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Happy Wednesday, marblelous babes!
As a recent grad, one of the questions I get asked time and time again is how I managed my hectic school workload and graduated with honors, especially when I was juggling being a full-time student, part-time employee, and of course, a full-time blogger. As twenty something millennial women, we’re constantly juggling many titles in our lives all at once – student, employee, intern, the list goes on. We all want to empower ourselves with a #GIRLBOSS lifestyle, but at the same time, we don’t want to be deprived of the simple pleasures and joys in life.
With the start of the new year, I know many of you will be gearing up and preparing yourselves for the spring semester, so I thought this would be perfect timing for me to share my tips, tricks, and hacks for balancing a healthy social lifestyle.
1. Make A Planner or Calendar Your New Best Friend
Throughout my four years in college, my online calendar was literally my best friend. When you receive your syllabus for your classes during the first week of the semester, the first thing I recommend is to open up your planner or calendar and fill out every important due date for assignments, quizzes, midterms, final exams, you name it. As the semester progresses, pull up your planner or calendar to make necessary changes or fill new important dates in. The first thing I do every morning is review all the upcoming events I have for the rest of the week and it’s been a LIFESAVER, not only for me as a student but as a full-time blogger as well. It’s SO important that you’re mentally and physically prepared for everything, and a planner or calendar helps eliminate the element of surprise or the dreaded “I didn’t know our first midterm is tomorrow?!?”
2. Prioritize, Prioritize, Prioritize
I can’t stress this enough. Everyday, I set goals and make to-do lists for what needs to get done. It’s the most efficient way for me to stay organized and ensure my priorities are in check. After setting goals and making a list, I rank each item in order of importance and try to get at least 75% of them done. Trust me, there is nothing more satisfying than checking items off your list.
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4. Block Time Off For Yourself
This is CRUCIAL for your sanity, especially if you’re juggling many things in your life. When I come home from classes or work, I ALWAYS kick back, relax, and unwind on my bed for an hour and catch up on one of my favorite TV shows. It honestly helps take away and set aside all of that school or work stress to ensure I’m not bringing all of that stress back home with me. After relaxing for an hour, I get down to business and work on my to-do list for the day.
During weekends, I make sure to invest in my relationship and spend time with Vic. If I have an important assignment, test, or blog post in the upcoming week, then I’ll also take a couple of hours during the weekend to work on those priorities. I also use weekends to attend blog events, hang out with my friends, and have some “me” time.
5. Have Fun and Make New Friends
Lastly, have fun! I mean, it’s college and these kind of experiences only happen once in a lifetime. Don’t get too caught up that you forget to relax, have some fun, and enjoy life. We all sometimes need a mental day off and I seriously can’t stress the importance of prioritizing your mental health. Take some time out of your busy schedules to actually say hi to the person sitting next to you in class, start a conversation, and hopefully build a long-lasting friendship with them.
And there you have it! I hope that you’re able to take some of my college survival guide tips and apply it to the upcoming spring semester.
My hope is that you not only survive this upcoming semester, but also THRIVE in college. If you’re struggling with keeping up, need more college tips, or just need someone to talk to, I’m just an email or DM away! Trust me, I’ve been there and I know exactly what you’re going through, so don’t be afraid to reach out! 💋