All too often we see students party their way out of school and drop out after placing more emphasis on their social life than on their studies. Between early morning classes, study time between lectures, and working to support yourself financially, there’s often not a lot of time to head out and socialize while keeping on top of your school work.
While studying full time definitely requires some sacrifices, particularly when it comes to your social life, with time management skills and the right dedication, it’s not too difficult to achieve a healthy balance. Of course it’s important to prioritize your studies, but it’s definitely possible to maintain a healthy social life and succeed at school at the same time.
If you find yourself in the situation where prioritizing one means the other will suffer, chances are you haven’t thought about the following:
Enroll in a course which is right for you
Don’t start a degree just for the sake of it. You should choose to study because you want to learn, and you should enroll in courses which are right for you and which fit with your personal interests and career goals. For instance, if you’re passionate about both law and travel, enroll in an international law course. If you’re interested in health, consider a nursing informatics degree.
Whichever course you choose to enroll in, make sure you’re passionate about it, otherwise it will be difficult to stay motivated, and you’ll find it a chore to complete assignments, which takes time away from what could otherwise be allocated to your social life.
Work from a calendar
Creating a physical calendar allows you to visualize your obligations, and it is a huge part of staying organized. Forgetting about last minute assignments is the best way to put a damper on an evening when you have to stay home and cancel the girls’ night out you had been looking forward to.
Keeping a calendar that is constantly in your face prevents panic over last minute assignments since you’re looking at it on a regular basis and can map out a week’s or a month’s worth of obligations.
A white board is a fantastic option for a college calendar, and it can go a long way to making sure you maintain that perfect balance of school, work, and life.
Procrastination is something every student struggles with. However, this is the single biggest obstacle preventing you from enjoying a healthy social life.
Decide to prioritize your assignments and reward yourself with a night out, remembering that the earlier you start an assignment, the earlier you finish. Log off social media and turn off your phone; tune out every possible distraction which could be cause for procrastination.
While there are many things that can be done to make sure your social life doesn’t suffer while you work on your full-time degree, these tips are an essential first step. You may have to make some sacrifices, but juggling a social life and a full course load is possible, and it can be very rewarding.