It’s October. You’re finally settling into your new college surroundings. You are comfortable in your new home, content with your new roommates and alright with being away from home. But just when you start to ease into the school year, you suddenly find yourself hit by a wild storm of heavy-duty midterms.
In college, midterms are no joke. They’re not usually something to simply write off, and a low score can spell the end of your hope for an A in the class. With so much riding on a single test, it’s tempting to shut yourself off from the light of day and become a dormitory vampire and rely only on ramen noodles and coffee for sustenance.
And though this extreme might feel like the right way to go when your future depends on next week’s chemistry midterm, it is important to remember that it IS possible to be successful without cutting yourself off from campus life.
Finding a good balance between your academic life and your social life is important for many reasons. Not only will polarized habits isolate you from your college peer group, but they’ll also make for unhealthy tendencies in the work world and take a toll on your happiness.
Balance is vital for your mental health. By shutting yourself in to spend all your waking hours in front of a textbook, you will inevitably make significant sacrifices to your social life. By allotting time for both friends and coursework, you can keep up your grades as well as your mood, even in the midst of midterms.
As you grow up, you’ll find this delicate balance to be important in your work life as well. Connecting with people is part of achieving success, and by focusing 100 percent of your energy on working solo, you’ll cut into your time for networking, socializing and honing those valuable communication skills.
And obviously, hiding away from your friends can take a toll on your social life. And really, what is college without good friends?
But staying social during midterms doesn’t mean that you should go out partying the night before the test. Naturally, as we all know, some amount of sacrifice is necessary.
Of course, this ‘sacrifice’ and a ‘good balance’ entail something different for every person. Figure out what proportion of studying vs. socializing works best for you and plan your test season accordingly. Stay away from extremes on either end of the spectrum, and you’ll be able to maintain a successful college career both academically and socially.