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  • Being Focused – Balancing Academics And Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Being Focused – Balancing Academics And Extra-Curricular Activities
    By Staff Writer

    It can be a challenge to strike the right balance between academics and extra-curricular activities when you are trying to manage both. On one hand, you’ve got your parents and teachers expecting you to excel in academics; and on the other hand, you’ve got your coaches encouraging you to rise above the ordinary. If you are one of those students who love both academics and extra-curricular activities, you are probably wondering how to balance the two.

    Making Your Choices

    As with everything else in life, you must first make a list of your priorities. If your interest in sports is as strong as your interest in academics, then it could mean that you would have to give up watching TV and other things so that you have ample time to complete your home assignments.  Depending on your course, you might even have to choose between working on your studies during the weekends, Christmas time and the spring break.

    While extra-curricular activities are not really mandatory, they certainly play an important role in your education, complementing what you learn in class. One great way to keep yourself motivated to balance both is to reward yourself when you do a great job in an exam as well as when you excel in an extra curricular activity. This will help you keep from getting stressed out and stay on track.

    Some Tips That Can Help

    So get a grip on your course and schedule and base your involvement in extra curricular activities accordingly. Some points you can consider to stay on the right track are:
     

    • How many hours will you need to study?
    • Can you catch up with studies in between classes?
    • Will you have enough free time to participate in other activities?
    • Which activities really matter to you?


    Prioritize your interests and steer your life in the right direction, so that not only do you get a well-rounded education, but also develop your professional skills and meet new people.
     

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