College is an exciting time in life, but it can soon become overwhelming with classwork, organization events, work, and so much more–all the while trying to balance a social life. Here at Campus Homes we understand the struggle, many of our employees are students themselves. We know life in college can come at you like a whirlwind so we have gathered the best tips from our team members to help you stay on top of things.
In order to stay on schedule, you must first make a schedule. There are many ways in which you can do this, some of the most popular being a planner or Google Calendars. Both of these make it easy to take your schedule with you on the go.
No matter what you choose, it is important to follow the same general techniques. First decide what you want to put in your schedule, for example: test dates, quiz dates, birthdays, meetings, work, etc. Once you determine which events you want your schedule to hold, you then need to assign each category a color. This will make it easier when glancing over your calendar to see what your week or month holds. Laying out all of your work into a calendar not only helps you see what you have going on, it also helps you mentally prepare yourself for the amount of time you need to devote to school or work each week.
There are so many things that you can take on while in college from socials to volunteering to joining organizations, but it is important that you are there first as a student. Your classwork and studying should always be your main priority.
It can be easy to take so many extra things on that you put your schoolwork off until the last minute. But, it is much better to be too far ahead on things than to be struggling trying to catch up. Use going out with friends or relaxing by the pool as a reward for yourself once you finish your homework instead of as a replacement. Remember, class first, other things second, always.
People are always going to be asking you to do something. It is okay to say no! You are a busy student. You do not have to go to every gathering or dinner. There are so many things going on and you are going to want to do them all, but you must remember that there are only so many hours in the day.
If there’s no room to write an event down in your planner, don’t force it in. Odds are, you probably don’t need to be doing anything else that day anyways. Saying no will be scary at first. What if you miss out? What if they’re upset? But saying no is something that everyone has to do. It is okay. There will be another outing.
Relax & Have Fun
College life is overwhelming so it is important to set aside time for yourself to relax. Having a moment of rest and quiet each day will make life so much easier. Read, pray, eat, take a deep breath and do whatever it is that calms you.
Enjoy yourself! College is an exciting time. Although it can be overwhelming, it also can be fun. Take each day step by step, but make sure you do allow yourself time to let go! Even if that time is just grabbing ice cream with a friend or going to get coffee. These are the moments that make college doable!
Now that school is here, get yourself a calendar and plan out the semester! We wish you the very best and hope that it’s full of many great memories!