Find a balance

If you’re just entering college, congratulations, you’ve embarked on an exciting new chapter in your life. If you’re a transfer student or in need of any change of routine you’ve come to the right place. Let’s face it, college can be stressful at times. Well… very stressful – especially if you’re trying to balance academics, social life, and a job. No need to stress out anymore. I’m a transfer junior here at Loras, from the Chicago area. Below are five tips to help you keep your balance in college.

Tip #1 Utilize A Calendar/Planner

This will help you keep all aspects of your life in balance. I recommend using your phone calendar, or investing in a planner. This will help you be more organized so none of your events overlap. When you receive your syllabus from your professor, I recommend putting all your paper due dates and test days in your calendar. That will give you a heads up about what to expect. Nothing is more beneficial than your syllabus. You’ll be able to get a head start on assignments since everything is laid out for the semester.

Tip #2 Ask For Help 

Never be scared to ask for help. During my freshman year of college, I had to take a statistics class. It was rough – I’m not a math person. I went to a tutor who helped me raise my test scores. It was the best decision I ever made, and it made a difference in my final grade. If you’re confused about any assignment, I recommend you contact your professor, visit a tutoring center, or find a classmate to be your study buddy. Never let your success be sacrificed because of pride or fear. The resources are available to help you succeed.

Tip #3 Set Goals

I recommend setting both long-term and short-term goals. Before going to sleep, I write down my goals for the following day in my notes. Some of them are simple, like remember to make my bed, or a long-term goal of getting straight A’s. Setting goals helps you be more organized, and helps you keep your eye on the prize. Once you achieve a goal, you feel happy checking it off your list.

Tip #4 Keep Your Effective Study Habits

If you have a study habit that works well for you, I recommend you keep it. For example, I create flashcards when studying for a test. If you have some strategic studying technique that helps you, keep it. If you’re still in search of your study habits, don’t worry, you’ll find them. Some options are creating flashcards that are handwritten or use Quizlet.

Tip #5 Avoid Procrastination 

Don’t do it! We all procrastinate at some point. In some cases you’re able to wing it, in others, not so much. If your professor gives you an assignment a month in advance, I recommend spacing out the parts of the assignment and working on it little by little. This not only helps you ease the stress of that big assignment, but you’re able to complete it more efficiently. In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “Never put off for tomorrow, what you can do today.”

I hope these tips come in handy for you all! To the incoming freshmen, congratulations on embarking a new chapter of your life, you’ll do great! For continuing college students, stay focused because you’ve got this! I’ll be cheering you on. Until next time, Chao!

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Asia Singleton is a senior at Loras from Chicago, IL. She currently works as a reporter and producer for LCTV News. Asia is majoring in Media Studies.

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