The Struggle Is Not Real

On average, a typical college student will probably say the “struggle is real” about 20 times a week. Of course, our lives can get complicated, but if we think about them, the problems that we have can easily be exaggerated based on how we perceive them. The struggle is not, in fact, real. It’s all in your head, and Valley is going to prove why.


You have your classes, your homework, your studying, your extracurricular activities and everything else to do that there just doesn’t seem like there’s enough time in the day to accomplish everything. Take a step back, breathe, and clear your head. Tackle each problem you have by order of importance and time sensitivity.

If it’s too much for your mind to handle all at once, make a to-do list and take care of things one by one. Odds are, you have the time to get everything done, but you might be struggling with time management. This is the time to focus on your priorities. What do you want to get done? What are your short-term goals? What are your long-term goals?


If you set your mind to something, you can handle anything college life has to throw at you. It’s all about mind over matter. If you’re stressing about finishing your schoolwork, then switch your attention to that. Sit down at your desk, block out all distractions and start the work.

The hardest part is always just getting started. After you begin, it seems to all come naturally as per the law of inertia — an object in motion will tend to stay in motion unless acted upon by an outside force.


The same thing goes for your health. Some workouts may seem very difficult to execute, and some exercises will make you feel so exhausted to the point where you don’t think you can last any longer. Think about what you want out of the workout — what you want to gain and how you want to improve from last time. It’s all about your will power.

Anyone who’s ever been on a diet can tell you that they can be extremely difficult to follow at first. Diets start off that way and then get easier as you go on because you’ve developed a mindset of what is and isn’t good for you. You get a sense of what is acceptable to have in order to get where you want to be. Instead of being impulsive, if you just take a minute to think about it, you can convince yourself to stick to your diet.

Other People

Even your most trivial of problems that go as deep as caring about what other people think can be fixed with a little bit of logic. Does it truly matter what other people think? Is it reasonable to change who you are for someone else? Forget about the other people and focus on yourself.

Wear what you’re comfortable in, eat what you want and say what’s on your mind. Think about being the person that you want to be, the person that is your very best and what it takes to be them. It’s all about mind over matter.
Problems are not as big as they seem if you look at the big picture, which can be proven time and time again as you look back in the past at problems you’ve dealt with that seem like nothing now. The key is to believing in yourself and your ability to accomplish your goals.