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About Me:18-year-old sixth form student, studying English Literature, History and Government and Politics. My articles will broadly cover topics from the current affairs of politics to reviews of books and albums, as well as adding my own creative pieces, whether it be short fiction or general opinion.
Work / Social Life Balance
By the time you’ve gone to university you would have had at least 13 years juggling around a work and social life balance. Of course, as you well know, there is no fixed formula for everyone to abide by. This diversity spills into university life, but it does not mean that you are necessarily prepared for it.
Those of you who worked like I did would like to create a distinction between your work environment and the place you relax in. For me, I chose to work and revise in my dining room, and thus avoided (in most probably a pseudo-psychological way) creating a stimulus of working in my room and left it as just a means of relaxation. But at uni I found this distinction sometimes nauseatingly blurred. I only had a room to live and work in; and as my degree involves reading 3 books a week, I could hardly spend that time in the library (the incessant sibilance of whispers is far more distracting than the occasional siren). The distractions are endlessly more prolific than they are at home. The temptation to miss a lecture and not read a dense, boring text is heightened by the fact that there is no consequence to suffer. Someone asking you to go for a drink with them as they’ve ‘just finished a mountain of work’, whilst you still wipe the sleep from your eyes at 5 in the afternoon is an allure still.
The best advice I can give is to be disciplined with it, both work and social life. If you’re feeling overworked and it’s starting to stress you out, give yourself time to relax and chat with your mates; most of the time a break from work can help refresh your mind. The same applies for socialising. The amount of freedom you are afforded is unlike any you would have experienced before. It’s brilliant, but you have to also realise that it’s also a freedom to which you can be a victim. At the end of the day you have gone to uni to further your education. The social life can be brilliant, but that so is getting the most out of your degree. Make sure you’re honest with yourself, allow time for both socialising and work, and that will be how you get the most out of your university life.
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