Being a college student is tough, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. We have homework, actual work and have to try and balance our social lives, all while trying to plan and prepare for our future. That’s a lot to handle.
My first year as a college student felt like a piece of cake. I was taking some easy classes, didn’t have much homework, and post college life was a small thought in the back of my head. Fast forward to my current life. I am a third year student who works 15 hours a week, takes 18 credit hours, has an unimaginable amount of homework, and is constantly thinking about what I’m going to do with the rest of my life. Oh how I long for the simpler times of freshman year.
With all of that being said, I have definitely learned some tips and tricks over the last three years when it comes to managing the college lifestyle.
1. Use a Planner or Some Kind of Calendar
I cannot stress this enough. If I didn’t write down every due date, shift and scheduled event in my life, I truly don’t think I would accomplish anything. Using google calendars and other electronic calendars can be so helpful. They send you reminders so you never miss an important assignment and allow you to put in locations so you know exactly where you are going.
2. Take Advantage of the Weekends
Weekends are a time to have fun and destress from a week of classes, but they can also be a valuable time to catch up on some homework. I try to set aside a few hours each weekend to work on homework so that I’m less stressed when the next week starts. Saturday mornings and Sunday evenings seem to be the times when I accomplish the most.
I live in a house in Oxford with 4 girls so I know the struggle when it comes to getting a reasonable amount of sleep. It’s tempting to stay up until 2 a.m. every night, and for a long time I did, but I was falling asleep in classes, oversleeping important events, and had no energy throughout the day. As soon as I changed my sleeping schedule all of these problems went away. Sleep is important, don’t deny yourself of it!
4. Take Advantage of Your Advisor
I could write a whole blog post (and I probably will at some point) about how helpful my advisor has been over the past few years. I meet with him every semester to schedule my classes for the following semester. There are so many things I wouldn’t know if I didn’t talk to him and I’m convinced I still wouldn’t understand how to read my DAR because let’s be honest, those things are confusing. He helped me navigate finding a minor and has suggested classes that will be beneficial for my career goals. They are real life superheroes. Go talk to them.
College has been stressful, but it’s also been some of the funnest years of my life so don’t work yourself too hard! I hope these tips can help you balance the crazy college lifestyle.