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Stomping the Yard: 6 Tips to College Success

At times, college is stressful and time consuming. Between work-study, attending classes and extra-curricular activities, it can be downright exhausting. With all that is going on, it can be easy to neglect yourself. That’s why it is very important for you to find a balance between all aspects of college life and truly enjoy all that it has to offer.

Here is a quick guide on how to manage your academic, social and personal life for the next four years.

1) Manage your time.

Use a planner to map out your days. When you write your schedule down you are more likely to stick to it. Plan out your class schedule as well as breaks throughout the day to relax and do something other than academics.

2) Do the things that you enjoy.

On the weekend or after you’ve finished class, go do things that make you happy. Self-care is extremely important for maintaining a healthy life. Make time to do things for yourself and by yourself. You may like reading on the quad, treating yourself to a massage, mani or pedi or exploring your campus and surrounding community. Whatever your hobby is, there is no shame in having alone time.

3) Party…in moderation.

Parties are another way to separate academic from social life, and are great in moderation. You do not have to attend every party to have a thriving social life. Balance is necessary, otherwise you may become too consumed with the extreme, and it can overshadow your academics.

4) Pray and/or meditate often.

To step away from it all, pray or meditate to help alleviate some of your stresses. Taking your problems to a higher power through church, prayer or simply reflecting on your actions can keep you calm and give you clarity for better ways to handle problems or stress in the future.

5) Work out regularly.

One of the best ways to clear your mind is to work out. Go hard with cardio and/or weightlifting or take things easy with yoga. Whatever the exercise, working out allows you to refocus your energy and release some of the tension you have. It is a great way to get fit and decompress.

6) Talk it out.

Talk to someone you trust. Pour out your heart to them and vent about any concerns or issues you may have. This person may be a parent, close friend, mentor or partner. They are there to support you and be your escape from academic life. Allow them to guide you and be your voice of reason in difficult times.

College/life balance isn’t a cakewalk, but it is possible. Remember why you’re there and allow yourself to enjoy all that the experience has to offer.