Students seek to take on many roles in life, while also striving to maintain sanity. The problem is that it can be difficult to give full attention to all those demands and be successful in every capacity. School, sleep and social life is truly a balancing act, according to jhsap.org.
“The amount of schoolwork students face is higher than ever, and balancing grades, other activities and getting the recommended eight to 10 hours of sleep for an adolescent seems nearly impossible,” according to greatschools.org.
Cortnee Lewis, a BYU-Idaho alumna, said finding a balance was never easy for her and is still a challenge no matter how old and wise you get.
“You are told to do good in school, but also have a social life,” Lewis said. “The problem is you also need at least eight hours of sleep to stay healthy.”
Lewis said she never found a way to do well in all three areas. She said she would typically lack in at least one of the three areas at any given time.
“If I was focusing on school, I would always miss out on social time,” Lewis said.
Sarah Parshall, a freshman studying English, said she generally cares less for socializing than grades and sleep and is willing to give that up.
“It’s easier to only worry about two things than three,” Parshall said.
Lewis said she was willing to analyze her life and rank what was most important. She said she looked at it as a need versus want scenario.
“Sleep for me was important, so I knew when my limit was and said goodnight to my friends and roommates,” Lewis said.
Vicky Flores, a junior studying communication, said sleep was most vital to her.
“I try not to schedule anything past 11:30, so I can sleep well and wake up between 6:30 and 7:30,” Flores said. “I realized if I don’t have enough sleep, I have such a groggy day.”
Flores said social life for her goes on the back burner in most cases because she sets academics as her main priority.
“I’m the type of person who prefers to have all her homework done before I go out,” Flores said.
Flores said she accomplishes everything she needs to by creating a schedule and sticking to it.
“Time management is a key component to academic and professional success. It is an essential skill that will help you concentrate your efforts on what is most important,” according to jhsap.org.
Lewis said time is valuable and should be managed in a way that makes you most effective in a short amount of time.
“The only way to achieve balance is to prioritize and strictly follow a detailed schedule,” Parshall said.
Flores said she likes to keep track of her time by having a planner.
“My planner has the time of day, kind of like how it was on my mission but not a returned-missionary planner,” Flores said. “I write in my classes and the times I will be doing homework for each class.”
Lewis said there has never been a perfect balance in her life but she feels that as long as she is trying and improving, that is what matters.
“The trick is to balance,” according to varsitytutors.com. “You can have it all, but not always excessively and not always at the same time. In the end, allow yourself time to make thoughtful and smart decisions regarding each of these areas and things will work out just fine.”