Time Management Tips For College Students

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  Parties and socializing is a huge part of college life. You should never deny yourself the right to enjoy the non-academic side of the university. You need to keep in mind, however, that partying is only a small part of the college experience. It has its pitfalls, and you need to be careful that you don’t overdo it so that it becomes the MOST important part.

 When you have an early class, avoid the bars the night before. You’re just setting yourself up for trouble. Even if you do get up the next morning after a late night out, you won’t be completely focused on the class. This will lead to you missing important information that you might need later on. You won’t be performing to your full potential if you’re tired or hung over.

 Be mindful of the downfalls of excessive alcohol use. We’re not saying you have to completely avoid alcohol. If you’re of legal age and you want to enjoy a drink or two, by all means, go ahead. But, it’s easy for a few drinks to turn into more and before you know it, you’ve developed a problem. Warning signs that alcohol may be a problem include:

• Missing classes or appointments

• Dropping grades

• Aggressive behavior while drunk

• Erratic behavior while drinking

• Blacking out or poor recollection of events

• Drinking when under stress

If you think you might have a problem, don’t hesitate to seek help. Most college campuses have counselors on staff to help with problems affecting college students. Talk to your family doctor or call a help line such as those offered by Alcoholics Anonymous.

Never, ever, drink and drive. Take a cab, take turns with your friends being designated driver, or walk (but be careful – you CAN get a ticket for public intoxication if you’re too smashed!) Safety should be first and foremost in your mind – at all costs!

There’s much more to college life than partying, though. Enjoy the other aspects of the university. Join an organization you’re passionate about. Were you student body president in high school? Look into student council or Young Republicans. If you’re interested in acting, consider student theater productions.

Sororities and fraternities are present on most four-year campuses. These are great places to activate new friendships that can last for a lifetime. There’s often a “rush” week during which time you can visit the houses and learn more about which groups you might want to be part of.

Often, there is a voting process during which you are accepted or rejected. Don’t be discouraged if you aren’t accepted into your first choice. They might just think you’re not a good fit with their personalities and/or lifestyle. Just don’t give up. Being part of a fraternity or sorority can be great fun and a huge learning experience.

Don’t discount calm, laid-back activities as well. Simply watching a movie or playing cards with your dorm-mates can be great relaxation and just as fun as going to a bar – but without the hangover!

Having fun is a big part of college life. You deserve to enjoy the whole experience, so be sure and make time for yourself and cultivating friendships and interests.

So what if you’re a non-traditional student? Think this advice doesn’t apply to you? Let’s address that in our next section.

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