Balancing Schoolwork & Your Social Life in College

One of the hardest things to learn as a freshman in college is time management. It is a daunting task, especially when you are meeting new people and there are costume frat parties basically every day of the week. Oh, and don't forget thirsty Thursdays, and that formal that you got invited to. Add in that you are sleep deprived, in need of exercise, and having issues learning how to study for college level classes, and all of this leads to you probably feeling like a sleep deprived monster that has no idea how to function. The good news? It honestly isn't that hard to manage everything, especially if you're devoted to balancing everything out and making things work.

You've probably seen a version of this chart before–– you know, the one that basically says that you cannot have it all in college. You can have it all, though! No, I am not joking. Here are some tips on how to make time for everything. That's right, you can make good grades and have time for Netflix and friends. Rejoice!

Buy a planner.
Seriously, we are already more than halfway though the semester, so if you do not have a planner you need to pick one up ASAP. If you write everything down (assignment due dates, meetings, commitments you've made), it makes life 100% easier.

Keep your room clean.
It may sound like this has nothing to do with time management, but if you have a clean room, your life will feel much more in order. You will also be less distracted and less likely to crawl back in bed during the day if it's made.

Set aside a study day.
Mine is Sunday–– I will sleep in, get lunch, and then go to the library for a solid 5-6 hours to work on assignments and study for upcoming quizzes and tests. It is amazing how much you can accomplish in 5 hours if you really devote yourself to schoolwork. If you don't want to spend a day of your weekend studying, another great option is scheduling your classes so you have a day completely free. One of my friends has no classes on Thursday, and this gives her a good amount of time to work on stuff before the weekend.

Pick and choose which social events you're going to attend.
You do not have to go to everything. Do not go to everything. No one cares if you miss one party, and you can use that night to catch up on sleep and have some well deserved "you" time.


Get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.
The more well rested you are, the better you will function throughout the day. This means that you'll pay attention in class better, possibly resulting in better grades.

Get exercise.
Please do yourself a favor and get some exercise. Take a class offered in the gym on campus, or get outside and get some fresh air. Exercise is a major stress reliever, and you will sleep more soundly at night. It'll also help keep the freshman 15 away.

Treat yourself.
Every once in awhile, do something good for yourself. Get a mani/pedi, buy a new book from the bookstore, or see a movie. Your brain needs a break too.

Use your free time wisely.
If you have 45 minutes to yourself, use it wisely. Think about what you really need. If you are sleep deprived, take a quick nap. If you have a quiz later, use the time to study. If you're feeling disorganized, use this time to tidy up and plan out your week!

Ask for help.
If you are overwhelmed in a certain class, go to the teacher's office hours. Teachers love when you do this because it shows that you care about the class/your grade!


  1. This is such a great post! I definitely feel like I could manage my time a lot better...

    Kendal // Life With Kendal

  2. These are all fabulous tips!
    College caused me to become a pro at time management.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  3. All of these things are so important, thanks for sharing!

  4. This post is perfect - a lot of people think it's impossible to have fun unless you're doing absolutely everything, when the reality is that you should be doing what's important to you!
    xx, Mikkaela
    The Southwestern Prepster

  5. Cannot agree with you enough about using a planner! I am using a Filofax, and have made my own pages and printed them at home. Having a planner with important dates and reminders is so important, and having it customised to suit your specific needs is even better! Find something that works for you :D
    Great post, Isabella!

    A Millennial Student

  6. I love the photo of the graffiti you included in this post, SO TRUE!
    Sara |

  7. Great picks girl!
    It is so hard to figure out how to balance life and school, but these tips are wonderful!
    xo, Amanda
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