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A Balancing Act: Maintaining Academic Scholarships Without Burning Out

A Balancing Act: Maintaining Academic Scholarships Without Burning Out
Posted By: Kara Masterson on February 08, 2019

When you're awarded an academic scholarship from a university, it's a big deal. While it is an award you should be proud of, an academic scholarship can bring its own source of pressure. It's not uncommon for a college student to feel pressured to perform because money and their academic future are on the line. However, if you maintain a balance of both school, work and play, you'll be able to maintain your sanity through it all. Consider these tips to help you as you move forward.

Implement consistent study habits
In college, it's best to study every single day of the week. Over the weekend, take a day off to relax and recharge. However, make sure you're intentional with your study habits. Develop methods that work for your learning style. It’s okay to borrow ideas from others, but implement what works for you. Studying is not a one size fits all issue.

It's okay to party, take a break and relax
If you haven't already developed a practice of exercising, it's wise to start. Exercise can give you that endorphin rush and bring mental clarity. Try to take a break for exercise a few times a week. Practice meditation. Learn some deep breathing rituals that you can do before you start your day. If you friend is having a party on the weekend, it's okay to go and have fun. Just make sure you don't drink and drive. If you get into trouble, you'll need to call a **** attorney like Barry W Engle PC quickly. After all, you want to keep your scholarship. You don’t want one night of partying to mess up your future. Find the balance between fun, and responsible.

Connect with family members and friends
When you're able to connect with people you love, this can always help you decrease any levels of stress or anxiety. If your college is an hour away from home, schedule a weekend trip to go home and visit your family. You can still study for a few hours when you're home. However, use this time to go shopping with a sibling or cook dinner with your parents.

Develop great time management habits
Don't wait until the last minute to get a paper done. As soon as you find out about an assignment, set a plan in place to get it done. If you're going to eat in the cafeteria, know how long you'd like to be in there. It's easy to waste hours in the cafeteria with friends. Before you know it, you've blown through your study hour and will end up getting to bed later than you planned to. Manage your schedule, and stick to it.

When you're in high school, most teachers, advisers and parents encourage their children to get good grades. Good grades will allow students to get into good colleges and receive different types of scholarships. Now that you have the scholarship, do your best to implement these four tips to enhance your full collegiate experience.
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