Every Student’s Favourite Word
Every university student wants it all. They want to ace every class, keep their scholarships, get a cool part time job/internship/work placement, work out, socialise, and make tons of friends. Most will tell you that it’s impossible to have it all. However, there’s a single word that, if applied to every area of your life, can in fact let you “have it all”.
Unimpressed? Well you shouldn’t be. Because that word is the greatest mantra ever and the only one you really need. Balance can be applied to whatever problem you face or decision you have to make. Here’s why.
What’s the problem? Grades slipping? Feel like you’re not socialising enough? Trouble with being a working student? The answer is balance.
Overwhelmed with school?
If you need to focus on coursework, don’t go out every night this week. Treat yourself to a night in. Make a Spotify playlist especially for study time, get comfortable, make yourself a cuppa, and get to it. For every 100 words you write, reward yourself with a well-deserved ten minute break. Watch a YouTube video, read a few pages of a good book, or give yourself a mobile phone break. Warning: careful with time spent on your mobile. Ten minutes can easily turn into 60 if you’re not careful. You don’t have to stay in every night or spend all day in the library to be a good student. You just have to know when it’s time to focus and when it’s time to party.
Not happy being a homebody?
Take a leap of faith and plan a fun night out. Try a pub, bar, or club you’ve never been to. Don’t be discouraged if there are bumps along the way. Some of the best nights happen because original plans go awry. And there is so much more than just night life. Spend all day in a park, art gallery, museum, or just explore your city. Being based in London, there is always some festival or cheap concert to attend. Some of the best days I’ve had here consisted of getting lost in the city. Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone.
Work stressing you out?
With the price of university, it’s nearly always essential for students to be employed, at least part time. Work can sometimes absorb all your time and make you forget about important student responsibilities. While it’s important to honor commitments and work for some much needed cash, studies should come first. Maybe talk to the manager or boss about fewer shifts. This also applies to university societies and clubs. Taking on too many commitments can be stressful and cause you to perform poorly. Instead of being mediocre in many things, be amazing at the things that matter most to you.
Fun vs. Work
That’s what it really boils down to, doesn’t it? It’s easy for students to either stick their nose in a book or spend every night partying. Too much of anything is a bad thing. There is a middle ground, and balance, for everything. Learning how to balance responsibilities with fun is fundamental to the happiness and wellbeing of a student.
Rachel Santa Cruz, 19. Communications: Marketing and PR student.