How to maintain passion for hobbies outside of academics

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When we’re first inducted as students of UC Berkeley, we’re faced with many decisions. A lot of these choices involve our interests and how we manifest our passion for them. On many occasions, we hope that our field of study will do our interests justice, but sometimes the stress of our assignments and GPA can be off-putting. Because of this, here are different ways in which you can rekindle your love for a passion that’s been tucked away all these semesters.

Set a short-term and long-term goal

Setting small goals is a great way to get back in the habit of spending time with your interests. The goal could be as simple as devoting ten minutes a week to an activity. The bonus of doing this as well is that the progression of advancement is manageable with a heavy workload.

Find others with the same interest as you

This may seem obvious however, the most common route students will take to achieve this is to join a club. The point of pursuing an interest effectively isn’t make it a stressful or restraining activity. Joining a club may be a good introduction to people that share a particular interest, but sometimes the interactions can be too exclusive. Look for people within your classes to start off!

Follow professionals and groups on social media

In those times when you feel unmotivated to set time aside for your interest, find other people to refer to for inspiration. Everyone who is great at something was once a novice at it.

Use your interests to make studying easier

Sometimes, you can incorporate your interests into your homework or study sessions to make content more relatable! A way you can accomplish this is by twisting examples in class to be focused on things you enjoy. This can not only help with concentrating for longer periods of time, but it can also allow you to make studying less of a chore.

Give yourself some space

In order for you to develop a sense of what you enjoy, it’s vital to take time off of thinking about the future to reflect on your present self. Asking yourself questions related to what motivates you or what makes you excited to learn can allow for a better sense of what interests you.

Don’t focus on being the best at all your interests

It’s important to note that, in order to get the most out of our interests, we shouldn’t necessarily seek to be the experts in all of them. We’ll naturally be better at some than others and, if we find one particularly well suited for us, we may consider it as a career in the future.

Your opinion matters the most

In some situations, we may take others’ opinions of our interests as hard and fast truth. These may be positive or negative, but, either way, you know yourself and your limitations the best. Therefore, it’s key to take the input of friends and family with just a little more than a grain of salt.

Once in a while we may feel like we need to sacrifice our love for one thing over the opportunity to pursue another, but, if we plan our days effectively and walk through life in UC Berkeley with meaning, we can enjoy the aspects of anything we wish to.

Contact Malvika Singhal at [email protected].