College lifestyle tips

My name is Rafeda Khan. I am originally from Pakistan. I came to United States nine years ago, since then I am living in Chicago, Illinois. Currently, I am a 4th year doctorate of pharmacy student at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Illinois. I received my Bachelors of Science in Chemistry with a concentration in Biology from Roosevelt University. Also, I work as a Student Pharmacist at a community pharmacy.
Professionally, I am interested in ambulatory care, health informatics, critical care and oncology. In the future, I am looking to pursue specialty training in ambulatory care in a medical center when I can interact with other health care providers and mentor students.
In spare time, I like to go travel, spend time with family and friends, shopping and dress designing.

In a busy lifestyle, it is difficult to balance school, work, and everything else in between. Being able to achieve all my goals and balance a busy schedule can be tough. We always hear how important it is to manage our time and to make the most of it, but sometimes it becomes hard to manage time wisely.

During my undergraduate years, I had a very busy school and work schedule. I was not cautious about my health and I was not concerned about living healthy. However, when I started graduate school, I learned the importance of living healthy and balancing life. I also learned that eating healthy and exercising helped me focus better and gave me more energy.

During the beginning of grad school, it was challenging to manage time and balance school and work. It took me some time to be organized and handle the heavy course load. A piece of advice for first years students, please do not get behind! It is very important to start managing your time wisely from the first day of class. In the beginning, it may seem hard to manage your time but in the end, it will all be worth it. To organize my time, every Sunday: 1) I examine the upcoming week, 2) set goals for the week and 3) prepare material ahead of time for my classes. Once I became organized, I did not feel too anxious about managing my time and had time for other activities.

We all thrive to be successful and great in school. As students, we set goals, work hard, and mainly focus on school. We try hard to accomplish our goals, but may fall short at times. At that moment we need to step back and think about what went wrong and how it can be avoided in the future. Take a moment to relax and reevaluate your life. You may find that you are too stressed and you need to change something. Sometimes finding a hobby, joining a fitness class, going out with your friends, or just have some alone time to relax and enjoy some ice cream or a cup of hot chocolate.

Students with busy schedules can learn to prioritize school, work, and a healthy lifestyle. Managing time and focusing on each of these things will bring positive energy into your life and you will be able to focus better. I hope some of my tips will help you in your life.
Enjoy your time as a undergrad or graduate student and make the most out of the school. I wish you all the best with everything you do.

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