Social Life, Grades or Sleep?


I found this on and I thought it was appropriate for this time in the semester.  It can be really hard to balance your social life with studying and still find time to sleep at college.  Sometimes it is hard to know which one to make a priority.  At this time in the semester hopefully most of you are making the choice to study and get your grades on track before finals.  However, after Thanksgiving Break a lot of students feel the urge to party with their friends before the longer Christmas Break.  Some of you may be so tired of studying you can’t stand it anymore and the cold weather also makes students go a little stir crazy as well.

Don’t give up!  You can still have your social life, get sleep and still get good grades.  You just can’t have all three in equal measure.  You don’t have to sacrifice your whole social life, just remember to not go too crazy in the last couple weeks of the semester.  Make a plan to get back to your dorm or apartment to go to sleep by 2am instead of 4 or 5am.  That way you can get some sleep and have enough energy to study or go to class the next day.  You may have to leave the party early, but that doesn’t mean you have to skip it all together.

Also, remember that if you study for four hours and go to sleep for at least 4 or 5 hours, you will do better on your tests and exams then if you stayed up for 8 hours studying and didn’t get any sleep.  Studies have proven that students who pull all night study sessions have lower GPA’s than students who get some sleep the night before their exams.

Set good boundaries with your time and with your friends so you can get the most out of your college experience.  Christmas Break can feel like a long time, but your friends will still be here when you get back.  Don’t feel like you have to be with them 24/7 because you are going miss them while you’re at home over the long holiday.   Remember that you want to do well enough in school that you are able to come back!  Otherwise, you won’t be back for spring semester or your sophomore year.  Having to drop out of school can definitely put a cramp into your social life!

Trust me, I know what I’m saying isn’t easy to do.  By this time in the semester it can feel like you’ve done nothing but study.  Or maybe you’ve been blowing school off and realize the next few weeks are going to be murder.  It can be very hard to keep your focus on school either way.  Everyone is tired of their classes and just want to be done for the semester.  It is natural to want to blow off steam with your friends.  However, this is the time in the semester where your social life may need to suffer a little bit.  You can have it all, but maybe have it in smaller pieces so you can fit everything in!!  When you’re done with finals, then you  can take more time for your social life while school takes a back seat for a few weeks.

You can do it, just keep your focus.  You will get through the semester.   Be smart, and remember balance is the key to success.  Good luck with the rest of your semester!!

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