Margaret Miles, senior international relations major, seems to be involved in just about everything a student can take part in at William Jewell College. She is in concert choir, vice president of recruitment on Panhellenic Council, a Cardinal Host, a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, a resident assistant and part of the Pryor Leadership program. She sat down with the Hilltop Monitor to lay out her typical hectic Monday schedule.
7:00-8:00: Wake up
9:00-10:05: International Economics class
10:15-12:00: Work at Student Life office, Panhellenic Council meeting
12:30-1:20: Nonprofit law and risk management class
1:45-2:50: Sports Science class
3:00-4:00: Concert choir rehearsal
4:00- 6:00: Travel to Primitivo Garcia school to read to kids
6:30- 7:00: Homework
8:00-9:00: Zeta Tau Alpha chapter meeting
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Miles works from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Veterans Community Project as a project development intern. She also nannies on Tuesday afternoons – sometimes staying overnight if needed.
In addition to her daily course load, Miles is on duty as a Mathes resident assistant two days a week from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. When on duty, she does hall events, makes rounds and is available in the dorms for her residents.
While Miles’ schedule sounds overwhelming, she finds involvement to be a crucial and rewarding aspect of college life.
“I think your college experience is what you make it, so being involved allows you to meet more people and grow to be a better person,” said Miles.
Of course, balancing all of her activities can be a challenge. She finds that sleep tends to be the first thing sacrificed to stay on top of all of her commitments, which Miles admitted was not the healthiest habit.
Miles’ best advice was to prioritize. Write down all of your commitments to stay organized and realize which ones are more important than others. For Miles, everything she devotes her limited time to must be something that she genuinely cares about.
Miles is proof that you truly can be involved in a multitude of organizations and still be successful in them all. However, this success is not possible unless each organization is something you are passionate about and willing to prioritize.