The way your friends act and think plays a large factor in the way you view the world. Often, the opinions and moods of your friends weigh largely on your own viewpoints and attitudes. Therefore, you must pick friends that positively impact your life performance.
Your hectic schedule demands that you have a high level of motivation and a full supply of energy. Therefore, it is essential that you surround yourself with go-getters. When you spend time with friends who are also balancing schoolwork, an internship, and a social life, you feel more at ease. You know that those friends have the same goals and desires as you do, so you connect with them on several levels.
If your closest friends spend hours and hours watching TV everyday, then it can be easy to slip into lounge mode and stay there. Taking time to relax is OK, but you must not succumb to the peer pressure to sit around indefinitely. Take action and inject yourself into social groups filled with highly motivated people.
An easy way to make go-getter friends is to reach out to members of the clubs and organizations with which you are involved. These people have taken the initiative to become active on campus and likely display enthusiasm in all other areas of life.
Another perk to spending time with go-getters is that they are usually more knowledgeable about the events and programs in your area than other students. They are in tune with your campus and know about local concerts, comedy performances, and special exhibits. Joining a circle of go-getter friends will enhance your social life just as quickly as it does your professional life.
Finally, spending time with people who are balancing as many activities as you are is reassuring. It reminds you that everything you are juggling – job, internship, campus organization, homework – is worthwhile. You are not losing out on precious time by being so involved. Instead, you are gaining a competitive edge and becoming part of an elite crew. You are gaining the skills necessary to make an impact on the world.
Think about how empowered you feel after spending time with a group of friends or peers who challenges and inspires you. Surround yourself with those people on a daily basis, and make that feeling last. Passion is contagious. Let the enthusiasm of others spread to you and use the energy you gain to power through your day.