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How To Find Balance When You’re a Student

If I knew then what I know now, I would have lived those years differently.†Hereís what Iíve learned:

Tips For Finding Balance As a Student

  • Choose your mentors carefully
  • Release perfectionism – it will only bite you in the ass
  • Donít forget to nurture your creativity, spirituality, physical and mental health, relationships, sexuality, and all the other aspects of how you Own Pink
  • Choose love over grades
  • Stand up for yourself
  • Be authentic
  • Get out of your own way
  • Make time for YOU
  • Prioritize happiness over success

What about you? What have you learned about finding balance as a student? If youíre a student, whatís working? Whatís not? Help us figure this out!

Choosing love over Aís – finally,


Lissa Rankin, MD: Founder of†,†Pink Medicine Revolutionary,†motivational speaker, and author of†Whatís Up Down There? Questions Youíd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend and Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide To Creating Fine Art With Wax.

Learn more about†Lissa Rankin here.


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Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the†Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of†Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.† She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.† Lissa blogs at† and also created two online communities -† and† She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.


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8:28PM PDT on May 13, 2012

Too much school gets in the way of life.

10:32PM PDT on May 10, 2012

thanks :)

8:25AM PDT on May 9, 2012

This article should be aimed at medical students specifically. I think students in other colleges have it easier.

8:22AM PDT on May 9, 2012

Being a medical student myself, I COMPLETELY feel this article.. Luckily, I've figured out that perfectionism is overrated in medical school. Everyone will turn out to be a doctor in the end. Everyone will have to pass the board exam. That's all that matters. Besides, the regular B in medical school is equivalent to an A grade in a non-medical course. This is due to the difficulty of the courses and system. I am not belittling other majors, but medicine consists of HEAPS of information as well as a busy schedule.

7:46AM PDT on Sep 15, 2011

you mean you're allowed to have balance as a student?

7:51PM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

Thank you.

2:48PM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

oh, and one more thing: if you are a student, allow yourself to focus on YOU. It is a time for you to relish and allow yourself some of that luxury because after school is over, its not about you any longer. Enjoy everything, in every step of your life.

2:47PM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

absolutely, don't put priority on things that, in the end, don't really matter. Family, love, relationship, fun, health--so much more important. Forgive yourself when you fall apart and can't even wash the dishes---they will get washed. Figure out who can help you when you need it and accept help. Life goes on, and you will stand where you bring yourself to stand.

9:12AM PDT on Sep 14, 2011


8:43AM PDT on Sep 14, 2011


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