By Kimberly Garcia
Blog Content Contributor
Sometimes the hardest thing about going to college is being able to determine how much you can and cannot do. It always comes easy to choose to go and hang out with friends instead of catching up on readings for class. It could also be quite difficult to monitor other luxuries like restraining yourself from buying Whataburger for the third time in a week.
Fun times can include going home and hanging out with your family. When you leave home it may be a shock to be away for a long time. It can be difficult to resist taking a weekend “off” from school, especially when you have two weeks worth of assignments. Deciding not to see your family for while can be a hard choice even if you decided to move away from home. In order to have a successful semester, you have to know when to spend time on your homework or spend time on other responsibilities.
Another battle could be with friends who always want to hang out. You probably came to college to earn a degree and friends are kind of a bonus that comes with it, not the other way around. Yes, you should take the time to have fun and create memories with college friends, but you cannot forget about school. Having a good balance between work and play is what is needed in order to have a fulfilling college experience.
It is also vital to put this concept into use when it comes to impulse buys. If you are a poor college student, then you probably understand the struggle of really wanting something but your bank account saying otherwise. If you have five dollars left and only need three to buy an ice cream, save the five dollars. You never know when you’ll have an emergency in which you may need a few dollars. It may not seem like much but it never hurts to be cautious.
Knowing when the fun should take the back seat for life is the difference between success and error. If you have too much fun then, other tasks like work and school can definitely suffer. It can be the same for you if you only concentrate on school or work. You could burn out and end up suffering the consequences as a result. The balance between the two is what could set you up for a long record of a leveled life.
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