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Ainsley Schuler February 19, 2018

Kenneth Hall, Devin Prendergast, and LeAnn Pena

Albert Einstein once said “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Einstein was right, college itself is like riding a bicycle it isn’t easy, and it can actually be the most challenging and stressful time you will face in life. You need to be able to find the balance between home life and school life. But you can’t give up, you need to keep moving. Make a goal and balance things out.

To balance school and home life you need to master these top three points. How to learn and study effectively while making some sort of a goal, practice time management, and learn how to avoid procrastinations while staying focused. The first step to finding balance is learning to study effectively and set some sort of a goal. When we say set a goal we mean something realistic. Dr. Randall S. Hansen an educator author and CEO of transformative website, States that “The goals you set should be a bit of [a] stretch, but not so much that you can’t achieve them.” This is very true, why set a goal you know you can’t meet? As for learning, how to study effectively we mean find the study method that works best for you when preparing for an exam. Once you find the method that works best you can adjust the rest of your schedule accordingly.

Another key way to living a balanced college life is proper time management. Erica Cirino, a contributing writer for Varsity Tutors, states that poor time management is the main source of stress for college students. Proper time management has got to be the most important thing in finding a healthy balance during college. When a student properly manages their free time and time in general, everything becomes a little easier and a lot less stressful.

The final way to balance college life is by staying focused on the finish line. Try to find something to remind you of why you are putting in all this hard work. As you meet your goal you will feel relieved and proud of your accomplishment. Kim Adams of PPLCONNECT suggest posting pictures of graduates, handwritten letters to yourself, or quotes on your desk to keep you remembering your goal. Focusing on your goals is a good thing to learn, it will help you finish college. You can’t get distracted and stress over the small and simple things because in the end they are not worth your time and effort.

Stress is truly a silent killer that negatively affects your health overtime. Balancing school and social life is very important in properly taking care of stress and having a healthy college experience. As a college student, setting goals and following through on those goals is a major key in feeling accomplished, relaxed, and mentally healthy.

Another key on the education side of college with the social side of college is to properly prioritize time according the goals that you’ve set. Correct prioritization of time will have a solid balance of study time as well as time a social aspect of time to relax from all of the work that accompanies getting an education. We urge students struggling to find a balance in college to seriously consider adhering to these concepts. Time management, goal setting, and not sweating the small things are solid concepts that will help any college student find a strong balance during college life.