Balancing It All!

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“Balance is not something you find; it is something you create.” – Jana Kingsford

Students at FIU have lots of responsibilities to take on. This is one of the best schools in the nation and for the most part, no student wants to waste their time or money. Passing one class may be easy but on average, students take about four classes per semester. There is a lot of pressure that comes along with doing well in school.

Sometimes students must also attend to other responsibilities such as receiving an income and keeping a social life. Here are just some things students may have to balance while they attend school:

  • School:
    • Receiving a good grade point average, attending all classes on time, taking effective notes, being in good terms with your professor, joining campus clubs and activities, making friends, enjoying the campus, etc.
  • Work:
    • Excelling at job tasks, dealing with coworkers, impressing boss, working long hours and not going crazy, arriving on time, getting paid, not settling for a low wage, etc.
  • Social Life:
    • Friendships, relationship, family time, gym and health, travelling, hobbies, going out and having fun, relaxing on days off, and much more.

 

Good luck on your newhawaiian journey!

Tips and Tricks:

  • Prioritize and do not take on too much if you will not be able to handle it. Examine what it is you want to be doing in life. If you’re main goal is to focus on school then perhaps you should prioritize school work rather than your job. Figure out what is most important to you and figure out what you need to be doing. Focus is very important, otherwise you may become overwhelmed and not excel at any of the activities you take part in.

 

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  • Organize!
    • Start off by organizing your school materials, tasks, and school/work schedule.
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  • Try not to burn yourself out! When trying to reach large goals you may become overwhelmed by the amount of work and eventually burn out. Try reaching for smaller goals first and you will feel more motivated once you start to see all the smaller goals you have accomplished.
  • Leave multitasking behind! Tons of people truly believe they can multitask but it is proven that multitasking actually kills your focus, thus slowing you down. Your brain uses energy every time it readjusts its focus. Therefore, it is a lot more effective to work on one task at a time. It is more likely that you will get more work done, in a shorter period of time.
  • Get it done! Everyone knows that procrastinating is usually a bad thing but no one listens. If you want to balance school life and your social life maybe you should take this tip into consideration. As soon as you have some type of assignment to do, just do it! Students spend time overthinking or simply leaving behind assignments, rather than just doing the assignment as soon as possible. It is incredibly satisfactory to be able to know you have your work done on time and you will save yourself a lot of stress and anxiety. Lastly, you will also have time to edit your work before your deadline.
  • Put your learning style to use! There are four types of learners: visual learners, auditory learners, reading/writing learners, and kinesthetic learners. If you feel as if you are not obtaining the information taught in class, then take action and change the way you are learning the subject.
  • Use your sources wisely! There are so many sources out for you to take advantage of.
    • Internet
    • Books
    • School sources: Library, computer yard, counselors, etc.
    • Join a study group or make your own!
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