Students should be encouraged to make the most of their college experience. This certainly includes their social lives. It’s almost impossible to conjure up an image of college without including the social components. Students should be able to participate in the extracurricular activities they want to, and they should also be able to enjoy a robust social life. Just as in the real world, there is always a balance between friends, events, and work that needs to be done.
Succeeding in school doesn’t mean giving up your social life. In order to simultaneously maintain success in school and lead a fulfilling social life, students have to put extra work into planning and time management. If a student has a big paper due on Monday, but also wants to go to the football game on Saturday, they should be able to do both. Similarly, if a student has multiple midterm exams coming up in the next week, but their friends are getting together for a movie marathon on Sunday, they should be able to make time for both studying and a day of movie-watching. However, foresight and planning will be necessary to make sure their weekend plans do not impact their school success and vice versa.
In the long run, it is beneficial for college students to be able to schedule both work and play. If they can execute this successfully, it will help them look ahead, complete work early, and reduce stress. If we look at life after college, it will always involve finding the right balance between work and non-work events.
It is important for college students to find a school-life balance each semester at school. This will help prepare them for life after college, and it can lead to rewarding social and intellectual experiences. The key is for college students to have the self-control, discipline, and foresight to manage themselves and their time so that they can enjoy all that college has to offer.