Reading, Writing, and College: A Juggling Act

Balancing is hard.

There are so many things that I want to do. I want to be able to sit down with a good book and a cup of tea and just be able to read for hours and hours, like I used to be able to. I want to finish rewriting my current project. I want to spend hours perusing all of the incredible Indie bookstores that I'm surrounded by due to living in New York City. I want to go to the theater every weekend, I want to have the time to write thoughtful reviews, I want to work harder toward my dream of becoming published.

But college.

Don't get me wrong, I love college. I love the city vibes and the classes and all of the opportunities that college has offered me. I love my job at the film production center, where I get paid to learn about cool cameras and make sure that the film students didn't break them. I love my major and learning about what I want to learn about. Having the ability to take classes that I think are valuable. It's the best. 

It's just the coursework. 

As a media / communications major, there is so much reading and writing. Some of it is really good, but a lot of it is dense and theoretical. I also have to take mandatory freshmen writing classes. With all of the deadlines and presentations and word counts and readings that have to be done for college, it's really hard to find the time or the will to read / write for pleasure at the end of the day. More often than not, at the end of the day I'm binge watching Netflix and eating junk food. 

For now, I just take it one day at a time, and one goal at a time. Writing has been at the forefront for me, which means I've been slacking off with my free reading. But I figure that it'll balance all out in the end. And hey, if it doesn't, summer is only five short weeks away. 

How do you balance the demands of life while maintaining free time for yourself to read / write / whatever your heart desires?