In layman’s terms, student life balance means putting enough effort into your academic work, while also taking time to enjoy the social, sporting, and cultural aspects of being a student.
Life is a balancing act, and students need to become master acrobats to navigate their chaotic lives. Between lectures, studying, working, apartment chores, and still maintaining a social life, you can easily be thrown off balance.
It’s easy to write off student work-life balance as a luxury but having this balance in your life will not only make you happier, healthier, and more productive; it will also allow you to be more accomplished in the long run.
There are three main parts of a student work-life lifestyle which consumes most of a student’s time: study, work, and personal life. Studying and work take up an ample amount of time which leaves less time for the fun, personal elements of life.
The real question is: How do you balance your student life?
We have compiled a few tips below that can aid you in creating a student life that is filled with insane memories, as that’s what student life is really all about.
Plan a schedule
We have all been advised time and time again not to leave assignments until the last minute, but rather staying on top of work (regularly), to avoid that overwhelming feeling of “not having enough time” to get things done. We know how hard this can be when there are so many distractions taking place daily. When you have multiple assessments due at the same time, it can be challenging to delegate enough time for each project. Consider how much time you will need to spend on each assessment and determine what you can start early, and which tasks can be left to a later date. Remember to make a note of your friends Birthday’s and special occasions that you’d like to attend, to ensure that these are panned out in your diary.
A familiar task that we have all done before, so why stop now? Goals don’t need to be so big that they become out of reach. A simple SMART goal, such as being more punctual to attend lectures, aiming to improve marks by a specific percentage, getting involved in campus activities or simply finishing assignments by a certain date. These small goals will set you up for success, as they’re in essence encouraging you to be more accountable and to plan. You may have heard – The key to success is in the path you take to get there. Each step of the way needs to be celebrated.
Make (quality) friends
This can be terribly daunting, especially if you are in a space that you are completely unfamiliar with. Going to lectures and The Campus’s common areas is a lot more enjoyable if you know there will be some familiar faces to chat to — so don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation and introduce yourself. Take a stroll up to our Rooftop Sundeck & Pool Area or challenge a fellow student in our Games Room. These areas are sure to bring out that socialite in you!
Know your limits
This is an important point to always keep in mind. If you’re struggling to stay on top of your studies, you may need to consider cutting back on work commitments or saying no to the occasional social outing. Likewise, it’s also important to identify when you need to take a break. If you find you’ve hit a wall with your work, allow yourself some time to clear your head. Take a day or afternoon off, and grab something to eat at one of our delicious Food Kiosks. Just refreshing yourself can do wonders for your productivity.
Look after yourself
And finally, the most important point in this blog is making time for yourself, your main priority. Student life can get rather busy, and you can easily lose track of your well-being. Ensure you’re getting enough sleep every night and try to find time for exercise throughout the week. Why not pop into our gym for a good sweat session or relax and watch a movie in our Cinema and Auditorium. The options we have to offer our student residents are endless!
At The Campus, your student work-life is bound to be balanced. Get in touch with us today and let’s give your student life the best experience that it deserves!