Campus Life and College Writing
You’ve probably heard it before, but it can’t hurt to hear it again. College, as you may well know, is not like any other type of schooling. For the first time, your personal life collides head-on with your academic one. College is, in fact, a balancing act and either campus life or writing assignments struggle to weigh heavy on your shoulders. There are a few simple ways in which students at the college level can guarantee effective balancing of their social and educational responsibilities. Understanding these techniques will provide you with a much more successful college career.
To balance campus life and college writing effectively, you need to employ some effective organizational techniques. In essence, you need to be able to manage your time well. Spending time with college friends, participating in campus activities and attending other events is just as crucial as finishing your academic papers on time. Scheduling can be the easiest and most effective way to achieve this balance. First, determine your class schedule: when are you in class, and for how long? Also determine when other responsibilities are taking up time. Do you play a sport, and have to attend practice? How often does that happen? Block off the times in which you already know you’re unavailable – this can include club meeting, lectures or any other required activity. Once finished, you now have a better view of your additional free time.
It’s important, now, that you schedule time to study and work on projects. For long-term projects, have a few times set aside during the week to work on these projects. For more pressing assignments, try to set aside larger chunks of time, interspaced with breaks and allowances for other activities (contrary to popular belief, sitting in the same sport for four hours is less productive than working for an hour, breaking for an hour, and then working again). The key is to put your priorities first, and your less important needs second. Always schedule time to study and finish homework before you schedule time to be with friends. At the same time, never forget to schedule social time! You need social release to recover mental and emotional strength – strength required to tackle complex college writing assignments.
As long as you maintain a good balance between campus life and writing assignments, you should have no complaints about college. Determine your priorities and schedule ahead of time, so that you can ensure enough time for both necessary and pleasurable activities. This is an excellent skill not only in college, but in the remainder of your life as well.