- Manage your academic time:
With so much going on in your life when you’re in college, sometimes it can be difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel: graduation. No matter what else you have going on, this should be your main focus and with exams quickly approaching, it can be difficult to manage and prioritize your time.
When looking at your schedule for the week, figure out what your academic commitments look like. What time do you have classes? How much homework do you have to do? What assignments are due? When do you have major exams or quizzes? Keep an agenda or calendar and set aside blocks of time to do your homework and assignments and study for an exam.
Whenever you have extra time, try to look over your notes from a class you may be having some trouble with or where you recently learned new material. This way, when final exams comes around, you’re not frantically learning the material from the whole semester and you can just review.
- Don’t overload yourself:
Sometimes, college students can get caught up with joining and taking on as many leadership positions as possible in order to fill their resume to the max. However, this can lead to being completely overwhelmed and cut into your academics, which are the number one priority. Make sure you “choose your battles” as in deciding how much you can fit in your own schedule and deciding which are the most important to you.
If freshman year you were a member of four clubs, but sophomore year your coursework becomes more difficult or you get an on-campus job, you may need to cut down to two or three clubs. Likewise, if junior year you join the executive board of one of your clubs, you may need to reprioritize again and make sure you have enough time for each of your responsibilities.
- Keep your health in mind:
It’s an unrealistic expectation to think that you can study, go to class, and work all day, every day. Your brain needs a break, too! Make sure to allow yourself time to go to something fun in the quad or just hang out for an hour or so at night with friends over dinner.
When people’s schedules are tight, one of the first things to go is sleep. While it may be common among college students, a lack of sleep is more detrimental than you might think. It can throw everything out of whack: your mental health, your physical health, your stress level, and, of course, your schedule.
Also, when you have so many things going on, students tend to get so caught up in their responsibilities that they forget the things that really matter like eating or showering. You can go from class to work to your club, and eventually realize it’s 5 o’clock and you haven’t eaten yet. Make sure you’re always putting yourself first and taking care of your own needs!
– Sara Zuckerman, Career Intern