School? Ain’t nobody got time for that

College is an exciting and transitional time in a persons life. Meeting new people and learning new things can be all overwhelming when you’re on your own and have never seriously managed your time before. Follow these tips to stay on top of your school work and maintain and healthy social life.

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1. Learn to say no

It can be tempting to say yes to anyone’s invitation to hang out or go to events when you’re making new friends. You have a new social circle and you don’t want to experience the fear of missing out, but allotting yourself time to study or get work done is crucial in succeeding in your classes. Take the time you give yourself to work on homework seriously.

2. Keep your health in mind

Burning the candle at both ends is no way to live through college. If you’re overwhelmed or struggling with your classes, talk to someone who can give you perspective and offer help in managing all that’s on your plate. If it comes down to it, you can always withdraw from a class you aren’t succeeding at for the sake of your mental and physical health.

3. Complete the most important tasks first

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When formulating a to-do list, make sure the most important tasks are the first things you accomplish. Prioritizing can help you not to overlook time-sensitive or necessary tasks. This way, you can have less to stress about as you’re going about your day.

4. Never underestimate the power of sleep

Getting a full nights rest is crucial in using your mind and body to it’s optimal capability. It’s better to get work done before the wee hours of the morning. Pulling a Red Bull-induced all-nighter won’t help you as much as a solid nights rest.

5. Don’t bite off more than you can chew

With all the options, clubs and job opportunities surrounding us, college kids often times find themselves taking on more than they can handle. Manage your extracurricular activities and make sure everything you’re doing with your time is what you want. Only do things that matter and eliminate the non-essential.