How to Make Time for Fun at College
When lots of people think about college, they think of frat parties and red Solo cups. Indeed, lots of people party much harder during their college days than any other time in their lives. But the truth is, college is a lot of work. Most people are juggling a full course load and a job. Between going to class, working, and studying, there just isn’t much time left to let loose and have fun. If your schedule is packed to the max, you don’t have to – and absolutely shouldn’t – miss out on the fun of college. Here are some tips for managing you scheduling and making time for work and play.
Don’t Bite Off More than You Can Chew
If you’re an overly ambitious student, you might be tempted to do something crazy like take extra credits, work full-time, and take on some extracurriculars. And then you’ll wonder why you’re always stressed out and too busy to have any fun. You need to be realistic about what you can handle and how much pressure you put on yourself. If that one extra class is going to stretch you too thin, just don’t take it. What’s the rush? You deserve to enjoy your college experience, not just rush through it.
Make Fun a Priority
You shouldn’t feel guilty for wanting to give yourself time for a social life. Some people think that relaxing and having fun will take away from their studies. It’s great to make school and work your main priorities, but fun should make the list, too. You have to realize the importance of having a social life. If you make having fun a priority, you’ll find it’s easier to make time for it than if it’s just an afterthought.
You have a work schedule and a class schedule, and you probably have times that you devote to doing your homework, reading, or studying. You should also schedule in your fun. Set aside one night per week on which you don’t do any work at all, and make that night a designated social night. Then, stick to your schedule and don’t let any other obligation intrude on your social night.
Optimize Your Time
You might want to have fun, but you might find that you just don’t have time for it, no matter how hard you try. If this is the case, you should start looking into ways to better optimize your time. Think about what you do during the week. If you take a nap between two classes because you’re tired, try going to the library and doing some work instead. That way, you won’t have to do it at night, and you’ll be free to have a little more fun.
Finally, try to be a little less rigid. College really is an experience that’s made up of much more than just your classes. If something social comes up or a fun opportunity suddenly presents itself, take it! Sometimes you have to just go with the flow.
Andrew Malak is a business student at the University of Texas who tries to make having fun a priority. He loves to write and covers everything from making friends on campus to writing great college essays.
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