You expect college to be hard, but not this hard. All you’re doing is work. You can projects to work on and tests to study for. Club meetings and activities that you want to go to. Of course you still want to hang out with your friends. Then there’s that homework due for tomorrow and the reading you need to catch up on. When are you supposed to have a moment to yourself to breathe?
Getting stressed during college happens to everyone. Unfortunately, while everyone talks about having the time of your life during school, you’re still paying a lot of money to learn something. Getting an education can mean missing out on that party your friends will talk endlessly about for the rest of the semester. After late nights spent cramming information, it might feel like you’re never going to get on top of the work you’re going to have to do. What can help you? Time management.
Seriously. A year ago, I usually preferred to do homework at the end of the day after all of my classes and obligations were finished. Now I’m realizing that forcing yourself to do all of the work when you’re already exhausted means you’ll be even more miserable and your work will probably suffer. Instead, I’m waking up a little earlier and putting aside a certain amount of time for certain tasks that might be due the next day or a few days before. We all wait until the last minute with assignments . . . But what if for once you were the person finished with your paper when everyone else was still scrambling for a thesis? I’m still waiting to have that feeling but I’m working my way there. It’s great to have free time at the end of the day instead of using it all up in the morning. Plus, it wakes up my mind a little faster so I feel less exhausted and inclined to immediately fall back to sleep.
Don’t be afraid to ask your friends for help. They’re probably just as stressed as you are and simply venting to them a little will make you feel better! If you both have tests coming up, you can quiz each other on what you want to know. Not only will you know for certain whether or not you have that vocab memorized, you’ll get to spend more time with your friend! If you have a presentation coming up, ask someone to listen to you go through it a few times. After you know that you have that speech down pat, treat yourselves with some dessert or watch a movie together to relax. Rewarding yourself after a job well-done is also key. You don’t need to overwhelm yourself and if you notice a friend is slowly starting to fold under the pressure, invite them into your rewarding moments.
Remember that you’re here to make memories, not just grades. While it’s important to prioritize schoolwork, that doesn’t need to be your entire life. You can still be able to socialize and have tons of fun in your college years!