Monday, October 11, 2010
Student of the Month: Steph Su
Student of the Month is a brand new monthly feature here at The Broke and the Bookish in which fellow college students will be in the spotlight with an interview or a guest post about being bookish college students.
For our first Student of the Month post, I have the pleasure of introducing you all to Steph Su from Steph Su Reads. I've gotten the chance to meet Steph and she is incredible! If you have ever visited her blog, you will see how incredibly well maintained it is. She is seriously superwoman as she is a full time student in college and she runs an awesome blog and somehow manages to read like crazy! It seems fitting that I just had to, for our first post, get the lowdown on HOW she balances being a very successful book blogger and a college student.
Jamie asked me to write this guest post about book blogging as a college student back in early September. I think the fact that it took me over a month to get this back to her says quite a bit about the state of attending to blogging business as a college student!
For me, the best way to think about blogging is as a break, as a complement to my schoolwork. Is reading 10-12 more books a month than I would have if I didn't blog time-consuming and at times even stressful? Yeah! Do I have to take the time out to write reviews instead of working on essays or thesis research? Yeah! Blogging, like so many other elaborate and involved passions, takes time and energy, two things that college students unfortunately usually don't have enough of.
But then I consider how much richer my college life has been since I started blogging. And not just as a conversational device. It feels wonderful to know that I have friends outside of the lush green lawns of my campus; that so many of them are international, living in places I've wanted to visit all my life, is just a bonus. While many of my classmates' reading habits seem to be restricted to the books and essays assigned them in classes, I am so fortunate to be able to say that I've read far beyond just what's assigned to me, and that required reading in college has not sapped the love of reading out of me.
And most of all, blogging is like the best "study break" of all. I'm pretty A.D.D. when it comes to doing work, never being able to do more than an hour or two of work on a particular thing at one time. By switching back and forth between schoolwork and work I do for my blog, I end up accomplishing twice the amount of work I would've done otherwise, AND feeling happier as a result!
Don't get me wrong: good blogging requires a lot of hard work, and not everyone will feel like it's in their best interests to blog and be a full-time student. But blogging has only enriched my life; it has made me happier, more relaxed, instead of more stressed out. And I don't think I could say that about many other elaborate and involved hobbies.
Thanks Steph! I don't know how you do it having been a college student not too recently myself! You are definitely a role model to student bloggers!
So, fellow students, how do YOU balance it all?