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Balancing Your Time As A Busy College Student

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If you are like me, which I know a lot of you are, you have a job, you are a full time student, and you are in a relationship. On paper that may not seem like a big deal, but to do well in all three areas, it takes a lot of energy, time, and patience. Over the years, being married has helped me learn a few ways to maintain good standing in all three of these important areas of my life. Here are some of my tips that can hopefully help you maintain perfect balance between working, being a college student, and having a great relationship.

1. Designate Specific Days

This may not work for everyone, but having a date night for my husband and I, has helped out so much. Every Thursday night ( sometimes another night due to our schedule) is a night just for the two of us. We don’t necessarily have to go out, sometimes we stay in, drink wine, and play board games or watch a movie. It’s a night for us to do whatever we want. This also works for homework – set a day to get as much done as possible. I have class all day Tuesday, so my designated school work day is Tuesday nights. This help me to stay organized and know when I can get my homework done.

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2. Work Together

Sometimes it’s nice to do your homework with your significant other, that way you are still spending time with each other, but you are also getting your work done too. It’s nice because I don’t have to let any of my priorities slide and I can have an awesome study partner. You can also do homework with friends too.

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3. Don’t Do Homework At Your Job

It may seem like a good idea to kill two birds with one stone, especially if work is slow, but chances are your boss isn’t going to like paying you to do your homework. You can’t excel at your job if your attention is focused on something else and your homework won’t be done well if you’re not completely focused on it.

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A college student typically has a million things going on at once. Hopefully these tips can help give you some ideas on how to make sure your time is balanced so that not only everything can get done, but also so you are enjoying yourself without any wasted energy or stress.

What do you like to do to make sure you balance everything you do?

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The Power Of A Nap

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With classes in full swing, you may be finding it a bit difficult to get a good night’s sleep. Don’t feel guilty about a power nap before you start studying, there are many benefits associated with sneaking in a decent nap before class or starting homework.

1. Memory

Napping improves your working memory associated with completing complex tasks where you actually need to pay attention. While you are sleeping, your memories are moved to the neocortex and become stored as long-term memories.

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2. Perception

Naps improve your sensory perception, meaning when you wake up your walls are brighter, your Chipotle smells better, and your Dr. Pepper is that much more refreshing. Napping also loosens and refreshes your web of ideas and helps fuse everything together. Think of it like re-fragmenting your computer; this is what sleeping does to your brain.

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3. Health

Sleep deprivation increases the stress hormone, cortisol. Too much cortisol weakens your muscular and immune system, increases glucose intolerance, adds abdominal fat, and decreases levels of growth hormones and testosterone in your body.

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4. Normal Functioning

Piling homework on with no sleep actually decreases your productivity. Sleep is required for normal daily functioning, especially for the life of a busy college student. So do yourself a favor and take a quick nap every now and then. You won’t regret it.

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Anyone sleepy yet?

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4 Ways To Be Productive In-Between Classes

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For those of you who have longer breaks in between your classes, take advantage of them! Don’t simply use them to eat your lunch and sit around waiting for your next class. Below are four ways you can put those breaks to use without even leaving campus:

1. Homework

The very best way to spend time in between your classes is to do your school work. Whether it be reading your textbooks or writing essays, it can be done on campus. This way, when you get home at the end of the day, you can truly unwind and do other things because you won’t have to worry about doing homework.

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2. Print

Why waste your own ink and paper at home printing those 15-page research papers when you can do it at school? On your breaks, head to your campus’ computer room and print everything you need. Most colleges offer unlimited free printing for students, but some do charge – so be sure to find out your best option.

Male College Student Printing Written Essay From Library Computer Printer

Male College Student Printing Written Essay From Library Computer Printer

3. Professor Office Hours

Most professors spend their office hours waiting for students to come to them for help. Yet students rarely take the opportunity to do so. Even if you’re not struggling in a class, use each break to go to a different professor. Ask them questions about the lecture, the homework, or your overall major. Not only will it help you understand the material more, it will also show your professor that you care about your education and that can have a positive effect on your grade in that class. Bonding with your professor is also a good idea if you ever need a letter of recommendation for grad school.

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4. Socialize

Use your breaks to meet new people and network. If there is an on-campus event going on during your break, go to it! College is a lot more fun if you make friends and the breaks go by a lot quicker when you have someone to spend them with.

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What do you like to do in-between classes? Tell us below.

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Adjusting To Dorm Life

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For many people, living in a dorm is a new and sometimes daunting experience. Many people may have never lived in a building with so many people before and may feel socially uncomfortable. Dorm life can either be miserable or the best time of your life; here are some tips to make sure it is the latter.

1. Be Social

Believe it or not, most people are friendly beings and won’t bite if you go up to talk to them. You don’t have to be friends with everyone in your dorm, but being friendly neighbors will at least make your time pleasant and enjoyable. I met some of my best friends in the dorms and you could too!

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2. Roommates

You don’t have to be best friends with your roommates. You don’t even have to get along. But the best way to make a living situation work is by being upfront and honest with your them if there is something bothering you. Be respectful of each other’s space and keep good communication.

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3. Residential Assistants

If there is one thing you should know about your residential assistant (RA), it is that they are normal students just like you. Be friendly and get to know your RA. Most of them love to meet and know their residents on a more personal level, not to mention it’s their job. Also your RA is more likely to let small dorm infractions slide if they like you. Just don’t do anything reckless that would force your RA to do their job and report you. That would be awkward.

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Living in a dorm is one of the best experiences about college. Staying on campus is a crucial part to truly experiencing life as a college student, so make the most of it!R

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Preparing To Travel Abroad

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

After graduating college, a lot of us students don’t know what to do with our lives. We may have been so caught up in making sure we passed our last few classes that we needed to graduate that we didn’t really prepare for what would happen after. Or, for those of us who applied for a job that we didn’t successfully land, we now wonder – now what?

For me, it was clear I wanted to travel. Because I was on a budget, I looked for programs that would chip in for the cost of flights to and from the country. When I found The Republic of Georgia looking for English teachers and willing to pay the full cost for flights, I applied immediately and was contacted for an interview just three days later.

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We don’t realize until it’s actually happening that we have to take care of some things before leaving the country:

1. Money

Make sure you have the money to travel comfortably. If not, there are always programs that offer work trades in exchange for food and board. It’s just a matter of searching! Also, be sure to give two weeks notice if you do have a job.

2. Storage

Renting a storage unit and making sure you have enough money to pay for it while you’re away is important. There are just some things you cannot travel with and especially if you are giving up your apartment, you need to find a place to store your belongings.

3. International Calls

Check with your cell phone provider to see if you have an international calling plan. If not, you have to figure out how to get one. And if you can’t afford to get one, download apps like Viber and Whatsapp, which allow you to make free international calls and texts to anyone else you know with that app.

4. Pets

If you have a pet, you have to figure out who will watch it while you are gone. And make sure it has an identification collar just in case.

5. Shots and Identification

Make sure to get the required and recommended shots. Then making sure you have a supply of whatever prescriptions you take for the time you are gone. Also, make copies of passports, identification, and immunization cards.

Tailor this list to you and your trip. I recommend starting early. I hope you’ll follow along with me as I write about teaching in The Republic of Georgia!

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Happy travels!

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