If I don't work 24 hours a day, someone else will. I'll get lower grades, worse internships, and fewer opportunities. This is just how it is. Nobody likes it, but we don't have a choice.

What if you DID have a choice?

Balancing the academic, health, and social aspects of life is difficult. When we add unreasonable expectations and an unrealistic picture of what "success" looks like, it's easy to focus on one area and forget the rest.

Balance Festival is about exploring your current choices, whether they're working for you, and the alternatives available - all in a positive, upbeat way that meets you where you are and recognizes the constraints you face. Learn more about yourself and get connected to resources to help you choose what you need.

Balance Festival is intended to help you think about the choices you're making and whether those choices are working for you. The goals of the event are as follows:

  • ENGAGE you where you are and acknowledge the constraints you face;
  • ENCOURAGE you to think about how you're balancing your life, whether it's sustainable, and what the consequences of your choices are likely to be;
  • EDUCATE you about the benefits of healthy balance between academic, social, and health aspects of your life;
  • EQUIP you with simple tools and resources to help you make balance choices that work for you, instead of choosing to do what everyone else is doing or what you think others want you to do.

If your current choices are working for you, that's great! Come for some fun or to support a friend! If you're curious about making small changes in your choices and what that might look like, here's what we hope you'll take away from Balance Festival:

  • You learn one new thing from the program;
  • You identify one additional resource to add to your support structure;
  • You gain a better understanding of the interdependence of social interaction, health, and academic performance;
  • You recognize that you do have a choice in how you spend your time.

Balance Festival | March 4 & 5, 2023

Throughout the weekend, we'll have a series of workshops, facilitated discussions, and scheduled activities. You can view the full schedule of the 2022 events here.

We'll also have informal and ongoing activities. Be sure to stop by Toni Morrison Multipurpose Room to say hello to our student groups and University partners who will be tabling, providing information about their services, and offering activities to get you thinking, moving, and breathing!

Learn more about our student groups and University partners here.