First Coming

“Lost time is never found again”

Benjamin Franklin

Most students feel amazed and stunned when first coming to university. Many of you came from different parts of the country, and there are numerous students who came all the way from different countries across the globe. Most surely you left your friends and said goodbye to your relatives till holidays. Of course changing your life like that instantly makes you look for new friends to somehow dilute strictly educational activities. Don`t give up! There are plenty of nice people here! Remember that there are numerous historical cases when university friendship and social contacts made in college helped to organize groundbreaking artistic groups and coteries of talented people.

Need for a balance

For example, the most famous beat trio of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs met each other in Columbia University. But surely you came to university to study and not to make friends.  First things come first. I’m not going to tell you about the necessity to learn. Your arrival to college shows that you understand it. The particularly important thing here is balance. You should harmonize your social activities and your study. And here are some tips on how to achieve this:

Make your study interesting

  • Choose only those classes that you are really interested in. If you’re not interested in any of them and want just to party then there’s no sense in coming to university whatsoever. In case you are interested in all of them and you want only to study still you should choose and choose wisely. You can’t succeed everywhere and in everything moreover at the same time. Therefore, moderate you interest and divide your energy between subjects that are able to cultivate your thoughts.

Plan your activities beforehand

  • Before coming to party or meeting with friends, skating, riding, driving, singing or anything else you should foresee the time of your come back to studies. In other words, don’t go to events or organize activities that could be easily prolonged. Keep in mind thousands of “I couldn’t leave because the party was just getting started”. Often it is better not to go at all because they usually end in the morning. Of course, you can do your homework before and come to a party later if you can sacrifice your sleep.

Time management is the key

  • Use your time wisely. Lots of papers- start working on them now. If you don’t know what to write in the paper – ask your professor. If you don’t have any ideas try to change the topic, narrow it or approach it from another perspective. Don’t sit and wait until ideas will come to you. Look for them. Your work should be done with quality but it shouldn’t be ideal, and it should not take your whole time. It is bad not only for your social activities but for other classes too.

Bring social connections to your study process and vice versa

  • Try to do your homework together with somebody. This can make it a lot more interesting and it will surely be helpful to have somebody you could ask anything concerning the subject. There is also a less possibility of procrastination as two (or more) students will surely remind each other why they got together in the first place.
  • Try to read study materials when you are in public transport or waiting for your friends in café.
  • Maintaining social life can be beneficial for your education. If you are very busy ask you friend to do your homework for you or to help you. When you won’t be so busy you could help him in your turn.
  • Be friendly with professors and tutors. It is always better to tell the truth sincerely and openly. There are many friendly professors who can suggest you how to catch up with missed lectures or write your paper better.

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