No matter what your folks tell you about college and the importance of keeping your head down with your studies, there really is so much more to college than just books and lectures. College is life experience;
one that you will probably never have again. If you are going to college for the first time – whether you choose to live at home or move in with new house mates – it’s important to make the most of your
Make the most of everything you do, and that covers everything from your studies and your academic development to your friendships and your social skills, from your abilities in the kitchen
and your homemaking talents to the way you look after yourself. The two major spheres to juggle are socialising and studying, and harmonising the two can be difficult when you want to succeed in both.
And it really is important to succeed in both.
College life sets you up for your life out there in the professional world, and every working professional needs to have friends and supporters. Book Worm or Social Butterfly? The two don’t have to be mutually exclusive. In fact, the two can work really well together if you just have the self control to say “no” when you’re over-doing it, and “yes” when you need to participate
more. Here are some tips on juggling social and study:
1. Join a sports team – many colleges have sports teams and clubs such as football, netball, rugby, basketball, dance, tennis, drama and more. Whether you’re athletic or arty, there are usually many groups
to bring like minded people together. Routine and structure within these teams are very good for building self-discipline and teaching you the importance of working with others. If there isn’t a team/club for what you love, think about starting one.
2. Make an effort with course mates – lectures can be long and boring, but if you make friends within your course mates, you will have a support group to turn to when it comes to studying. Studying together
can often inspire new ideas and help you bounce questions and answers off one another. Course mates are important because you already have something in common and you can build on that. Turn classmates in
social buddies by inviting them out, or even creating a course outing. Never be afraid to suggest nights out, parties and team events.
3. Build a routine – it’s hard to concentrate on studying when there are so many parties and nights out to attend to. Most college cities and towns have student nights and certain nights of the week tend to
be better than others. Pick a few and make them your ‘usual nights’; this way, you can reserve the quiet nights for studying. If you create a routine for yourself, you can quickly motivate yourself for studying.
4. Treat yourself after long study periods – if you and your friends are studying very hard, it’s a good idea to treat yourselves after. Doing things together is great for bonding and you will really feel like you are going through it together. You and your friends can treat yourselves to a night out, a shopping weekend, a spa day, a mini break, a pub crawl, a big dinner, or anything you wish. But after finishing your assignment!
We hope these tips have been useful for your time at college. Duff Miller International is an independent Sixth Form College London pioneering for academic excellence in the UK.