You’re Not Alone: Maintaining Your Social Life Over School Workload


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When the school semester arrives, it’s study, study, study. You might feel alone and stressed with the school blues. The best remedy is making space for mixing and mingling with other students.

How about some hacks:

Join Clubs

Look up your clubs and organization on campus. Getting active into social justice  would enlighten you or something recreational can improve your mental health. Whether it’s a Roller Skating Club, Tennis Club, Chess Club, Debate Club, being part of something can feel good, give you something for the resume, and have you interacting with a group. Plus, these events might have free snacks.

More School Events on your calendar

Get into new spaces. Learn about new places. If you get more into active spaces, like parties, social events, info sessions, you’ll end up introducing yourself and shaking hands with a lot of people.

Set Study Groups

If you feel you outright can’t have free time, the trick is to set up a study group. Setting up a cohort would be beneficial to you. You could get homework and studying done faster and more productive. Bring the chip and dips for snacks.

Grab a Bite or Drink With A Person

You schedule something, you’ll have an obligation on your calendar. That’s incentive for you to get outside or get with a friend. Go to a Starbucks, a Dunkin Donuts, or a nice bar, for a beer, or nachos, or pizza. Share an appetizer with somebody.

Chat With Friends on Social Media

Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram. Whether it’s a long-distance friend or your classmate, give them a poke. Make a goal to chat with them. Don’t always rely on social media, let it supplement real-life meetings. If you have a cold, depression, anxiety, it can lighten your day. Check in on your friend, tell them a joke, or ask them for a joke. Take a five minute break to tear your eyes from your study notes and poke somebody on Facebook.

You can do this. You can survive. You can work in many new commitments during your time there.

By Caroline Cao

Carol is a queer Vietnamese-Houstonian Earthling surviving under the fickle weather of New York. When she’s not seeing a Broadway production, she’s buried in her nonfiction MFA homework like Hermione Granger and her Hogwarts studies. When not angsting over her first poetry manuscript or a pilot screenplay about space samurais, Carol is cooking her own Chinese food instead of buying take-outs and dreaming of winning Hamilton lotto tickets. She chronicles the quirks of New York living and writing, runs writing and scripting services, and lends her voice to Birth Movies DeathThe Mary SueFilm School Rejectsand The Script Lab. She’s also lurking in the shadows waiting for you to follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

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