Student life often offers seemingly endless freedom. The art lies in using these freedoms sensibly. Here I’ll tell you the six rules that helped me to take a maximum of parties and still deliver in the exam.
1. THE FIRST SEMESTER – ALL OR NOTHING!
The orientation week and the many freshman parties are not without reason. The first semester is there to get to know your fellow students and sometimes to “walk steeply” before everyone has to study for the first exams. Being new to a college dorm party or pub night can be fun but don’t overdo it, make it more like two a week instead of five. Because in addition to the social contacts, there is also a lot to do at the university: choose the courses cleverly, attend the introductory events and, of course, find the best canteen.
2. BEWARE OF VISIT!
There’s nothing nicer than a visit from friends from back home – as long as they don’t come every weekend. So make sure that you only have guests over during the semester breaks. After all, you want to show your old friends the city – and not your half-finished housework.
3. STUDYING WITH A HANGOVER? DON’T EVEN TRY!
It’s Sunday. The college dorm party went too long. But you still have the whole day to study. Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that! After parties, your receptiveness always tends towards zero. That’s not bad at all. The only important thing is that you recognize this fact quickly – and don’t give in to the illusion that you can still do something the day after a party. Sunday after Sunday you might stare at your notes completely absent-minded and understand nothing. To remedy this, either don’t party too hard or don’t party every Sunday. A little break always helps.
4. THE ART OF WALKING
Some leave far too early, others know no end: Finding the right spot to leave a party is an art in itself. And I admit that to this day I’m not good at it. At the beginning of my studies, I always started quite early. Not because I wanted to, but because I thought I had to go to bed. I couldn’t enjoy the party like that. In the later semesters I became much more relaxed, but then I was often one of the last on the floor or at the counter. That’s why I took a good buddy as a role model: He’s two years older and has perfected walking in good time. If he senses that we should go, he just lets me know and then we hit it. So you should do the same, either find a friend like that or be that friend.
5. DRUGS DESTROYS THE MAGIC
At some point, you may discover chemical party drugs like MDMA and there is a good chance you will like it: you will get totally euphoric and could dance forever. The problem: Instead of one night, you might be out for a whole weekend and trust me that never ends well. Why ruin the magic of a great night by convoluting the mind.
6. SUMMER IS SUMMER, EXAMS ARE EXAMS
Summer is always the busiest time for college students. There is one open air party after the other, every evening people are having a barbecue or someone is asking you to come to a festival. Here simply you have to set priorities, especially if you are one of those students who has classes. The ideal situation would be to have no classes during the summer, but if that is not possible, then make sure you get all the party out of your system in the beginning and when exams get near, you double down on your studies.