Q&A with Kalvin Nash ’18 - Is there such a thing as work-life balance?
What roles do you think leisure and community play within balancing academics?
Success for me is contingent upon a functional balance between work and play. Work can be draining. To serially conceptualize then actualize or execute ideas is an energy intensive process. To recuperate from such energy expenditures, it is essential that I devote time for self-care. Self-care may take many forms. For example, self-care for me has looked like: scheduled downtime that bisects study periods, or social meetups with friends. Regardless of what self-care looks like at the individual level, I believe that it is essential to engage in activities that are fulfilling and restorative for you lest you completely empty your tank, i.e., burnout.
How did Anime Club fill that space within your life here at Hamilton?
Anime was a form of escapism for me. Watching the fantastic worlds illustrated through anime allowed my mind some flexibility as I worked to internalize concrete knowledge and facts across different disciplines. The restorative properties of this escapism were augmented by the presence of others. Being around my peers who shared this interest was comforting. Anime club helped me to strike an effective yet productive work life balance because it allowed me to momentarily escape the rigor of my undergraduate studies/jobs and simultaneously develop a community with which to “escape.”
Do you find that same type of functionality within your professional roles now?
As a recently matriculated medical student, I would be brash to say that I have already defined a functional work-life balance for myself. Yet, as much as daily life has changed due to this transition, my dependence on anime has remained intact. Although I no longer watch anime, I still very much enjoy listening to Japanese pop sourced from this genre. Thus, my quasi-functional work-life balance still depends on anime.