It is super easy to get caught up in partying, drinking and staying up late when you get to college. Especially when you are just entering your first year. There is no one telling you where you can and cannot go anymore, so the freedom is easy to abuse.
Of course it is fine to have fun, but for the most part, college is about learning and getting a degree. It is essential to have a good time while we are in college, but prioritizing is so important.
Getting involved in academic organizations is probably the best way to keep up your GPA, as well as keeping you focused on your studies. Being in social organizations that require students to maintain a certain GPA in order to stay in is also a good choice. You want to make sure you are surrounding yourself with people who are going to influence you to do better, and be a better version of yourself -— not people who are going to encourage you to push off your responsibilities.
It might not seem like a huge deal with an exam on Friday to go out on Thursday night “just for a little bit” — but it is never “just a little bit.” An hour turns to two and two turns to three, and before you know it you are sitting in your classroom Friday morning staring blankly at a sheet of paper.
Have fun, but have fun in a responsible way. Studies should always come first, and if you are good at time management, there will always be time for fun.
Get caught up
Getting the full “college experience” normally includes going to parties. I mean, your time here at SU wouldn’t be complete without taking a few trips to Richard Avenue and frat row.
However, there is a fine line between having fun and going overboard. Many students, especially in their first years, go out way too much and end up suffering major consequences. Partying too much can lead to legal and school trouble and also takes your focus off many other things.
Getting your school work done prior to the weekend and making set times to study will help you balance school life while still having time to have fun when the week is over. Knowing your limits and how to handle your time is key when it comes to being able to balance everything.
Have fun, but also be cautious of your surroundings and what is happening at all times. If you end up joining a club or are involved in any type of organization on campus, it could harm the way people think about you if they constantly see you making a fool of yourself on the weekend. People are always watching you wherever you are and judging how you act. So when you’re out, be careful how you portray yourself.
You don’t want to known as THAT person who is known to never be able to handle themselves.
College would not be the same without going to some parties, but just be careful not to over do it.
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