How to Balance Academics and your Social Life

October 12th, 2009

Judging by all the insight resumes that the Admissions staff has read over the past ten months, the class of 2013 will be very involved on campus!  That said, we decided to offer up some tips to help students balance their school priorities and social life this upcoming year.  After all, we can’t expect you to study all day long, right?

Straight from the Student Leadership & Involvement (SLI) office, here are just a sample of the helpful hints to being involved on campus and staying afloat in your academics.

– Make a master course syllabus.  Combine all course syllabi into a mega-list.

– Keep a To-Do-List and daily planner.  Rather than just listing when an assignment is due, actually schedule time prior to work on the assignment.  Do the same for
exam studying.

– Get off the phone…including text messaging.  Turn it on “silentâ€? when you are trying to study…this will decrease the amount of interruptions.

– Go to class.  Life goes better if you show up.

– Sleep 6-8 hours a night.  All-nighters are not healthy and your memory actually suffers when you do not get enough sleep.

– Learn to say “noâ€?.  It is healthy to set limits.  If you can’t succeed as a student, you won’t be able to be a student leader anymore.

Don’t forget to have fun! The more balance you have in your life, the more successful you will be in all areas (student, leader, friend, partner,
family member, all-around healthy-happy person).

*For the full list of tips from SLI, click here.

We’re looking forward to welcoming the Class of 2013 to campus this fall and can’t wait to see the impact they make on our community!


12 responses to “How to Balance Academics and your Social Life”

  1. Great advice! Especially the phone one, because students spend way too much time hanging on their cell phones. Not healthy!!

  2. Siphone says:

    Thanks for the great list, quite humorous yet very good advice. I just hope it gets the message through!

  3. Amy says:

    These are actually very handy, thanks Marleigh. I am off to read the full list now 🙂

  4. Very nice post. Learning to balance your life is a life long lesson that will result in a healthier lifestyle overall.

  5. Steven says:

    – 12 hrs/day for class and homework
    – 5 hrs / day for social life
    – 7 hrs/day for sleeping
    You will be fine during your school years.

  6. Markus Karte says:

    I made the expericence that it’s all about your energy. So you have to give your body and mind the resources to succeed in both: social and education life (which go hand in hand imho).

    => Spend your money on good food. Not on stuff which takes your energy instead of giving you the power. Good food comes from nature, not from laboratories.

    => Find out your daily patterns of doing senseless things, like surfing the web without any target. Like checking your Mails twenty times a day or browsing Facebook for hours. Don’t do the senseless stuff anymore: “break the negative chain”. Then jump into the “positive chain” and do not break it. If you break it, you have to put energy in finding back to the productive way of living. If you dont break the positive chain, you will be more and more successful.

  7. Dave says:

    It was a real problem for me for long years. Now i do get mor time for my social life by paying attention very well in my classes.

  8. James says:

    Great advices. I met some more on the internet that might help also.

    1. Work in the library not in your dorm room. There are fewer temptations there. Some colleges even allocate library carrels to those who want them, so you can have your own home away from home.

    2. Select your dorm thoughtfully. Often “theme� dorms (e.g., foreign language, vegetarian cuisine, “Great Books�) attract more serious students than those earmarked for the general population. “Substance Free� is, in fact, a common theme. Some dorms or dorm complexes have resident faculty members who oversee mini-courses available only to residents. These dorms, too, are usually popular with a more academic crowd than the high-rises with satellite TV in every lounge. Even campuses without theme houses or mini-courses tend to have some living areas that are reputed to be far more sedate than others. Similarly, off-campus housing can mean more solitude and study time or it could put you smack dab in Party Central, if you land in an apartment complex full of students or stuffed in a bedroom with mulitple others. Choose wisely.

    3. Join a club or organization (or a few). Social life doesn’t have to mean sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Many students bond with their fellow staffers on the school newspaper or have a great time on Outing Club expeditions. You don’t have to sign up for the Campus Crusade for Christ to find a group of friends who prefer to direct their energies to more worthwhile ventures than tapping a keg.

    4. Get outside help. If you’re really struggling to keep your focus on your academic commitments, you might want to talk to either your faculty advisor or a member of the college counseling staff. He or she may suggest setting up regular check-ins to chart your progress and can offer advice that is specific to your campus and situation.

  9. 3D TV says:

    Great meaning in your post. The art of having a balanced life is to learn to balance your life. The evidence is there that this is the only way to lasting happiness.


  10. We all complain of being busy and having no time but if we were to sit down and analyze what was meaningful and productive then cut out the meaningless we would all find ourselves with a better balance to our lives. This simple step then changes our thinking from negative (“I’m to busy to do this or that”) to positive (“I would love to do this or that”) making us feel better about how we have balanced “work” and “play”

  11. Get off the phone…including text messaging.This would be a big time distraction, when studying you will get more dome in less time with fewer interruptions.

  12. daniel says:

    although this list is incredibly simple. it is forgotten by most college students (including myself) good down to earth post. i printed out and put in on my desk

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