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The Great Balancing Act - How To Manage Work/Life Balance In College

Posted by Kelly Hart on Jan 26, 2017 3:15:00 PM

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Between a busy social life and an even busier academic schedule, it can seem like there isn’t enough time in the day to get it all done, especially during your freshmen year. Here are some of our tips for college freshmen for staying on top of your to-do list and still getting in a little “me time.”

  • Organize -  Plan out your schedule at the beginning of each week using a calendar or an app. Make sure to block out time for classes, working out, studying and hanging out with friends. When you take a look at the bigger picture, it becomes easier for you to stay on top of everything you have going on.
  • Clean Up Your ActThe first time you’re away from home can lead to some messy habits. Your parents are no longer there to make you clean up your room, but a messy dorm can lead to you feeling even more out of control. Practice tidying up a few days a week; clean out your dorm room, backpack, and car. A cleaner, more streamlined personal space can help you feel more put together overall.
  • Put You FirstAs much as college is about learning and making friends, it’s also time to prioritize your needs. Don’t let social commitments come in the way of your physical and mental health; make sure you get enough sleep, keep a stash of healthy snacks in your dorm room, and make time to work out at the campus gym. The membership fee at the campus wellness center is worth every penny for stress relief, energy level and meeting new people, and you can do everything from hitting the weights to taking a class.
  • Visit The LibraryThe Ely Library is about to become your best friend. Studying in your dorm can lead to distractions. Instead, grab a table or a computer at the library and tackle your homework. Make this your time to get all of your work done at once so you won’t have to cram everything in later.
  • Ask For HelpDon’t be afraid to say “I can’t do it all alone.” Reach out to a peer tutor if you need extra support in one of your classes. If you’re feeling stressed and having trouble adjusting to college, schedule time with a counselor. Westfield State has plenty of resources to help you not only achieve balance, but to succeed at it.

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College can seem like a lot. There’s a ton of classes, thousands of people to meet and so many things to do. But practicing a little time management and learning to put yourself first can help you get through all four years and beyond.

For more advice, tips and tricks on how to make the most of
your time  in college, check out our College Survival Guide.

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