College is rough. It’s another world as compared to high school. You’re away from home, studies are twice as difficult, the people are new and you have to make ends meet with an additional job. It is pertinent to mention that, the four years you spend at college are tiring, sure, but are a thrilling experience.
It is especially difficult for students who try to juggle work with coursework, assignments and are willing to partake in recreational activities. With procrastinating on social media, you promise yourself an early start at 4 am the next morning but well, we all know how that goes, don’t we?
There are plans to sit in the library or spending endless hours of group studies which don’t go through well either. It is imperative to understand that, to survive these crucial four years with flying grades and thriving social life you need to lay out a proper plan and schedule. This schedule provides you with a rough idea of your day and hence, you can plan other recreational activities or just random parties, accordingly.
Life at college is overwhelming. You have too much on your plate. Well, it’s time to make some major changes in your routines and habits. To help you out with your college blues and striking the right balance between college and your personal life, here are some great tips.
Prioritize everything (yes, EVERYTHING)
With college, routines are out of the window. Prioritizing is the name of the game. With so much going on around you, it’s pretty easy to be sucked in and succumb to the pressure; this is where a schedule comes in.
Studies cannot be compromised on and so, you must assign 2-3 uninterrupted hours for pre-readings, coursework, assignments or just for random revision each day. With that, out of the way, you are left with ample time to spend with the beautiful girl you met at the café or at a movie night with your friends or something as simple as reading a book you’ve been eyeing for way too long.
Time management is fairly important. It is very easy to go down the TikTok or Instagram hole and wasting good, productive hours that could’ve been utilized to socialize or even exercise. With that said, another mistake students make is to say yes to party invitations which lead to academics being hurt. Yes, having a good time is important but at the cost of learning? Your grades? Absolutely not! Make informed choices.
Work on those habits!
Well, its time you make some major changes. College is a completely different ball game. You cannot get away with cramping everything to the very last night. It requires devotion and determination.
In college, hard workers don’t get to places, smart workers do. It is pertinent to make an effort in each class to understand what’s going on. You will have your fair share of complete cluelessness but here’s where your classmates or even online resources come in. Make use of those resources effectively.
Furthermore, social media is a distracting world altogether. Make sure, you turn airplane mode on or just disconnect your Wi-Fi to give your hundred percent during studies. Uninterrupted hours towards studies are imperative and believe it or not, you will be thanking yourself in the end. Alongside saving ample time, daily revision/ pre-readings will keep you up with the rest of the class and accelerate you towards great grades without too much stress during finals week.
We get it, coursework and assignments can be intimidating. To help you out, there are numerous online resources and websites such as paperhelp. In case you are falling behind with your papers, you can always ask someone to help you out.
Get that snooze in!
It goes without saying that sleep is essential for a person to function. One thing college students really compromise on is sleep. It is important to understand that good 7 to 9 hours each night are pertinent for a fresh, clear mind and a healthy body. As difficult as those hours are to spare, make sure you don’t get too carried away with partying and miss that snooze. Sure, socializing makes college worthwhile but it shouldn’t come at the cost of your health.
Move your body
As Queen Bee rightly said, move your body. Incorporate some kind of movement each day. Even with a preoccupied schedule, you must work towards being fit and healthy. Exercising shouldn’t just be in fancy gyms, you can spend an hour or so jogging, brisk walking or just dancing around in your room on your favorite tunes.
Exercising will not just provide you with oh-so-lovely endorphins but will clear your mind and make you more present. Not just that, it could also help you spend more time with your friends. You can totally go for long walks with your friends or sign up for group classes on your days off. It’ll help you unwind and relax. Moreover, with exercising, make sure you also are mindful of what you’re feeding yourself. Yes, healthy food is expensive but making choices like less eating out is the first step towards having a healthier lifestyle.
Four years of college provide you with a glimpse of the real world. It’s scary and intimidating but these years shape you as a professional and most importantly, as an individual. Make sure you spend these years working not just on getting those grades but also, on yourself and your habits. Meet new people and just enjoy the time while it lasts. Trust me when I say, it’s nothing like these four years that you’ll ever experience again. So live it up!