It’s the number one question that separates the super-achievers in college from the party animals: Are you here to earn good grades and learn valuable lifelong skills, or are you here for the active social scene?
If you fall somewhere between the two spectrums, you’re not alone. Most college students want to do well academically – but they also want to have fun!
Think you can’t have both? You can.
| Choose your friends wisely
The people you hang out with are going to influence your study habits. During the getting-to-know-you stage, try to find students who share goals that are similar to yours. This way, you won’t be swayed to skip a study session for an all-night bash. Also, when you’re friends with your study partners, schoolwork can become a social activity!
| Eat well, sleep well and exercise
| Set aside time for social activities
All work and no play makes Jack the dullest student ever. Be serious about your schoolwork, but don’t forget to have fun, too. It’s OK to drop your workload for a spontaneous event or outing. Just make sure it doesn’t happen frequently.
| Shut off your phone when studying
You don’t need to be a social media junkie to know that smartphones are addictive. Even if you stuff your phone into a drawer while studying, the slightest beep or vibration will be enough to have you digging it out and checking for missed alerts or updates. To avoid the temptation, shut down your phone completely or leave it in another room (on silent mode) when you’re tackling your schoolwork
| Join a club
The best way to find like-minded peers while in college is to join a club. You can find potential friends who think like you and know how to have a great time without draining an entire keg every night. You’ll get the balance you need for social interaction without letting it take over your college life.
Tell Us: How do you balance the college social scene without neglecting your schoolwork? Share your best tips with us in the comments!