As last semester came to a close, most students begin to reminisce on the accomplishments and downfalls of 2017. The classes they should have done better in, the friends they should’ve held onto, the arguments that didn’t need to happen. It can be extremely hard living the college and university lifestyle of parties and social affairs while simultaneously working as hard as you can to obtain scholastic knowledge and take advantage of professional opportunities. As a student, you’re being pulled in every direction. From family and friends who think you’ve forgotten about them, to professors and bosses who want all your time and energy. It’s a very hard line to walk straight on, but there are ways to make it a lot easier on yourself.
Now we’re in the middle of Spring semester and you know what that means: MIDTERMS. Papers, quizzes and projects galore! Here are ways that you can make your workload work for you; all it takes is a little discipline and a lot of determination.
- Buy a planner and USE IT!
One of the biggest problems college students can have in regards to staying on top of both their work and their social life is forgetfulness. Did I have homework tonight? Is that exam on Monday or Wednesday? Which chapters did the professor say it would be on? And when was that party again? The simplest way to be as productive as possible is to buy a planner and actually use it. Just owning one will do you no good if you don’t write everything down. Scheduling everything, even your free time, will maximize your productivity.
- Sometimes, just say no.
Some events aren’t necessary to attend, especially when there are more important things we could be doling rather than “turning up.” If you have an exam on Monday that you know you’re not prepared for but you’re still going to go party that Saturday night, you’re doing something wrong. It’s okay to say no to a party or two, your real friends will understand.
- Studying with the squad may be a no-go
Everything isn’t for everyone, and studying with a group of close-knit friends may not be for you. Everyone has a home team of people they hang out with on a weekly and most time daily basis, but these may not need to be the people you try to study Calculus with. You and your friends have a lot in common, you make each other laugh constantly, and that is precisely why you shouldn’t try to seriously sit down and study together. It might turn out to be more of a distraction than anything else.
- Keep in contact
Stay in contact with your family, friends and associates as much as you can. Something as simple as a quick text just to let them know you were thinking about them goes a long way. This is rule that I am constantly working on. All the success and accolades you’re trying to earn will mean nothing if your loved ones aren’t by your side when you gain them. This even applies to connections in the classroom. If a professor knows you a little more personally and can put a face and personality to your name, they are more likely to help you out at the end of the semester when grades are due.
- Stop being lazy
This one needs no explanation. We all know that for as hard as we are working, we could still work a little harder. Study for that exam a little longer. Take advantage of our time a little better, schedule and plan our life according to ours needs and responsibilities. A little goes a long way, and in this case you need all the effort you can muster to keep the dream alive and efficiently juggle the various components of your life.
It’s seemingly simple to stay on track and get your work done while also having a fabulous social life, but things in theory are always easier than trying to accomplish them in real life. Nevertheless, it can happen! You can be active in your community, on campus, in the classroom and on the scene! Remember why you came to college, and keep pushing. It’ll all be worth very, very soon.