Finding the Balance: Study vs Play

on September 27, 2013

First time away from home? No parents anxiously awaiting your return after a night out or checking that you have finished your homework? Welcome to college.

The sense of freedom can be incredible – as is the terrifying thought that you may have bitten off more than you can chew.

Not in the mood for that early lecture. So, stay in bed.

Feel like having a bender on a Friday night? It’s okay.

Yes, in many ways this is college life – and a part of growing up – but it can be hard to strike a balance if you are away from home for the first time ever. Getting into destructive habits can take a toll on your education, affecting your health and mental well-being.

The exact reverse would be the students who take their work too seriously, missing out on the social opportunities inherent in campus life. Leaving college with a degree and none of the connections and memories so valuable to a well-rounded person is almost as though you haven’t fully explored your education.

Here are a few things to do to make sure you enjoy the most positive experience possible throughout college:

• Stay healthy – Eat properly, get enough sleep and remain fit. All of these will ensure you can perform physically and mentally – even when if you party hard over the weekends. Making sure your body is able to recover from the campus life challenges you throw at it will ensure you can keep up with all other aspects of college.

• Do what you need to do – Remember that the primary reason you are at college is to get a degree. Your entire future is based upon your education and, financially, you are probably already in debt up to your ears. Make sure you stay on top of your classes and assignments. Put in the hours and attend your lectures. If you know you are working and putting forth adequate effort, you won’t feel guilty taking the time out to play.

• Minimize risky behavior – Being placed in a position where you need to make adult decisions doesn’t necessarily mean you will make the right choices. It’s alright to make mistakes – that’s what college is all about, but try to ensure that any of these activities won’t affect you negatively in the long run. Stay safe and remember that you will need to live with your actions.

• Socialize – Make new friends, join clubs, play team sports. Your college experience is about so much more than a degree. A good education is also about the life lessons that you gain during your college years; lessons which will be with you for life. Choose close friends carefully, yet be friendly and open with others, so you can have a wide range of acquaintances.

Finding the balance between work and play is vital for a successful time at college and for building those special memories that will stay with you for the rest of your life.


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