Courtney Bryant is a recent graduate of Tuskegee University, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration. While in school, she was involved in several extracurricular activities, including founding a national honor society on campus. Currently Courtney is volunteering in the community and applying to graduate school.
Everyone knows what a mid-life crisis is: the stereotypical bored man in his 40’s starts to realize his life is too routine and halfway over so he goes out and buys a motorcycle. Well, unbeknownst to many, there is a such thing as a quarter-life crisis. The two phenomena can be paralleled; a stereotypical busy college student in his 20s starts to question what they really want to do with their life amid final exams but unable to splurge on large items, takes a nap instead of studying. The good news is a quarter-life crisis can be avoided! Better yet, it can be traded in for wonderfully exciting and productive years in college and the secret is simple: time management.
I know firsthand the “my-life-is-coming-to-an-end” meltdown during midterms when there are three papers due and three tests being administered in the same week. For me, the anxiety of the situation was preceded by heavy involvement in several organizations. The extracurriculars were great and provided me with wonderful opportunities. Unfortunately, I didn’t notice all the time I was devoting to them was detracting from my study time. Knee-deep in a research paper at 4:00am with only 3 hours to get dressed and study for my test the next day, I finally realized where I had went wrong. All of my time was devoted to things other than the real reason while I was in college: academic success.
With the proper time management skills any amount of work can be a breeze. The key is to plan ahead of time and balance academic time with free time for yourself. It is definitely possible to ace all of your classes, have an awesome social life, and still get some sleep if you learn how to plan. There are some important but simple steps in sufficiently allotting your time:
1. Consider each assignment from each class. Purposely overestimate how much time it will take to complete it and block out time to do it on your calendar before it is due.
2. Prioritize your assignments and your extracurricular activities. If you know you have an essay due Monday, try to complete it before your choir rehearsal on Saturday evening.
3. Leave some time for yourself! Your brain needs to rest and college is also meant for your personal development. Take a Netflix vacation or enjoy the football game. Don’t be afraid to put “hanging out with friends” on your calendar.
Just like life, college is what you make it. Even if you chose to illuminate your magical years with organizations or theater performances, you cannot avoid the tests and homework that are a necessary part of succeeding in college. Time management is the best way to avoid tons of work all falling on you at the same time. This skill will be helpful for the rest of your life. When you start your own business or start a family or travel the world or become a super star, time management will help you achieve everything you set out to do. Your time in college doesn’t have to be an example of a quarter-life crisis. Enjoy college! Every single bit of it.