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The saying goes: “College will be the best four years of your life,” and from my experience, this is not too far from the truth. However, college is about more than going to football games on Saturdays, sleeping in, and hanging out with friends. We, as the best and the brightest, are students first and it is important to always keep that in mind. That being said, I have found that by responsibly balancing all my responsibilities, there is still plenty of time for having fun and I plan on giving you some tips in this blog.

Exercise

Sure, exercise is not academic or social, but I have found that it is helpful when balancing school and socializing. Firstly, exercise is a great natural way to produce energy and I find that exercise helps keep me motivated to do all my schoolwork. Additionally, exercising is excellent for boosting your confidence and will help you to feel better in both the classroom and with your friends. Finally, it is easy to snack too much when spending late hours studying, so some movement about 4-5 times a week will help you keep you feeling good even after eating some late night cheese bread.

Never procrastinate!

To get into U of M, you must have been near the top of your high school class. If you are like me, studying for a test more than the night before in high school was unheard of. Not here! It is far easier keeping up with the gruelling workload at an internationally renowned institution, like U of M, than catching up. I learned this early in my college career and am happy I did.

Finally, Relax!

No one can study all the time. It is important to relax and every now and then do whatever you want. By indulging yourself every now and then, you will find you will return to studying rejuvenated and motivated to ace that next exam.

Good luck and enjoy these four years!

Joey

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