By Guest Blogger Diego Garcia,
September 17, 2017
Social life at a university is one of the most rewarding aspects of college life. As with anything, however, an excess of it will be harmful to other areas. Thus, it’s important to balance your social life with school and other areas.
Meeting People from All Over
Here at Notre Dame, I have met many people from all over the world – especially Latin America. The friends I mostly hang out with come from places like Ecuador, Colombia, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Mexico. It’s great to have met them since we can all easily connect through our language and similar Latin cultures. Still, it is great learning about the differences in culture and arguing which country makes the best Ceviche.
That’s something great about going to college – meeting people from all over with different backgrounds, cultures, and different ways of thinking. And it’s something I definitely think is integral to the college experience. Wherever you go, try to step out of your comfort zone and meet new people. Still, try to find people you can connect with and that will remind you of home, especially if you are living far away from it. Doing so will make the transition much easier.
Saturdays with home football games are some of the best experiences I have had at Notre Dame thus far. Around 80,000 people from all over visit campus for each game. There are activities all around the University and everyone is filled with school spirit as the Fighting Irish fight song is continually played by the marching band. Tailgating begins early on Saturday morning and runs until around eight at night. The stadium is filled to capacity and rumbles with each score from Notre Dame. I have found that one of my favorite parts of each game is watching the marching band perform songs and form amazing figures on the grass. After the game ends, the festivities continue well into the night. As awesome as football Saturday’s are, I have realized that they take my entire weekend and I usually don’t work on any assignments until Sunday night. That’s one downfall to going out on the weekends when in college.
Balancing Social Life with School Responsibilities
Although time for relaxing and enjoying life is needed, again, it is important to balance this with other aspects of college. Try to make it a rule where you can only go out one day of the weekend and work on assignments the other two days.
There exists a 3 ‘s’ triangle which college students usually refer to. The triangle consists of school, social life, and sleep. It is said that only two of these can be met completely but the other must fall short. I think that’s an exaggeration, and that with time management and organization one can achieve this. Personally, I still haven’t been able to exceed at this, and I usually fall short on sleep. Yet, I am trying to make improvements, and that’s what matters.
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