I’ve been thinking a lot lately about balancing all aspects of life in graduate school: academics, relationships, health (mental and physical), etc. While I can’t offer an ultimate solution for achieving a perfect balance between all of these (equally critical) elements, I do think it’s important to try to do so. I admit that I’ve never been the best at finding a happy medium–and that instead, I tend to swing from one extreme to the other. However, the older I get (and hopefully, the wiser), the more evident it becomes to me that if you let one aspect of your life overrun all the others–in the end, you’ll “feel it.” At this point in my life, I try to build elements of everything that I find important into my day. I don’t always succeed, but I’m determined to continue to try. Balance is important.