Written by Sherpa Jackie G.
In high school, you typically are in class from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Even if you have a study hall period, you are required to stay in a certain area of campus or be back within an hour or so. College does away with this standard schedule all together. Classes are held sometimes as late at 7 p.m., or you may have an 8 a.m. class and not another until 4 p.m. What you do during that time is not dictated by anyone but yourself. How you choose to spend that time can have a great influence on your grades, social life, and overall health. Do you spend that time at the gym? Getting ahead on assignments? Fooling around on YouTube for hours?
I remember my first day of college classes, or I should really say class. Monday rolled around and I had one lecture from 1 to 1:50 p.m. and the rest of the day to spend however I wanted. While many students at UC Santa Barbara succumb to hours on the beach playing Frisbee, tanning, or surfing, I tried to incorporate a balance of work and play. I may spend the morning working on assignments and getting ahead, and then enjoy the rest of the day with friends and going to other clubs and social events. Finding the happy medium between working and enjoying oneself is crucial in college.
By choosing to use that time to be productive and go to the library, exercise, or schedule in “you time,” you will gladly thank yourself later when you can hang out with friends stress free. Your grades will thank you too!