How to balance school, work and social life Anubala B January 27, 2023

How to balance school, work and social life

Balancing school, work, and social life can be a real challenge, especially as a student. I know from personal experience how easy it is to get caught up in the whirlwind of classes, assignments, and extracurricular activities, while trying to maintain a social life and hold down a job. But trust me, it’s possible to find a balance that works for you.

When I first started college, I didn’t realize how important it was to prioritize my time. I would often find myself cramming for exams at the last minute or skipping out on social plans because I had too much work to do. But eventually, I learned that making a schedule and sticking to it was key. I set aside specific blocks of time for studying, working, and socializing, and I found that I was able to get more done and have more fun when I was organized. Earlier I used to mark all the tasks for the day with the time allotted in my notebook. Then, I leveraged the features of Google Calendar. Now I know the outline of my day and what to expect from the day right when I wake up.

Another lesson I learned was the power of saying no. In college, there are always going to be parties, events, and opportunities that you’ll want to be a part of. But it’s essential to remember that you can’t do everything and still maintain your sanity. Saying no to certain invitations or activities allowed me to focus on the things that were truly important to me.

I also found that maintaining a healthy work-life balance was crucial. I worked with a person from an NGO while in college which laid the foundation of my technical skills. Only after that I realized what actual college and students are missing in the academics and started working on building this community. Okay, that’s a different story. Even with those hectic technical works, I made sure to set boundaries and not to let it consume all my time. I still made time for myself and my loved ones, which helped me to reduce stress and improve my overall well-being.

Finally, I learned that it’s okay to ask for help. Whether it was seeking out tutoring or counseling services, or talking to a professor or supervisor, there are many resources available to help you navigate the challenges of balancing school, work, and social life. I was often surprised by how understanding and willing to help my professors and seniors were when I approached them with my concerns.

In conclusion, finding a balance between school, work, and social life can be a tough task, but by prioritizing your time, learning to say no, maintaining a healthy work-life balance, and being willing to ask for help when needed, you can achieve a balance that works for you.

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