#StudiousSeptember: All Work and No Play?

21 Sep

One of the biggest challenges for a college student is the never-ending battle between school and fun. Now, I’m not saying that school isn’t fun because it definitely can be, but I’m talking about the real fun: friends (perhaps “more-than-friends” friends), parties, late nights, and, most importantly, nap time. Finding the perfect balance between making sure that your assignments are in on time and making time to waste time is a delicate yet oh-so-important part of the college experience. Two years in, even I’m still trying to perfect it! However, I can say it’s definitely gotten easier. Here are some of the ways I have been able to balance out study time versus party time.

  1. Get a planner!

Everyone says it. It’s for a reason. Planners really do work! Maybe planners aren’t necessarily your thing, but any type of organizational system to help keep track of assignments will make your life ten times easier. Whether it be on your phone or on the gum wrapper in the pocket of your backpack, having a place to write down what’s due and when it’s due will have you on your A-game for meeting due dates and deadlines. The better you are at keeping track of your work, the easier it will be to get it done and the more time you will have to plan a night out with friends.

  1. Study with friends.

One of my favorite ways to squeeze in some time with my friends when I have too much work to do is to have a homework or a study session with them. Ultimately, everyone has the same goal: to graduate college. There’s no denying that with as much freedom to go out and kick it whenever we want, there comes a time when we have to say “no” to hanging out and “yes” to a good old-fashioned night with the textbooks. It’s true that hours on end of homework can feel like a one-way ticket to a mental breakdown, but having two or three friends to spend the evening with can make it bearable. Plugging some headphones and tuning into some schoolwork in the company of good people is the most fun you can have with your Gen. Chem. lecture notes.

  1. Find your routine.

Yes, I know. It’s not as easy as it sounds…But is it really? Probably the hands-down, all-time best way to balance school and fun is to get settled into a comfortable routine. Once you figure out just how much time to spend on each of your courses and when to spend it, you’re practically golden. It takes some time to get adjusted to a good homework schedule, especially when all you want to do it take a nap, but by the second or third week in it becomes second nature! Once you hit mid-semester, it’s pretty satisfying to know that you couldn’t possibly go out to meet with friends without completing your work routine for the day. Guilt-free fun is the best kind of fun.

Finding the right balance between school and free time isn’t always easy for everyone. Despite that, for a college student to be successful and still enjoy the entirety of the university experience, it is a skill that must be mastered. College is supposed to be the best time of our lives. Whether you prefer to stay in for a quiet night with a small group of friends or go all-out Animal House style, you can expect to see those grades plummet if your business isn’t handled beforehand. Whatever your preference, everybody deserves to have fun. Maybe these tips aren’t exactly your style but perhaps they’ll get you thinking about what your style might look like. Remember, college is all business until that business gets taken care of!


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