Whilst going to University is an exciting adventure, the task of meeting deadlines and being on track with work doesn’t come easy. University is so different to school in terms of independence and assignments, and for me personally, meeting those deadlines is important as I want to do well at University. My preferred place of studying is anywhere where there’s not too much noise, but I also try to change locations from time to time in order to keep myself motivated!
As someone who tries to plan the whole day before it’s even begun, using a planner helps massively. In order to manage lectures, seminars, assignments, work and a social life I find it helpful to write down what I’m doing and when I’m doing it beforehand. Choosing Economics as a degree means that only I am to blame for the work load I’m given - so there’s no complaining from me! I like to have goals to work for, but I also like to enjoy my time whilst I reach them.
Getting the balance of meeting deadlines and having fun requires knowing your priorities. My way of making sure I’m not behind is by getting the work done as soon as possible and then having fun later. Unwinding from a day of lectures and work can mean meeting up with friends, including some new and some old. Going for a meal or a walk and having a laugh allows me to loosen up and not think about all the deadlines. I’m grateful to have people who allow me to feel like that around me!
Another way in which I make sure I’m aware of my surroundings and unwind from the university pressures is by hanging out with my family. Fortunately for me, I still get to see them every day and so getting ahead of myself and doing too much work is never an option! Likewise, missing a deadline and having too much free time is not something that I reckon I’ll experience anytime soon!
Overall, I’d say that as long as you’ve got your priorities sorted and doing well at university is important to you, then you should have no problem with keeping up with the work you’re given. Just remember to take time to relax and enjoy the moment with those around you - life doesn’t have to be serious all the time!