By Emily Mesa
When you are fresh out of high school , and excited to finally be free and on your own in college, you may find that your freshman year of college can be a bit of a harder time than you thought as you try to balance school, work, and socializing. For some, it is an easy transition, and for others it might take some time to get adjusted to this new lifestyle.
When experiencing “college life” for the first time, you can get a little carried away and not focus so much on school work because you want to just go out and party. That doesn’t have to be the case though.
There are many ways you can manage school work and socializing so that you can have the best of both worlds. Take college as if it is a job, and at your job you need to do all your work before you clock out.
So once you get out of class, or sometimes even in class, get your homework done or study for a test you have coming up. Then after you’re done studying, or doing the work you need to do, you can “clock out” and go out with your friends and have a great time.
To keep up with the whole job analogy your “pay day” is your grades. Once you see that you’re putting in some effort in school and getting your homework done your grades will show how hard you’ve worked.
You could also reward yourself by going out with your friends or going to that party you really wanted to go to. The best balance is to know the importance of school and what you’re there for.
The biggest thing of all is to not procrastinate or leave everything until the last minute because that is when you start to get stressed out and your grades start to drop.
College is a whole new experience and you should be able to enjoy it to the fullest. Find out what works for you and balance your school work and social life the best way you can.