Balance @ IMSA

Finding a work life balance is essential | Source: Northwestern Medicine

One of IMSA’s defining features is its residential scene. Along with giving us the privilege of living with our friends, it also enables us to become more independent. But, this newfound independence is at times difficult to navigate. What if you’re terrible at managing your time right now? What if you’re a master at procrastinating? So, how do students do it? How do they balance their social and academic life on campus? Well, here are three tips to help you do just that!

1. Create a schedule 

Creating a schedule with how long each activity will take allows you to have a visual representation of how long each activity will take to complete. Try color coding to stay extra organized! Some students prefer a physical planner, while others use Google Calendar or other online platforms. Whichever one you prefer, try to stick to your schedule to find the right balance for you.

2. Don’t be afraid to say no

At IMSA, it is common to feel the need to go to all the GAs or overcommit to which clubs you want to participate in. But, as hard as it may seem, do not be afraid to say no to some things. Take the time to determine what is important to you and prioritize the opportunities to reflect that. Prioritizing helps you to plan ahead which usually saves you time and stress in the end. This can help not only create a better balance between your social and academic life but can also play a role in improving your mental health. 

3. Utilize your free mods (better!)

Many students take naps or hangout with friends during their free mods. While still using some of your free mods to take breaks, try spending as many of them as you can studying and finishing your homework. This allows you to spend more time with your friends after school, participate in extracurriculars, or take time for yourself to destress.

Balancing one’s social and academic life on campus is no small feat. It might take some trial and error to find the strategies that work best for you, but these three tips are a great way to get started and have time to explore all IMSA has to offer.

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Bhavya Vegesna
Hey! I'm Bhavya and I'm a rising senior! I live in 1502 and am a staff writer for The Acronym. Outside of The Acronym, I like to travel, read, and try new food!

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