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Managing a Social Life and Studying

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Picture the scene. Last night was a messy one, the evidence of which remains in your living room in the shape of empty beer cans, bowls of vodka and whisky mixed in with blue WKD, and beer pong balls all over the floor (and, most likely, in your bathroom). You stumbled in around 5 in the morning, spending the night cuddling a half-eaten kebab that seemed like a brilliant idea just a few hours earlier. Your head feels like it is being slowly forced open by a rusty, blunt knife and, in all honesty, you just want to remain in bed and feel sorry for yourself for a day. Then, your alarm screeches through your ears and you realise; you have a registered lecture, starting in half an hour.

Hung over classes are as much a part of University as looming deadlines and all-nighters. What seemed like an inspired plan the night before might, however, loose its grandeur when you are sitting in a lecture, struggling to keep your eyes open. There is no doubt about it; you cannot make a habit of this. For one thing it’s not very healthy. For another, eventually you will have to start doing some work.

Finding a balance between your social life and your study time can be difficult. Obviously, one is more appealing than the other, unless of course you are some sort of mini genius. Alas, it needs to happen, so once again I’m here with a few tips that worked for me. I won’t lie to you and say I was the perfect student; looking back, I probably spent far too much time in my local favourite club during the three years. But hey, I still managed to graduate, as well as having a very good time.

  1. Discipline yourself. Find a time to do the work and use said time to do it, without getting distracted. Decide on times to work and times to do whatever else it is you do. As tempting as it is to spend your full day watching old episodes of Family Guy on youtube, you might just end up with quite a backlog of work.
  2. Try to not get into a habit of going out when you know you have a full day of classes the next day. Easier said, I know, especially if, as in my case, the best nights out actually occurred mid-week. Unless you are some sort of superhuman, you might struggle to pay attention if you’ve had two hours of sleep. Lectures can be hard to listen to as it is!
  3. Try not to leave things until the last minute. There is nothing worse than having to shut yourself in your room when everyone else is heading out because you have three essays in for the following day. For one thing, it’s a very stressful way of doing things. For another, it alone can give you an awful headache, only without the fun that comes with it.

Obviously, it is easier said than done. University is as much about having a good time as it is the work. Just make sure that, come the end of your time there, you have both the memories and the grades. Trust me, if you miss out on either, you will regret it down the line.

About the Author

Ben McCarthy Ben McCarthy

Hello there! I’m Ben, a 21 year old Graduate looking to pursue a career in writing. Up until June last year, I was a student at Lancaster University, undertaking the gruelling task of a law degree. And I’m here to tell you: it’s hard work! Currently in a (hopefully!) small period of unemployment and looking for work where I can find it, I spend most of my time writing any old thing I can think of, whether it is reviews or reminisces about my University life. It was quite a three years of experiences; if you can name it, I probably did it! I hope to one day take my writing further, as well as a potential career in marketing and promotion. For now, I’m just happy writing for whoever wants to read!

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