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Ask Anna: doing it all

Advice on balancing college life

From the Newsstands: This story appeared in The Eagle's December 2023 print edition. You can find the digital version here

How do I juggle working 30 hours a week, classes and homework without sacrificing my social life?

Something my friends and I love is the ‘one fun thing a week’ rule. You plan out at least one fun thing a week to de-stress. It is vital, especially when you have a full work and school load, to designate time for something that brings you joy. 

My roommates and I write out a schedule with all of our class times. This helps us know when people are available, so organizing activities is easier. We also designate some weeknights for social time. If you and your friends have some downtime between classes or have the same evenings off, I recommend going for a little treat together or spending an evening together doing something relaxing. 

If you have too much work, try to schedule times to work together and make dinner or grab a snack. Have a treat and work off campus together, try out a new spot on campus, or host a night together. Sometimes, when there is just too much going on, a little work and fun multitasking can be a great solution. 

These might be Band-Aids for something that needs a larger fix, but I hope these tips are reminders that your life needs more than just school and work, and it’s okay to schedule that into your life.

This article was edited by Jelinda Montes, Alexis Bernstein and Abigail Pritchard. Copy editing done by Isabelle Kravis and Luna Jinks.

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