How to Balance a Fun Greek Life and a Busy University Student Life
The busyness and chaos of student life, especially with a full academic semester load, can be a challenge to your psyche. Pulling all-nighters, cramming for tests, and studying until you know everything about everything… can all lead to major burnout. However, with vibrant social life, balance can be restored, and you could thrive where you may otherwise flounder.
You may have heard the term “Greek Life” before, especially if you attend a major university. Greek Life refers to sororities and fraternities, where you can pledge to be invited into a community of help, success, and bonded friendships. One pledge and, before you know it, you are donning Greek Life merch, attending social bashes with your sisterhood or brotherhood, and making a difference through impact groups in the college community.
Embracing Greek Life can be as fulfilling as academic life, where every accomplishment and success builds your confidence in yourself and your future. But how does the balance work? Where do you draw the line between busy university student life and the fun of a sorority or fraternity?
Make Plans to Spend Time with Your College Friends!
And don’t take your homework with you! No study sessions tonight! Leave the notebooks, laptops, and notes back at the dorm!
Schedule downtime with your sorority sisters or fraternity brothers. Go out to eat, have a few drinks, and talk to unwind. Laugh, joke around, and let loose for a while. Put your academic goals in the rearview (but don’t be reckless) for one night, then return to the role of a hardworking student tomorrow.
Hanging out with your friends is a stress reliever. It’s a way for you to refresh your mind and rejuvenate your confidence, so take advantage of the social aspect of Greek Life.
When You’re Planning to Have Fun… Have Fun! Leave College Workloads Behind for a Few Hours.
There’s nothing wrong with taking a mental break from college coursework. It won’t hurt your GPA to go out and have fun for a few hours. In life, you always hear “leave work at work.” The same can be said for college. Unless you are behind on serious heaps of homework, leave your classwork in your class.
Being studious is a great trait for hardworking students, but your career focus should take a backseat sometimes. Why? Because everyone needs a break. Everyone needs to have fun and forget about their responsibilities for a little while. You must balance your fun self with your student self.
Make a Schedule and Stick to Being Organized to Create a Work/Fun Balance
We’ve all heard the adage that begins with “all work and no play.” But what does no play lead to? Burn out. Self-isolation. Anxiety. Depression. When you are TOO focused on your studies, it can be hard to justify having fun and living life a little freer sometimes.
If you’re having trouble telling yourself that you deserve a balance of work and fun, simply make a schedule. Trick your brain into making fun of something that MUST be done. Write it down. Pin it up. Stick with it. That work and fun balance are imperative to a happy, healthy you, especially while pursuing a university degree.
Don’t Overwork if There’s No PayOff
Don’t overwork for the sake of being overworked. If you are already at the top of your class, and there’s no chance of you losing that title, then don’t feel the need to overwork to keep it. Do your best without stressing yourself out. Once you’ve accomplished a goal, set your sights on a new goal. One that’s well-balanced.
Greek Life allows you to befriend people with similar career goals as yourself. Ask for advice when you feel like you have to work harder to be better. In most cases, you are fine as you are, and overworking won’t reward you with any more of a payoff than simply doing the average, normal amount of coursework.
Set Aside Time for Self-Care without the Stress of Student Life and Expectations!
When in doubt, ditch it all and take a bubble bath or go for a drive with the windows down and the radio blasting your favorite tunes. Self-care is important, and it’s something that you can do alone. While you may love your sorority sisters or fraternity brothers, you don’t have to include them in every aspect of your life. Ergo, when you need solo stress relief, don’t feel guilty about locking the doors, popping in a movie, and settling in for a few hours, phone off, with your favorite snacks.
Touch Base with Social Activities that Mean A lot to You!
One of the best ways to reconnect to a refreshed, rejuvenated version of yourself is to do social activities that mean something to you. For instance, most fraternities and sororities host theme weeks and parties, many of which raise awareness for a wide range of impactful causes. Get involved! Spend a few hours doing something you love and feel passionate about with your sisters or brothers. It’s a healthy reset to your schoolwork-laden system.
It’s normal and almost expected, for most students to deal with burnout at one point or another in their academic careers. That said, just because it’s expected, doesn’t mean you should strive to reach your breaking point.
It’s up to you to decide where you draw the line between Greek Life commitments and your work as a hardworking student. You have control. Don’t let yourself burn out when you can find balance through routine, self-care, and the positivity from friends and loved ones.
Feeling like calling it quits on college after a rough week? University merch could remind you of what you are working for. Snag a keychain, water bottle sticker, or car decal that you can look at as a memento of what you want to do with your life. Don’t give up after one bad week. Adapt and overcome. There’s nothing you can’t do with the right support and encouragement in your corner.