Balancing your University Schedule
Attending classes, studying, working part-time, participating in extra-curricular activities, and finding time for friends, family and yourself can be a hard schedule for a university student to handle. Here are some tips to help you stay balanced and stress free.
1. Set goals before you go.
Before you head off to college, sit down and have a heart-to-heart with yourself. What are your hopes and desires for your new university life? What are your academic goals? What are your extra-curricular goals? Are there some clubs or organizations that you would like to look into when you get there? How much time do you feel you can commit to outside activities? Do you have any personal goals? Maybe you want to expand your social circle or start exercising. By setting specific goals, you are more likely to follow through with them.
2. Set goals when you get there.
University life is a whole new ballgame. It can be pretty overwhelming at first - everything is new and exciting and scary. One way to gain some control is to have a plan. Set goals for your academics. Do you want a 4.0 your first semester? Then you will need to decide how much study time you need each day to attain that goal. Do you want to double major? Then you need to meet with your advisor to map out the plans for that. Do you want to become Student Government President your senior year? Then get involved in SGA and learn the ropes along the way.
Once you know what needs to be accomplished, you must prioritize your tasks. Stay focused on the things that need to be done first in order to move on.
Being organized will help you achieve your goals in a timely manner. Use a daily planner to keep track of things that need to get done. Make sure you schedule time for everything- classes, club meetings, exercise, study time, etc. Have a daily to-do-list. Get into the habit of using a calendar, and it will save you a lot of headaches.
5. Avoid procrastination.
Procrastination is a real enemy of university students. The university schedule gives you much more freedom, which can lead to putting things off. University life also has many more academic demands and deadlines, so if you procrastinate too much, things can really pile up. Don’t add unnecessary stress by waiting to get things done at the last minute.