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How to Manage Everyday Life in College

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College is life changing mentally, physically, and emotionally. You can experience a whole new life whether one mile away from home one or three hundred.

Either way, the college journey can be successfully executed by any student as long as it’s approached with an intentional strategy and consistency.

One of the first things that comes to mind when students think of college is the coursework. College does demand more time dedicated towards studying than high school and it’s beneficial to schedule your studying hours.

If you have morning classes, it might be best for you to study in the evening, in between classes, or right before you go to sleep. If you have classes in the evening, you should wake up early in the morning and study for a few hours and leave the rest of the time to take care of yourself before class. Setting a timer helps to avoid burning out and becoming tired.

For instance, if a student studies one hour they should then take a 20 minute break and for every hour they study, they then take another 20 minute break. Scheduling your study periods helps you manage your time when it comes to dedicating the right amount of time and retaining the course material.

Another tip is to start with your most challenging classwork, so with that out of the way, you’ll be able to get through your other coursework with ease. When trying to develop your studying habits, apps can help keep you accountable and motivated. A few studying apps include:

Apps can help you develop the 4.0 strategy that works best for you. Never underestimate the ability to use studying apps frequently or even with your friends. 

When you’re in college, you have a lot of free time on your hands, and what you do with that free time is what matters most. Friends invite you to parties, kickbacks, and out to eat, and whether you say yes or no could determine how you navigate your day when you have a schedule.

This is where discipline comes into play, so if you have work that you know needs to be done, you should say no and get to your work.

Never procrastinate; procrastination is the enemy. If your work has been done in advance and you have time to spare then you could go out as long as it doesn’t hinder anything pertaining to your education.

One of the best ways to avoid making tough decisions and procrastination is to complete your work in advance. Every time you receive an assignment, try to complete it within 24 hours and move onto the next that may be due within the same week.

Doing this can help you avoid stress and to be a more responsible student. 

4 Ways To Make Your Life Easier In College

In the midst of all the studying and hanging out with friends, make sure you make time to eat. Oftentimes students get so caught up in college life they forget to eat regularly. Try your best to eat three meals a day even if you have to incorporate it into your schedule.

One of the best ways to be sure you’re staying fueled is by keeping a snack and bottle of water in your backpack. We bring our bags everywhere, so it’s great to always have something on hand even when you’re busy.

In addition, don’t be afraid to put your health before your schoolwork. If you’ve been at the library for hours without anything to eat because you’ve been studying for a test, stop and take a few hours to yourself because it’s essential that you take care of yourself.

The gym is one of the best places on your campus because it’s where you can sweat out your stress. Exercise is one of the best ways to reduce stress and give yourself a break, and you’ll feel great afterwards. However, one may ask, where am I going to find time to go to the gym? Maybe you don’t have to.

Riding your bike to class, taking a morning jog, or just doing some yoga in your room can benefit your mental and physical health. You can make anything happen when you organize it into your schedule. 

During your everyday college life, there are many responsibilities that you should stay ahead of, some including: 

  • Checking your email (scholarship opportunities, internships, and tasks could come in at any time)
  • Reading over your upcoming assignments (this helps avoid missing assignments)
  • Participating in extracurricular activities (stay involved on your campus so you can feel more at home and active within your campus community)
  • Doing the task that can build a relationship with your professor (this is important because networking can get you far)

Never beat yourself up if you make mistakes in your college life because it’s a process. Creating a schedule, eating properly, and exercising all while balancing social life and academics can be overwhelming.

Know that it’s okay to take a step back sometimes and give yourself a round of applause because you’re making it despite the handful. You’re more than capable of adjusting to the college environment and know that it will happen over time. 

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