8 Tips for Balancing Work, School and a Social Life Your Freshman Year
As a college student, freshman year can be the most difficult. Freshman students have to adapt to a college lifestyle where they are forced to juggle rigorous academics (that they are paying for) with social lives, work and hobbies. Human beings need to live balanced lives, and college freshmen are no exception. Here are some tips that college freshmen can follow in order to properly balance their lives out.
Time Management and Avoiding The Law of Diminishing Returns
The Law of Diminishing Returns is when you dedicate too many hours to work and end up getting less work done. You may start off getting a lot done, but as you deprive yourself from doing other things in your life that you should be doing, your work flow will slow down and you will remember less things.
Many students think that they have to devote every single minute of their time to studying. Some educational tracts are quite rigorous and really do require many hours of study each day. However, it is healthy to devote some time to doing things other than studying. For example, depending on your schedule and workload, you could devote certain days of the week for fun, and others days for the most intensive study sessions.
Another good thing to keep in mind is that sometimes you just have to make compromises and sacrifices. If you are in a situation where you know that a certain space of time will be your only opportunity to study for a very important test that can make or break you, spend that time studying. Do not spend that time doing something else that you would rather do. In such a situation, you would probably be the one at fault for not better planning out your time properly.
Study In A Place Without Distractions
Sometimes, the best thing is to find a quiet place, like a library, to study and do homework. The place that you live, whether it be a dorm or your parents’ house, can be a very distracting place. Family members, roommates, computers, televisions and personal possessions can all serve as distractions. If you can cannot entirely shut all of these things out as you work, go to a library—or a place where you can focus better.
Eating well is an important part of balancing your life. A person’s brain and body need proper nutrition in order to operate at an optimal level. Also, what a person consumes, as well as how much a person consumes, can influence how he/she feels.
Some college students fall into the habit of eating a lot of junk food. As a result, many student gain a lot of weight. This can affect a person’s self image, as well as his/her health. In order to avoid this, stay away from junk food, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and do not just eat out of nerves. Consult various sources and experts to get a sense of what proper portions are.
Exercise is just as important as eating well. It helps to maintain health, physical strength and overall physical appearance. When a person exercises, the body releases endorphins—chemicals that reduce pain and make people feel good. Being physically fit can result in enhanced confidence and a feeling of well-being.
Joining clubs is a good way to socialize with people who have similar interests as you. It is also a good way to make friends and have a socially enriching college experience. Sometimes college clubs take part in fun events that further add to the interesting aspects of college.
Fit Studying Into the Gaps That Your Work Schedule Creates
If you have to commute on public transit to your job, you should do your homework while riding the bus or train. If you have to read a textbook, bring your textbook to read on your commute. If you have a little bit of time before work, or a break, you should consider using that time to study.
Find A Job That Is Flexible
You should find a job that will fit in with your school and study schedules. This can be somewhat difficult because some employers are totally ruthless and do not care.
Be Open To Your Employer
Tell your employer that you are going to school, and that you need hours that will fit into your schedule. You have to be successful in your studies, and your really should not let your job get in the way of your success.