You thought college is going to be fun. And why wouldn’t you?
You escape the boring school life. And start a life where you are somewhat more independent.
No one forces you to attend each class. You become your own boss. If you want to attend a lecture, you will. If you don’t, you won’t.
If you want to hang out more, you will. And no teacher will bother why you did not appear in his class. Maybe because they think that you’re adult enough to decide for yourself.
And, that is true. You are an adult now. You can take your decisions.
But, isn’t it a bit overwhelming?
You have to be even more careful now. If you’re spending all your time in socializing and having fun, the consequences might be guilt and bad grades.
And if you are being a geek, you will exhaust the best time of your life, without making the most of it. And you will never in life get the opportunity to socialize and enjoy like now.
So, what is the right thing? Socializing? Or Academics?
The answer is- a balance between both.
Academics will enhance your knowledge of the subjects you’re interested in. While socializing will help you build essential soft skills.
And, to succeed in life, you need a fusion of both- knowledge and skills.
Let’s hear the interesting experiences that these college students have to share:
And so, here, I have laid down some tips that will help you balance your social life and academics in college.
Here are the 5 simple ways to balance your social and academic life in college.
NEVER MISS THE CLASSES THAT YOU WANT TO ATTEND
You think your grades will decide whether your college life is successful or flop?
I am afraid to disagree, but some things are more important than your grades.
What are these things?
The knowledge you gain and the skills you develop and enhance.
Your understanding of the subject and the soft skills you learn at college will dazzle your potential employers. And will ensure a steady progress of your career.
So, you don’t need to be guilty if you are skipping a college class to socialize. Only pick the subjects that you most love and also the professors that you find to be great at teaching. And never miss their class. With other subjects and professors- give yourself the liberty to skip sometimes.
VOLUNTEER, LEARN, AND STRENGTHEN YOUR RESUME
Your future employers are going to judge you for your capability of putting your skills and knowledge to work. And volunteering might help you strengthen these capabilities. Also, if the interviewers will find these volunteering experiences on your resume, they will be more convinced.
Besides impressing the employers, volunteering will help you meet new people. Gain a newer perspective and experience. It will add to the knowledge you gain at college.
Also, you’ll explore new areas of interest. And you will be able to stir your potential.
And the best part- you’ll learn so much while serving the community. How great is that?
SPEND MORE TIME SELF STUDYING
So, how can you compensate for the time you spend partying or hanging out with your friends?
Simple, spend more time self-studying.
Make sure that once you’re home, you are not spending most of your time with T.V. or mobile. Allocate particular sessions for self-studying- like two to three hours. And ensure that during this particular period, each day, you are concentrating only on your studies.
Keep your phone aside, switch it off, or put it on silent mode.
If you maintain this routine, you don’t need to worry. The guilt of spending more time socializing will never bother you. And you’ll be able to grow both academically and otherwise.
BE A PART OF COOL COLLEGE CLUBS OR SOCIETIES
College clubs and societies play an important role in improving any student’s life.
If you want to make the most of your college life, make sure you join at least one of your college’s hobby clubs or societies.
This will help you thrash your weaknesses. Strengthen your strengths. Explore your interests. Utilize your optimum potential. And interact and mingle with new people.
Also, it will give you a wider social circle. And who knows, you might even end up making life-long friends.
Volunteering is something that will add value to your resume. It will tell the employers that you have some near real working experiences. That you have the zeal to work. And this will also help you demonstrate your working capabilities to these employers.
HEAD TO THE LIBRARY
If you think libraries are meant for nerds, you are wrong.
A library can help you have a happy social life, how?
If you do your homework and assignments at your home. You will be surrounded by distractions. T.V., internet, food, mobile, friends, family, and what not?
But, if you are studying in a library, you will be able to focus better. The work that would be completed in 3 hours, if at home. Will take around two or two and a half hours, if in a library.
So, you see? You’ll be able to study better and use the time that you’ve saved in socializing. Great, isn’t it?
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