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What is the best way to balance a social life in college with school work?

I know it might be difficult to balance trying to have a social life with school work so I'd like some insight on how some people in college do it. I'd like to do both so I want some helpful tips. college time-management

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Cheryl’s Answer

Great question! College is an exciting time and it's easy to loss the balance. First you need to be aware of your school responsibilities - when are papers and other school assignments due, how much study time needed for each class. It will vary abit and you need to make sure you leave time to get adjusted to the pace of college classes. Remember you likely wouldn't have the oversight you had at home to make sure school work gets done, so plan and schedule time to get it done on time. I used a planner to block out time for the classes that were most difficult for me.

With the free time you have, have some fun joining into the college experience. Jump into some activities that may be new to you, and try them out, like clubs you haven't joined before, or sports. I tried joined an astronomy group and learned some new things, and discovered some new friends I might not have met otherwise!

Cheryl recommends the following next steps:

Set up schedule on your phone and block out classes, study time and time for hanging out with new friends!
Check your schedule after about two weeks and figure out what adjustments need to be made to make sure you have time allocated for both school work and fun.
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Yvonne’s Answer

Hi Nicole - What if you tried creating a "budget" for your time. Money is a limited resource and we need to budget out our income and expenses to make sure we are allotting enough money toward our bills and required expenses, before spending money on extras. Time is essentially the same concept. Each day has 24 hours in it and we have to "spend" those hours in a manner that enables us to meet our obligations before spending time on leisure. Try listing out the hours you have in each day and first filling them with the things you HAVE to do. Think about your daily commitments and subtract the time you spend eating, going to class, sleeping, doing laundry, etc. Then, you'll see how much "extra" time you have in the day. This is the time where you'll have to decide what you can manage and what you can't. If you have 4 hours extra one day, you'll need to decide, based on your priorities, if you should spend (for example) 2 hours working on homework and 2 hours doing leisurely activities such as joining a school club, or watching tv with friends. College is a great time to learn how to prioritize your daily activities and learn how to manage your own time.
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Rachel’s Answer

<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>



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Sara’s Answer

Hi Nicole,

That's a great question! My high school French teacher advised the following, and I strictly adhere to it to this day:
Treat college like it's a job. To me, that meant I had to dedicate at least 8 hours a day to classes/homework. etc. You need to figure out what works with your specific schedule once you register for classes. Of course, I usually spent more time doing work if I had an upcoming test, presentation, or a group project. Dependent on when your extracurricular activities are scheduled, you can work around those and allot hours as you see fit. If you would like to socialize weekend nights, then utilize the day to get work done. You will find your rhythm once the expectations for your classes are set. Good luck!

Sara
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