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Freshmen tips – How to balance your schedule?

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Freshmen tips – How to balance your schedule?

Freshmen tips – how to effectively balance your schedule. This is a struggle every freshmen faces sooner or later. At one point you might find yourself overwhelmed with the fast approaching deadlines and you’ll think “what have I been doing all this time?!” Don’t worry – each one of us has asked ourselves this question during our studies!

When it comes to starting university it can be tricky to balance ones schedule. With so many interesting social events its hard to focus on studying or working and it is easy to not notice how time flies. You can suddenly find yourself a week before midterms and be completely lost.

Well, do not worry! in our freshmen tips series we have compiled a list of tips to help you balance your schedule before you fall behind.


Variety is key

When balancing your schedule the most important thing is to have a variety of activities. You can’t only study! To introduce variety into your schedule you first have to decide what would you like to do.
What are your hobbies? Whar are you good at?
All these are important questions to help you find where you would like to work and association you would like to join.

If you’re considering whether working while studying is worth it, also take a look at this.

Identifying what you like to do or what you aim to do while studying will help you balance your schedule.


Don’t get in over your head

Another key freshmen tip is to focus on the word “balance“. When coming to university you are faced with so many  opportunities in terms of work or associations, which can help you gain experience, that it may be hard to choose. As an ambitious person you probably want to do several things at the same time. But think about it first. If you commit yourself to too many activities at the same time you may find yourself overwhelmed and with literally no free time.

A key thing to remember is that university is time consuming too, which has to be taken into account in your schedule. You my have to choose certain things you want to do in your first year like have a job and join one association and leave joining other associations for the next year.

A vital thing to remember when studying at Dutch universities is that many univeristies have a Binding Study Advice system in the first year meaning you have to be awarded 60 credits in your first year. This may mean you can’t re-take an exam next year and that you have to pass all your first year courses.

When balancing your schedule this is an important thing to consider because it will mean that you have to leave a significant amount of time for your university studies. This doesn’t mean you can’t do several things apart from that!

Plan ahead

To have a balanced schedule you have to be able to plan ahead. One thing is to take part in a variety of activities apart from your university studies. Another thing is to plan these activities out in your weekly planner.
We are referring to the ability of planning and seeing when you have to study becasue you have a deadline approaching or when you can work because you have a free day. Of course you’re planning should include some free time too!

Planning ahead also means choosing to balance your schedule in a way, in which all activities you take part in will be useful for you in the future.

We can assure you that if you can balance you’re schedule you will enjoy your time at university so much more!
Do you have more tips for all freshmen who need it? Please, let us all know!
Or you need more clarification on the topic? Do not hesitate to ask!