Finding the appropriate balance between your studies and your social life is one of the most
difficult components of the university or college experience. Managing your time well allows
you to get the most out of your study abroad experience, allowing you to focus on academics
when necessary while also allowing you to refresh and recharge with new friends. Learning to
balance work and enjoyment is an important ability that you will use even after you graduate.
Here are a few pointers to help you have a successful year:
Prioritization is crucial in college! Students are often so preoccupied with building a social life
and having fun that they forget that school should always come first. This is college, and your
primary goal is to obtain a degree. Remind yourself to always schedule time for your studies and
assignments, and not to allow your social life to interfere.
Many students are sleep deprived, and this is no secret. If you allow this to happen to you, you
will suffer academically and socially. Get sufficient sleep if you want to excel at both. When you
get enough rest, you'll be able to handle your hectic schedule and make better decisions.
It’s Okay to Say No
Saying "no" can be difficult, but it's even more difficult when you're an international student
adjusting to your new university. While it is important to arrange time to socialize or attend
events with new acquaintances, you should not feel obligated to accept an invitation to go out if
you simply need a break or some more study time.
Plan Social Time
Balance your social time with your study time. Allow yourself some breathing time by
participating in social gatherings, events, etc. Try not to make exceptions if there is a party or
activity going on during your specified study period, that degree you’ve always dreamt of is now
within your reach-so push yourself a bit more! There will be instances when it won't interfere
with your plans like on weekends when you know you won't have any tests or classes.
Being proactive is really beneficial in maintaining a healthy balance between academic and
social life. Encourage yourself to get started on your schoolwork as soon as you are given it!
This will allow you to finish the assignment early and do what you want later. Also, because the
content will be fresh in your mind, you will get a better grade on the task. Because you won't feel
rushed or pressured by time limits, you'll feel less stressed.
When you have a tight schedule, using alarms on your phone or other devices might help you
stay on track. When you're sitting around conversing with pals, it's easy to lose sight of time.
When it's time to take a break from socializing and study or run errands, an alarm can be set to
remind you. Friends who are good will understand and will not be offended.
Organization also aids in the balancing of social and academic life. You'll be more likely to
complete these duties and less likely to let social engagements divert you if you have an ordered
list of all the tasks to perform for classes and all assignments due dates. In contrast, if you do not
keep an organized record of all of your class assignments, you may easily forget about them and
instead spend time with your friends. Encourage yourself to keep organized by purchasing a
weekly planner in which you may write down all of the tasks you need to complete for class.
You will benefit for the rest of your life from the strategies you learn to balance your social and
study time. While hard work has its place, social contacts are crucial for emotional and mental
well-being. Consider the time you spend right now studying this balancing act to be some of the
best time you'll ever spend.