors or staff; it’s ok to ask for help.

What advice would you give to new students about getting involved and keeping a balanced life?

Rodriguez-Agiss: Remember the reason you come to college is to have fun and to get a good education. By trying to do too many things at once, you don’t get that experience. Prioritize and see what you are really committed to. It’s also about growing up and being accountable for your own actions and, honestly, not forgetting to eat! Sometimes I would forget to eat and I’d be so hungry by the end of the day; it's so important to take care of yourself!

"I didn’t always like to ask for help, but I realized that people are always there for you. Whether it be friends, professors or staff; it’s ok to ask for help."
- Diana Rodriguez-Agiss

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