The college life is great. You don’t have as many responsibilities as someone in the “real world”, but you’re also free from having to obey your parents’ wishes all the time!
The only thing that tends to get in the way of life is… college. Having a poor class schedule makes life a lot less fun, especially if you try to stay involved in other things like a fraternity, clubs or a job.
Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help. Here are a few tips to building the perfect college schedule so you actually get to enjoy these years!
Don’t Fool Yourself
If you don’t like to wake up until 11am every day, don’t kid yourself into thinking that you’ll make it to an 8am class. Likewise, if you love waking up early but you’re in bed at 9, night classes probably aren’t the best idea.
Probably the best tip to take away is that you need to play to your sleep schedule as much as you can. Even though you can adjust to a new one, it’s a lot easier to make your classes fit into your natural cycle than to completely change it.
How would you like going to an hour long class at 8, another at 10, a third at 12 and then one more at 2?
Probably not much. That’s because all of those gaps between classes will become some of the most unproductive times of the day for you- guaranteed.
Sure, you may be able to concentrate and get some homework done, but what’s more likely? Getting homework done, or sitting down somewhere comfy and checking Facebook?
That said, you don’t need to go to class for 4 hours straight. Having some kind of break is nice to grab a bite to eat or coffee with a friend.
Class First, Work Second
Some people have to work while they’re in college. Whether they’re paying for everything themselves or just need play money, it’s extremely common to work a job while taking classes.
There are different ways to do this, but we recommend taking classes during the day and working during the evening. The reason is that you need as much energy as possible to go towards classes. Tests and homework aren’t easy, but by doing these things in the day, you’ll have more energy to do well.
If you’re able to get a higher-paying job in the middle of the day, go for it. Just keep in mind that your classwork may suffer.
Bring Your Lunch
It may be tempting to grab lunch while you’re out and about, but we recommend making a good lunch at home and bringing it instead. This will save you some time in the middle of the day when you’re the busiest, plus you know you’ll be eating a healthier meal and saving money.
Plus, bringing your lunch gives you much more flexibility. If you have two classes in the same building, you can eat a quick lunch between classes instead of having to eat a big breakfast or a late lunch.