Grades are important, but there are so many other things during your college experience that are just as important as studying. Time is valuable so you need to be making the most of it, and although grades are a priority, there are so many other things you should be doing as well. Here are 10 Things To Make Time For In College!
The most important activity I should be making time for and seem to always forget to do is sleep! Sleeping is so important and without it, you won’t have the energy for day to day tasks. Going to class will become impossible, and so will paying attention to your lectures. Nodding off is the worst if it’s a subject you don’t understand! Try to see if you can fit more naps into your daily schedule or try going to bed a few hours earlier than normal. You won’t be at your best if you aren’t well rested.
I get so caught up in school, sometimes I forget to have a social life and hang out with my friends. Studying is very important, but it’s also important to keep up with a social life and make connections with other people. I personally like being alone, but it does get lonely being with yourself sometimes and you start to lose your mind. Anyone can make time for coffee with a friend or a late night movie marathon with friends every once in a while.
The college generation grew up never eating breakfast in their lifetime. Our claim was that classes always started too early where we could never make breakfast in time. Even now at age 20, I hear that excuse all the time, and even some of my friends skip lunch or even dinner! Like sleep, your body needs food to keep it going. Without that energy, simple things become impossible. Although there doesn’t seem time for meals, make time!
School can get a bit overwhelming sometimes to the point you think you’re going crazy. School isn’t all about studying and working, there can be time for fun! Whenever you start feeling stressed or overtaken by homework, don’t forget to have some me time to reset and relax. From watching a Netflix show or two to taking a hot shower.
College is always a time to focus on career development because that’s what you’re going there for! College is all about figuring out your career path, and it’s important you take the steps to get there. If you’re not sure what next steps to take, think about going to the career center or finding ways to boost your resume. For example, I’m currently writing for the student newspaper at my college, and I’m currently looking for an internship in media for the summer. Those two things will really make me stand out on a resume showing that I have some experience in the field I want to be in.
If you’re like me, my parents have been helping me out a lot in paying for college. I could never name everything they do for me, but the least you could do for them is call them once in a while. I wouldn’t be as successful as I am today if it weren’t for them and your parents probably do so much for you. Whether you talk to them once a day or once a week, a phone call home is something you should definitely make time for.
I’m not the biggest exerciser but the freshman 15 is a real thing. Whether you go for a walk or spend an hour at the gym, getting out is essential for staying sane in, and keeping any unwanted calories at bay. Although I don’t work out all the time, I try to make time for the little exercises. A way I like to exercise is doing work out videos with my roommate or playing Just Dance after a long school day. Although it’s not the first thing you think of when you think of exercise, it does burn calories!
Doing Something Nice For Others
Not everyone in college is the nicest, believe me, people are kind of shitty. Which is why it’s important to try and give back even when others aren’t. It makes me feel really great when I pay for the person’s coffee behind me or help pick up someone’s books if they’ve dropped them. Not everyone in the world is nice out there, so taking the time to do a good deed could really brighten someone’s day, maybe even your own.
There are so many benefits to volunteering. Not only does it look good on a resume, but you can make so many connections and friendships with various people while giving back to your community. Since being in college, volunteering has really changed my whole outlook and experience on things, because there are so many little things you can do to help out. The rewards are tremendous!
College is the time in your life to make connections, with friends, colleagues, professors and future employers. When you aren’t studying, or in class, meet as many people as you can! The people around you can be your biggest assets later on in life when applying for a job or putting together a big project. Reach out to people, even if it’s scary because it could take you places in life.
What do you make time for in college? Leave a comment below!