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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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Adjusting To College Life

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College is starting up soon! Some of you incoming freshman and transfers could be leaving home for the first time. Or some of you could be returning students living on your own for the first time in an apartment. Here is some advice on what to expect when you leave for college.

1. You May Get Overwhelmed

For all of you incoming freshman or transfers, you may get overwhelmed with the college lifestyle. Learning to be independent, juggling your school work, and trying to adjust to the college system can be difficult. It’s okay to be overwhelmed, but know that you can always ask for help or advice! See your advisor if you feel your class load might be too much to handle. You can also see if your school has any peer mentoring programs that could help you adjust to the college life!

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2. You Will Get Homesick

Don’t keep it in that you are homesick! Keep in touch with your family and friends back home, whether for a phone call, Skype session, or a train ride home – make sure to make time for them. Not only does it help you to get over feeling homesick, but it also comforts your parents! Don’t forget to ask your parents to send you care packages, sometimes you just need your favorite snacks from home to bring you comfort.

College Campus Care Package Full Of Snacks For Students

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3. Deciding On A Major -Or Not

Picking your major can be difficult, but it’s okay if you don’t know what you want yet. The first year of college helps you to sort out what you want to pursue. If you have your major set but are thinking of switching, that’s okay too! Just because you came in with a specific major doesn’t mean you have to stick with it. Again, see an advisor to sort out what direction you want to go toward! Just know that it’s okay to be undecided or to change your major.

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Whether it be living on your own for the first time, juggling the college lifestyle, or deciding on a major – enjoy college to the fullest! Break out of your comfort zone and take on all the new opportunities college has to offer you.

Good luck this school year!

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5 Common Misconceptions for College Freshmen

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Oh college… Studying all night, being in class all day, working when you are not studying, and partying. Sound about right? Well, to the new college student, this may seem like the life they have just enrolled themselves in. However, there are a few misconceptions that college freshman usually believe when entering college:

1) Partying All Night, Every Night.

Yes, part of this is true. There will be people who party a lot. However, these parties are busted 99% of the time. This is a situation where you always want to keep caution.

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2) Everybody Does It.

This could not be any more false. Other students will try to convince you that you should do things with them, but if this is something that you are set against doing, stand by your morals. People will respect you more for standing for what you believe in. And trust me, there are a lot of people who do not follow the crowd.

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3) Classes Will Be REALLY Hard.

High school teachers like to scare you when they say, “if you think this is hard, wait until you get to college.” Well, they aren’t completely wrong – classes will be harder, but if you actually make an effort and enjoy the class then you will do well.

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4) Meeting People Will Be Hard.

If you are going to a school far away from home where you do not know anyone, it can be intimidating to meet new people. However, this is your chance to bust out of your shell! So just get out there, and talk to people!

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5) The Professor Will Always Guide You

Most college classes occur in large lecture halls, leaving little time for professors to know all of their students. Professors are also busy and may not always be around outside of class, and they definitely will not spend as much one-on-one time with you like teachers in high school have. Don’t expect them to hold your hand for you to excel or if you miss a class!

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You will surely find your own misconceptions when you get to college, but these are a few that you can get past right away! Good luck with school this year and remember to make your own idea of what college life is all about.

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Snooze or Lose!

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As a college student, a lot of our nights are spent staying up late studying, finishing a paper, going out to the bars, or trying to find some time to ourselves to finally relax. It is quite rare for any student to go to bed early and sleep in to a sufficient time. A lot of students (even after staying up late the night before) wake up early to do last minute studying, early morning work-outs, or go to class. Between going to bed late and waking up early, the quality of our sleep is significantly declining.

The Facts

College students are supposed to sleep on average between 7-9 hours per night. However, the real average comes to less than 6.9 hours per night. Sleep is a time to put our body and mind to rest. The typical university life requires sleep time for the body to refuel and for the brain to refresh and improve learning and memory, yet sleep time keeps decreasing.

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Impact

Sleep deprivation has a major impact on your body, mind, and studies.

  • Decreased Immunity
  • Mood Swings / Bad Mood
  • Decreased Flexibility and Strength
  • Weight Gain
  • Impaired Attention Span
  • Memory Deficiency
  • Poor Academic Performance
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Better Habits

Get yourself into a better sleeping habit to avoid sleep deprivation. Here are some tips:

  • Bed Time Ritual - Do certain tasks right before sleep to let the body know it’s time to wind down and prepare for bed (ex. Brush your teeth, wash your face, relax). Also, go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time each morning.
  • Relax – Calm anxiety and daily stress away by making time for yourself. Include this in with your ritual (ex. Read a book, listen to relaxing music, take a bath).
  • Light Snack – Eat something small (ex. Yogurt, Granola Bar, Mixed Nuts).
  • Avoid Naps – This will prohibit you from sleeping later and ruin your routine!
  • No Stress Zone – The bed is not a place for thinking, worrying, or making to-do lists. Try to get this all out BEFORE you hop into bed.
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Our whole day depends on proper sleep, so it is time to stop neglecting an important part of our daily schedule! Sleep right – sleep tight!

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What Would You Tell Your Freshman Self? Think EPIC.

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This is Part 2 in a series of letters from college graduates to their freshman alter egos. (Here’s Part 1 on freshman advice.) Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your younger self about your college years?

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By guest blogger, Keith Kaplan: ALBION COLLEGE: Brains (double-major honors student, Mortar Board, College Fellow) and brawn (swim team captain and an avid outdoorsman who most days can be seen paddling on the river that runs through his campus). Co-founder of the eponymous DK Cookies (on Facebook!).

If you ask many older folks about college, they’ll most likely say they miss college or something involving how great their college experience was.

They’re definitely right. Being a current college student and from my experiences, your college experience should be EPIC.

To make your journey an epic experience, I put together a list of the top tips to have a stellar experience these next few years of your life – I would’ve wanted to know these going into my college experience.

Don’t be a cement head. While in school, you’ll experience situations you probably haven’t experienced before. Whether it’s new activities or learning new skills, always have a positive mentality and a drive to achieve. Be sure to ditch the “I am not good at this, so I won’t try” cement head attitude – you’ll only be limiting yourself.

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College freshman Keith

Don’t be afraid. I know from personal experience, I’d be afraid to try something new by myself, whether it was attending a club meeting or joining an intramural sport. Don’t be afraid. The only person that can limit yourself is you.

Have fun, but be responsible. In college there will be parties, there will be drinking, and there may be some risky behavior. I say feel free to partake in these social experiences, but be responsible. This might take a few times to adjust to, but you will learn soon enough how to balance a social life and your studies.
Be yourself.
 Typically, there are a bunch of activities to do on or around campus. If you have to change yourself for something or someone, don’t do it. There will always be a group of people, an activity, or a hobby that’ll fit your interest.Take advantage of your college network. This includes other students on campus as well as your professors and administrators. Ask upperclassmen about professors and classes to take and not to take. Also, use your college campus as a microcosm to try out new ideas, whether it’s a business or starting a new club or sport.Meet your professors. Office hours are great for connecting with your professors. Students might think of office hours as a weakness because they see it as not performing well and needing extra help – FALSE. Connecting with your professors could lead to possible job and internship opportunities, and research positions.College is about learning, discovering yourself, your interests, and your passions. I say if you don’t put yourself into uncomfortable or challenging situations, you are doing college wrong. One more thing, please try something new because you may never know what you’ll discover about yourself.

 

Professional college student (for now),
Keith Kaplan

 

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