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Both your social life and education should be a priority, but there has to be a delicate balance between the two. When I say balance I do not mean 50/50. Moreover, you should make sure that you are meeting both needs. A fulfilling social life is going to give you valuable experiences that will serve you in the future and help you "grow". I believe the best way to divide your time is to find social events that offer you experience, an outlet, a reflect the person you want to grow into. This can simply be having dinner with friends or volunteering your time for a cause you believe in. Once you can do this the balance will because you will feel no inner turmoil for "sacrificing" one for the other.
Both are very important for a healthy life. But it is a constant battle to divide the two. Try to get school work done early throughout the day, and be social at night. Also something that help me was making friends with people in my classes and making study groups. That way you're getting a social life and studying at the same time!!
I make it a rule to make time for fun at least one day a week. You owe it to yourself. Now I'm not saying go out and get sloshed (drunk) or anything. Maybe dinner with some friends or meet a girl friend out for one drink and some laughs.
In high school and college I've focused much on school work, but soon I gained friends. So, I did all my homework on the weekdays,hung with friends on Saturday,and did a mixture of homework and socializing on Sundays. Although they say school work comes first you must remember that having friends and acquaintances is necessary as well.
One additional thought is knowing yourself and when you more apt to be able to concentrate for studying/school work.
I found that I did my best work in the morning. I would get up early and knock it out. I was then able to fit in social time between my class and work schedule.
I think this important to finding the balance because if you choose a time for school work that is unproductive for your personally, you would be better off using that time for socializing and networking!
Your social life will always be part of the piece of pie that makes up your life. You will need to to incorporate fun and socializing not only now while you are in school, but throughout your life. Don't forget there are other aspects as well (health, financial, family, spiritual, learning). Life seems to be a continual re-balancing act with some areas requiring more focus than others at times.
Nicole Olivia Jackson
Have a schedule! It will help you balance your work and play. I cannot stress this enough. It is important to remember you are in school to learn which is priority 1 however, make sure you enjoy your experience at the same time.
Personally school work is my first priority. 4 years of school will take care of you for the rest of your life. Peer pressure is tough but that should motivate you to finish school work early so you have time for social life.