Take time to make time for you


The semester is in full swing. You’ve figured out where all your classes are located and you’ve finally managed to be on time to each one. That’s great! But now the hard part begins.

When you start college, no one tells you just how much you end up doing. There are classes, homework and a job to pay for the classes. Somewhere in there you have to find time to sleep, eat and socialize.

Midway through the semester, some people crack under the pressure. I want to help you not be one of them.

The first thing you have to do is set aside time to just relax and not worry about anything. It could be the weekend, an hour before bedtime – whenever, really. Just make sure you do it. Relaxation is key.

Next, designate times to get all your studying done. My normal nightly schedule is writing class, Aztec Press, Tumblr, Human Sexuality, Tumblr and Medieval History. I try to start as soon as I get home from class, usually taking only a small break for food.

You want to make sure to get enough sleep. Try to be in bed at least six hours before you have to get up in the morning.

For example, my first class on Monday is at 8:40 a.m. I have to leave my house at 8 a.m. to get to class on time. That means I have to get up at 7 a.m. to ensure that I have enough time to get ready. Therefore, I try to be in bed by midnight.

Not always logical, but it sometimes works.

Most importantly, don’t neglect your health. Take care of your body. When you start feeling ill, that’s the universe telling you to slow down just a bit.

Don’t neglect your mental health, either. Spend some time with your friends and get away from the books for a while. If you start feeling like there’s something wrong, call a doctor.

Otherwise, you’ll end up like me: sick, miserable and doing your homework while wrapped in a quilt, even though it’s 90 degrees outside.

At the time of this writing, George, 22, would have greatly appreciated some honey-lemon tea and a bowl of chicken soup.

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