Daily Texan: What are your commitments outside of classes at UT?
Cameron Weber: My commitment outside of classes at UT is primarily a heavy involvement in Longhorn Band. I have other commitments as well, such as Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha and Longhorn Pep Band.
DT: How do you balance everything?
CW: As far as balancing everything goes, my best asset is a planner. I write down everything that I have to get done and try to budget my time effectively based off of my available time. Sometimes, I do have to prioritize and may have to make some sacrifices, but for the most part I’m able to effectively manage my time.
DT: Are there things you have to prioritize, such as especially difficult classes or a job you depend on?
CW: I have to prioritize more often than I want to. I have a couple of classes that take much more time than others, and sometimes it is very tough to balance those difficult classes around my other commitments. My sleep schedule is generally off as I usually fall asleep around 1-2 a.m. every single night, and sometimes I only get around four hours of sleep a night.
DT: What steps do you take to take care of yourself while having little free time?
CW: As far as taking care of myself, I usually like to spend my time watching sports, playing video games, or any other activity where I can relax and unwind. I’m usually around a ton of people for most of my commitments, so I like to relax and unwind by myself.
DT: How do you cope during finals week? What does finals week usually look like for you?
CW: Finals week is always rough for me. I usually just push all the way to the end, take my three days of stress in stride and wait until all my exams are over to have a day of de-stressing. While this probably isn’t the best way of going through finals week, I usually don’t like to relax until all of my commitments are over.
DT: If you could give one piece of advice to students on how to thrive during finals week, what would it be?
CW: My one piece of advice for finals is to understand that grades aren’t everything. While you should strive to do well, don’t let worry about your grades force you to sacrifice your mental health!
Weber is an aerospace engineering senior from San Antonio.