Finding the Middle Ground Between Over-Studying and Excess Partying

A popular view of the life of a college student is that they’re forced to choose between getting good grades, having a social life, and getting an adequate amount of sleep. They can have two out of the three but never all three at the same time. It’s true that undergraduate coursework, extracurricular activities, and social events take up an incredible amount of time. There are so many responsibilities to take care of, opportunities to take advantage of, and places to explore.

Because everything previously mentioned is very time-intensive, many students find themselves thrown off-balance. If grades are their top priority, they shut themselves in the library and office hours and never take the time to have fun. If they are mostly concerned about the social aspect of college, they may neglect their studies, choosing instead to party and attend events. However, this extreme behavior is very detrimental and have negative consequences for the student. Staying balanced in college is absolutely necessary.

You might be tempted to study study study, but that doesn’t work. When you find yourself spending countless hours staring at textbooks, it takes the joy out of learning. The process becomes monotonous, tedious, and a huge burden. It’s mentally taxing to always be in the process of retaining information. It takes a physical toll as well — you can get carpel tunnel from excessive typing, damage your eyes from reading or looking at computer screens for to long, and lose circulation from sitting for too long. The physical and mental exhaustion of over-studying will cause you to burn out. In the long run, this will cause your grades to worsen.

The dangers of excess partying are well documented. Making your social life a priority will cause you to fall behind in your classes, eventually leading to bad grades and a less-than-competitive GPA. As a freshman, you might feel pressure to go out all the time. I remember feeling like I would be missing out on my college experience if I didn’t attend every event that I came across. You eventually realize that there will always be another weekend and another party. It’s not worth jeopardizing your education for.

The best approach to life in college is finding the middle ground. For example, I dedicate my week to my coursework and extracurricular activities. This means attending class and club meetings and keeping up with my assignments. On Fridays and Saturdays, I like to go out with my friends and shake off my stressful week by having a good time. On Sundays, I prepare for the week ahead by planning out my upcoming schedule and taking care of lingering tasks.

You don’t have to follow my approach to the letter, but it’s important to find that balance between having fun and being serious. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to have it all. You just need to prioritize, work efficiently, and plan ahead. College is a wonderful experience, and the only way you limit yourself is by making poor decisions.

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Pamela Nonga

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Pamela Nonga is a second year at the University of California Davis double majoring in Political Science and Communications. When she’s not theorizing about the greater meaning behind her day-to-day experiences on her blog, you can find her on a run, enjoying a blend of the outdoors and her favorite tunes. Pamela loves to read, write, and travel, and hopes to work in the fields of Journalism and Media as a career.
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