How do you balance having a social life or part-time job while studying at University?

24 August 2020

Time management is an important skill which you will learn to develop during your time at university. In this blog we asked our undergraduates how they manage  studying while taking part in extracurricular activities or working part-time.

Jan Sterba -  BSc International Management - Final Year:

Being able to work alongside studying very much depends on your own discipline and how good you are at managing your time. Alongside attending your lectures and seminars you will need to spend some time studying and doing group work outside of your classes. In my first year, it took me some time to settle in at the university and getting to know the university teaching style. Therefore, I did not have a job, as I would not have been able to keep up if I had. However, in my final year, I am able to do all my studies, have 2 different WBS ambassador jobs, as well as working as a freelance website developer. All of that while maintaining a decent social life, including also flying around Europe a few times. So with careful planning, strong discipline and efficient working, you can most definitely work part-time and study and enjoy time with your friends.

Laiba Ather - BSc Management - 2nd Year:

Finding a balance between your studies and your social life is very important for your wellbeing. It can be hard at times when you have deadlines, but I think it is important for you to understand that there will be weeks where you do have to sacrifice your social life to ensure that you are completing your work to the best of your ability. I find I am much more productive and I am able to complete my work when I am working on campus, either in the undergraduate learning grid or in the library. I like to finish all my work on-campus, so when I leave, I can be social and hang out with my friends and not have to worry about coursework that I still need to complete, I have found that works best for me. 


Mario Grippay - BSc International Management - 2nd Year:

While this was originally a concern when I first arrived at university, I realised that pretty much everyone is sort of lost at the beginning with trying to find a balance, focusing mostly on a social life which is expected and arguably beneficial for an overall positive university experience. Ultimately, however, most students are committed and driven towards their degree, and it sort of becomes a collective understanding wherein students go out often yet also work on their studies and every student is in the same position. Especially in WBS, where students who do the same degrees often have the same or similar deadlines, it’s easier to focus on assessments because you know that your friends are also focusing on the same assessments and aren’t going out. It creates a sort of unity between students and allows for a better balance between your studies and your social life.

Shubh Mehta - BSc Management (with Finance) - 2nd Year:

Time management is paramount at Warwick as this will define if you are making the most of your time at university. At the University of Warwick there are over 250 societies and socials happening every single day in the form of gatherings or parties, and in addition to that students often love to spend time relaxing with their friends on campus. The location of the university also helps from a social perspective, as Coventry is located in the centre of the country and you are able to travel to anywhere in the UK. However, as a student, we need to learn how to maintain a balance between having a social life and studying. A lack of attention towards your academic studies can be harmful towards your degree and of course to gain a good grade you will need to focus a good amount of additional time on your studies.

Zari Dowrich - BSc Management - 2nd Year:

This is not something you can fully plan for until you are at university and understand the intensity of your studies. I usually prioritise my university-related tasks by doing them first and then having time for social activities in the evening. Once you understand your workload and what activities you really want to do you will work out how to balance it all. It is important to note that you cannot attend every event you want to, so you must choose which ones are worthy of your time. Also, I tried something new this term which was working throughout the school week and then having the weekend mostly dedicated to my interests like catching up with friends at a restaurant. Everyone is different but you’ll find out how best to manage your time as you progress through your degree.

Jinesh Timbadia - BSc Accounting & Finance - Final Year:

The key to finding the balance was time management and self-discipline. You have to remember that social life and part-time job aside, you also have your education to focus on. At university, it is essential to plan your weeks so that you have a rough plan on how to progress. Inevitably, there are bound to be events that change and disrupt your ideal plan, however, having a timetable allows you to manage this balance.

Personally, I made great friends while working part-time, which made even working feel like having a social life! Most importantly, I felt that creating a rough timetable allowed me to balance all 3 aspects - social life, the job and my academics.

Deborah Ajide - BSc Management - 2nd Year:

It is very much possible to work part-time when you study. I have worked during my second year and have found that the busier I got the better I have become with time management. So, my advice to you is work if you want to but be cautious of the sacrifices it might require. You will not be able to go out as much as your friends and you will have to cut back on the Netflix sessions and will have to be more productive in the library. But overall, it is very much possible, and it also gives you many more opportunities!

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