Tips to balance your academic and social life – OurWarwick

Tips to balance your academic and social life

Annika Sirikulthada | Politics and International Studies (PAIS) Contact Annika

The struggle of balancing our academic and social lives is one that inevitably remains prevalent throughout our University journey; should I go to the library to study or meet up with society friends? – often we choose the latter option and whilst there is nothing wrong with enjoying our social life, we must make no habit of prioritizing one aspect of University life over the other. Thus, in light of this common struggle, I have decided to construct this blog to provide tips for balancing our academic and social life at University. While it is true that the fundamental purpose of University is to provide education, that in no way means that you should always focus on education as opposed to leisure and harmless fun – so, I hope the tips below will help you ensure that you can enjoy all the joys the University experience has to offer: 

  1. Create a Weekly Plan: This does not have to be a decorated and well-structured timetable, instead, it can be more like a simple list you have on your notes app to remind you of the deadlines and meetings you have for the week. Once you have that noted and are aware of them, you can then plan when you are free to go out or hang out with friends. This will enable you to physically see and note how much time you are dedicating to each aspect of your University life, so if upon glancing at your plan you see you have allocated more time to leisure than studying than you will also be able to make changes for the following weeks to come. 
  2. Include academia in your social life: This is a ‘killing two birds with one stone’ situation and can prove very beneficial for you – for example, if you join a society or talk that is directly or indirectly involved with your course, you will be able to learn more about what you are studying while still interacting with different groups of people and having fun expanding your social circle. It is highly common and also beneficial to join the society that is directly involved with your course (like the Politics society for Politics Students), here you will be able to form a community with like-minded people to you and will aid in the balancing of these two elements. 
  3. Commit yourself to a certain number of duties: As Warwick has a highly impressive number of societies and clubs you can join, it is natural to want to join as many and participate in as many activities as possible and while this is feasible at the start of your University journey, towards the more serious part it may prove highly distracting. So, to combat this, you can just commit yourself to a series of duties and societies – for example, if you wish to join 4 societies perhaps not then also apply for the executive committee of all 4 as that may increase the responsibilities you will have for the year and make it harder for you to balance all those alongside your academic responsibilities as well.

Albeit, it is also important to note that how you balance your academic and social life is highly subjective and that you may engage in specific methods that you find highly effective for you and that is absolutely fine, I have just tried to keep these tips as general as possible and as a result, they can be applied to more people. As always, if you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to get in touch and I will answer them all to the best of my abilities. Until then, please keep safe and well.

Annika Sirikulthada | Politics and International Studies (PAIS) Contact Annika

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