Perhaps you have seen the charts that look like this:
When I visited a college for the first time in November of 2012, one of my dorm hosts showed me this chart. Five years later, I can attest that it is accurate.
Anyone on campus can tell you that I (almost) always opted for “enough sleep” and “good grades.” Rather than being equilateral, my triangle looked more like this:
However, I learned some tricks over the years that let me have (the appearance of) a semi-social life while still sleeping
enough more than most students and receiving the grades that I wanted.
1 – Take advantage of mealtimes.
It is scientifically proven that you have to eat. Rather than grabbing a snack from the vending machine between classes, eat a meal with friends in the dining hall. While you eat, you can also chat and relax.
2 – Get a job on campus.
My absolute favorite job while in college was working at the coffee shop in the student center. Before morning classes, all of the students who chose a social life over sleep need some extra shots of espresso. While I made the perfect latte, we talked about all the happenings around campus.
3 – Make a routine.
During my senior year, some friends and I planned to hang out once a week at the same exact time. We treated this like a class–it was something that we did every single week. This way, we had at least one hour of social interaction.
4 – Realize the value of friendship.
No matter how busy you are, you must find time to spend with friends.
These tips won’t add any hours to your day, but I hope that they will help you find a little bit of balance in the adventure of college.