Since 2nd grade, I have meticulously constructed words, labored over my ideas, and happily written down the random thoughts that came to mind in my weathered notebooks. Not only is it therapeutic for me, but it's also a great way to look back and see how much I've learned, grown, and evolved over the years. Eventually I realized I could continue this love of journaling when I traveled, and now I do it religiously for every trip.
The most important thing about journaling is that you use it to reflect on events and look honestly at yourself. Journaling makes a difference when you use it as a tool to solve problems and identify strengths. It's much less effective when it is nothing more than a list of frustration or roadblocks.
As we get ready to get back into the school grind after the holidays, don't forget to take a deep breath. Sure, you may be taking way more courses than you think you can handle, or you may be worried about that one core requirement that you've been putting off since your first year, but don't worry, you've got this!