How do college students balance work with fun?
I am currently a senior in high school and I struggle to have much of a social life due to my school work load. Is the work load going equal or more time consuming?
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Luke, great question. I just graduated college last may and was totally able to manage a social life and my academic life through a few key strategies. First and foremost is don't delay. If you have an assignment due in two weeks, don't put it off until the last minute possible. Getting things done ahead of time is honestly the best as you'll have lots of free time to spend with friends and socialize. I'd always start a paper or studying for a test between 1-2 weeks ahead of time and I always had at least a week of free time to spare. Getting things done early will improve your grades, will keep you sane, and will ensure that you have a good social life.
Secondly, don't stress out. There were times as an undergrad that I would approach an assignment and felt as if the world was closing in on me. I, at first, pressured myself way too much and would stress out over the smallest assignments or tasks. It's important to breathe and get some perspective on the task at hand. Overpreparing is good for a final exam, but you shouldn't be losing sleep over those daily 5 point reading checks.
Thirdly, go outside and leave the library. College is a time to meet people and explore. Don't feel pressured by college and stay inside. I have a friend who was in the library 24/7 the first year and now regrets it because freshman year is honestly when people are the most social and friendly. Always get your work done, study, and prepare for all assignments and tasks, but don't neglect the other 50% of college which is your social life.
Austin recommends the following next steps:
- Breathe in and out, don't stress the small stuff
- Prepare, plan, and don't procrastinate
<span style="background-color: transparent;">You have to set a routine for yourself and stick to it for the most part. Once you get into the groove of a routine it will be much easier for you to manage your time and have enough time for everything you need to do (including relaxing). Make yourself to-do lists on a weekly basis, use Google calendar or a planner to keep track of events, deadlines, and due dates. In addition to setting a routine and sticking to it, plan out relaxing activities into your day. Or set aside a time, after everything is done for the day, that you can have "me" time. I have also personally found it essential to not only find time for myself but also make use of that time in a way that is best for me and my holistic wellness. I have found the HeadSpace app to be an essential tool in helping me relax and generally feel more relaxed throughout the day, Guided meditation, even if you have a busy schedule, will make you feel more at ease and relaxed throughout the day as a whole (not just when you have the time to relax and focus on that "me" time).</span>
<span style="background-color: transparent;">Set a routine.Use Google Calendar.Set aside Me TimeWrite weekly to-do lists and use a planner.Find a peaceful and restful activity that will help you feel relaxed.</span>