Graduation Speech : My Life And Academic Pursuits Essay

831 Words Jan 19th, 2016 4 Pages
Lovingly referred to as Hell Week, the intense stage rehearsals leading up to the opening of The Nutcracker leave me completely exhausted. Add preparing for and taking college finals as a high school student and you have one worn out person. My first year of attempting to muddle through both of these individually stressful undertakings left me in a puddle of frustration and tears multiple times. Two years later, I finally have the system down and manage to strut through Hell Week like it’s a walk in the park. Through these hectic points in my life, I have learned to balance both my academics and extracurricular activities on an extremely busy schedule. While the balancing act between my involvement in ballet and my academic pursuits might differ slightly from pursuing a degree in biochemistry, this ability to manage my time effectively has prepared me for a rigorous course load at the University of Washington as a biochemistry major in preparation for Medical School.
Learning to manage my stress levels in times of sporadic schedule clashes has helped me to attain my current academic success. Finding balance is very important in maintaining a healthy state of mind, and a healthy GPA. During my busiest time of the year, I dance up to 6 hours a day - often late into the night - while keeping up with intense assignments. My current schedule would be similar to the one I would have at the University of Washington studying biochemistry. To keep the strain from taking a toll on my…

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