Involvement and Academics: How to Balance Them Out

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by Danielle Clark

Being involved on campus and maintaining a good academic record can be a bit of a challenge. The following tips are ways you can try to balance out your busy life being involved in various activities and being an academically successful student.

1. Have a good support group of people you can trust. They can be friends, family, or relatives. A counselor can even provide emotional support. You can find counselors at The Wellness Center. Your support group should understand your schedule and know that you are a busy person. They can be a source of advice or they can be a person to vent to. Make sure both you and your support group are reliable people. When things get hectic, it’s important to have each other to make things better.

2. Make a detailed schedule and to do list. Update them both regularly. Sometimes making more than one copy of a schedule (one portable and one stationary) helps keep you reminded of what you need to do for your classes and involvement activities.

3. Schedule time to study, whether it’s on your own, with a friend, or with a professor. Sometimes having so many extracurricular activities in your life can cause academics to decline. Setting aside a few hours to study and complete homework is essential if you want to attain academic success.

4. Also, schedule some time for yourself. Whether its just one day a week or a half hour each day, taking time to relax and not worry about all the tasks at hand can help relieve stress.

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5. If you do find your academics going off balance because you are busy outside of class, talk to your professor and see if you can get extra help. Seeking out a tutor is also another option. The Academic Achievement Center has tutors who can help you. Don’t let your grades slide. Academics should be a high priority.

6. Socialize and form study groups with people you associate with in your student involvement activities. The more people you get to know, the more friends you may have.

7. Think of a positive goal/event within your involvements or interests that is drawing near. This can potentially raise your spirits when the stress of an assignment is weighing you down.

8. Surround yourself with things you like, so you are happy when you are busy. This can improve your mood so that when you are interacting with people in class or in your activities, you can do so effectively.

9. Reward yourself when you can. You’ve been busy and working hard. Whether it is an extra snack or a new item of clothing, you deserve to treat yourself once in a while.

10. Just have fun and take everything one day at a time! Challenges can be easier to tackle if they are taken in strides.

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