How to Create a Balance between Study life and Social life?
So university has begun, fresher’s week has ended and you find yourself dazed. Walking around campus with coffee in one hand and a map in the other. Then suddenly the memories of your crazy social life, over a holiday period, filled with partying packed summer have become a thing of the past. As harsh reality looms over, the realisation hits you. You’ve actually got to do some work!!
The question is, however, how is it going to work out? How, exactly, does a university student learn to dismiss their old party ways and find a happy medium between socialising and studying?
It’s important to prioritise; remember why you are at university and what the end goal is. With the new found freedom of living without parental supervision, it’s hard to find a balance between the academic and social spheres of university life. However, it is possible if you firstly, have self-discipline and secondly realise that it is not necessarily the end of the world if you miss the occasional night out with your friends.
Talking from experience, when I started university, I worked hard during the week so that I could enjoy my weekends, without the burden of deadlines looming over me or the guilt of an unfinished assignments. As soon as Friday night came, I put down the pen and paper and picked it up again on a Monday morning. Now, understandably, this will not work for everyone; numerous priorities such as part time weekend jobs or sports team matches will alter the days in which you do have for social time and your time. So, find the days that work for you!
Hear me out. Once you’ve got into the swing of things at university, (and this may take a week or two), subconsciously you’ll start to step into a routine - so write it down! Make a schedule of when lectures are, when extra-curricular activities are, when study time is and then leave yourself a day or two for things like socialising/ running errands. Doing the odd-jobs that go unnoticed, or simply set those days aside for some YOU time!
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This is a good, refreshing and practical outlook. Joining a society, club, sport is great advice as it can take your mind off any heavy studying and introduce you to new friends and some clubs could do student discounts. Positive blog!