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Staying Sane

by Fontbonne University on February 13, 2015

in Academics,College Life

While in college, it can be exhausting to try to stay on top of school work, exams, jobs, and a social life. Here are a few easy tips and tricks to follow to help you stay on top of it all:

  • Change up your study spot: Try a change of scenery while you study for that difficult exam coming up. Sometimes going to a coffee shop, or even just a different part of the library, can stimulate other areas of your brain and make the studying less boring and keep your mind from wondering.
  • Give yourself an incentive: Set a pre-determined amount of time that you will study for and then reward yourself at the end. This reward could be anything from a piece of chocolate to spending some time with your friends. This way, you will be able to focus on your assignment or studying and also enjoy your social life.
  • Lists: One thing that I use to stay on top of the many things that need to get done each week is a “to-do” list. I try to make a list every week, listing assignments, tests, my work schedule, meetings, and other miscellaneous things. This allows for a physical object to hold and look at, and it can be exciting to cross completed tasks off!
  • Choose your friends wisely: They say you become like the five people you spend the most time with; so choose choose carefully! Be sure you are surrounding yourself with people who encourage your well-being and understand your academic priorities.
  • Know your boundaries: It is important to get involved and join clubs and groups that are of interest to you, but it is also important to take care of your own needs above all else. Make sure you have a good balance of credit hours, work hours and activities, but also be sure you are getting enough rest and keeping your mind healthy. A good leader is one that knows his or her limits. A good thing to remember is: Put your whole heart into a few things instead of putting partial effort into many things.
  • Don’t sweat the small things: Remember that college is a time to have fun and it goes by fast. Keep in mind that in 20 years from now, you may not remember every vocabulary word from your midterm, but you will remember the friends you have and the memories you made.

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