Everyone has had a time in their life when it feels like everything is slowly but surely crumbling down around them. Feel like you can’t keep up with school? Bank account looking a little empty? Missing out on making friends due to being busy all the time? Maybe it is time to take a break and re-organize your life! University shouldn't be so stressful that you feel like your world is crumbling down around you, it is just one great balancing act that you have yet to master. When you are done university you should be able to look back on some of the best years of your life! It is a place where you grow not only in the aspects of education but socially as well, but it is up to you to be successful in both.
to join a club or sports team that interests you.
Sadly almost everything in life cost money. As much as people say that happiness has nothing to do with money, it does. For those of us who aren’t lucky enough to have parents pay for our tuition, student loans and scholarships are generally our only means of paying those yearly fees. As hard as working and going to school simultaneously is, it sometimes is essential. Money from student loans and scholarships does run out eventually. Getting an easy job and working 3 days a week in the evenings for a couple hours goes a long way when you budget your money correctly. If you are working 12-15 hours a week at minimum wage that is an extra $600 a month in your pocket. The trick of working while in school is to find a job you enjoy with people you get along with, work won’t seem like work if you are happy to show up for you shift. Working is also a great way to take a break from studying and homework. Just always make sure you find a job that is flexible and understands that school comes before anything else.
The final issue for many students is being able to build friendships with other people when you only see them in class for three hours a week. Almost all people desire to be social and around other people. A lot of people say they just aren't able to make friends due to being busy 24/7. This is why studying with people from your class is a great idea. Not only can you bounce ideas off of each other, but you have more time with them to build those foundations of friendship. Another great way to make some new friends in the school is to join a club or sports team that interests you. Once those friendships are built, always remember to schedule free time for yourself and your friends in-between school and studying. Taking a break from studying is extremely beneficial to your brain as it gives it time to relax and absorb information. The worst thing you can do to yourself is shelter yourself while in university.
I hope that these tips will help you have a fun and productive year of university. Good luck with your balancing act Concordia!