As you may know, it’s not compulsory for poly students to join a CCA unlike in Secondary School.
However, if you’re the type of student who likes to make full use of your poly life and decided to join a CCA, or if you’re thinking of joining one, and are wondering how to juggle between studies and CCA.
You’re in luck! This article will teach you how to juggle between your academics and interests.
1. Choose a course that you like
This may sound obvious but choosing a course in poly that you’re interested in or passionate about makes things easier.
You’ll wake up feeling energised as you know that there’s going to be interesting concepts waiting to be covered.
It’d be dreadful to wake up every weekday for 3 years knowing you’ve to spend 6 to 8 hours in school learning something that you’ve no interest in.
It is possible to get through the 3 dreadful years and study something that you couldn’t care less about, but why should you do that? Just listen to yourselves and pick something you like!
Furthermore, studying wouldn’t be a chore since it’s something that you’re interested in, it’s just like reading your favourite book or comic! How nice!
2. Always prioritise your studies
Since having a CCA is not compulsory in poly, your academics should always be your number 1 priority.
Moreover, if you neglect your studies and start failing your modules, chances are you’d have to re-mod and maybe stay back a year in poly, also known as Year 4.
Nobody wants that! Who wouldn’t want to graduate with their friends right?
If you need to, consider getting a private tutor to help you with difficult poly modules.
Education in polytechnic is important as it can help you find out what you’re interested in and help set a goal in life. For example, after finding out you’ve an interest in being a businessman/businesswoman in poly, you’ll set goals like interning in a corporate company to gain relevant experience and perhaps build your own company in the future.
3. Develop a Schedule
Organising your schedule is a very effective method to find time for activities you thought you might not have time for!
When developing a schedule, make sure to plan out whatever has to be done. Always prioritise your academics first, like going for tutorials, lectures, completing your work, etc.
Only after you have planned out your academics, then plan out your time with regards to your CCA.
Be sure to implement some studying time before your CCA to make sure you don’t fall behind on your academics!
4. Surround yourselves with like-minded friends
It’s always good to have friends who are on the same frequency as you, you can motivate each other into doing better and not giving up.
Can you imagine surrounding yourselves with peers who like to go out to party and drink instead?
Not only will it be harder for you to juggle between your studies and CCA, you might also be influenced to join them till late night so you don’t feel left out.
You need your beauty sleep so you operate the next day, make sure you make wise decisions!
Like-minded friends will be able to see how important your interests, passions and goals are to you.
They’ll be there to support you during your toughest time during your journey to achieving your goals.
Personally, I’d not have been able to get through my time at National University of Singapore (NUS) without friends who went through thick and thin with me.
5. Getting advice from like-minded seniors
Speaking to people with experience is very beneficial as they’ll be able to share with you some life-changing tips.
Using their tips will certainly make juggling your studies and CCA easier.
Maybe if they’re nice enough, they can help you schedule your time wisely to optimise your energy and time.
Finally, we can make the most of a day and not complain about unproductivity!
6. Get enough sleep
It’s very important to be well-rested, research has shown that most adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep to be at their best condition.
Many students overlook the importance of sleep, often thinking that since they’re still young, they would be able to survive on just a few hours of sleep every night. Just to catch up on their favourite drama or play their video games.
Not having enough sleep can weaken your immune system and you might fall sick easier, making it harder to juggle between your studies and CCA.
Better rest up!
Juggling between studies and CCA can be really tough as there’s only so much we can do in a day.
It’s never easy to start balancing but as you put your mind to it, it gets easier with time.
Just remember, when the going gets tough, the tough gets going!
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