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College Life and Life Balance

For outgoing students who opt to be involved with extracurricular activities, club engagement, social awareness and academic studies, how would the student balance it all? What type of support system or coaching platforms are provided in college settings that help the student adapt to a balanced, yet productive life balance?Is it the sole responsibility of the student alone to develop the right type of time management techniques or do academic institutions own a part of the responsibility to ensure each student's success? #work-life-balance #student-engagement

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Michael’s Answer

Hi Lauryn,

This is a good question and it is great you are already so ambitious to be busy during your time in college! You will have access to an academic adviser when you first enter college who can help guide you through this. At the foundation of these college clubs and extracurricular activities, they will be flexible around your class schedule.

Having said this, time management will be a skillset you should personally hone yourself as well. It is never too early to start planning for what your first semesters will look like. A way to create more time for yourself, and what I did in college to make extracurricular events in the evening, was book my classes back to back from 9-3 (depending on the day). If you "block" these classes then it gives you more time outside of actual class time.

So, set your class schedule and then join clubs that will work well around it. During your collegiate orientation, they will be able to assist you here as this is a chief concern of many incoming freshmen. You will also have a chance to meet other students involved with these groups in your orientation who will be able to give you hands-on advice on what they do day to do.

I hope this helps.


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Rachel’s Answer

You will need to focus on stress and time management. In order to manage stress you have to manage your time wisely. <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>