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How to Balance Extracurricular Activities with Academic Responsibilities 

The fast-paced nature of our world is forcing students to choose between academics and passions outside the classroom. Pursuing both endeavours is increasingly difficult, as it demands high levels of focus, prioritization, and skills that most students lack. But it’s not all doom and gloom. In this short article, we share a few tips for balancing your extracurricular activities with academic responsibilities. Read on to understand the delicate art of juggling!

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Embrace self-care

You can’t achieve a balanced life without proper self-care. The pursuit of academic success shouldn’t make you neglect yourself. It’s undeniable that contemporary employers overemphasize educational qualifications. However, this doesn’t mean spending all your days in the library. No matter your workload, find and maintain the right balance by prioritizing self-care, managing stress, and getting enough rest to perform your best in both academics and extracurricular activities. If the going gets rough, you can always seek help from, a leading online service for students with various writing needs. They have some of the best experts who can advise and guide you in your academic journey.


In today’s world, one minute can be the difference between success and failure. Consequently, you must be ready at all times to prioritize your activities and engagements. While misguided individuals think academics are more important than extracurricular activities, the truth is that they are equally critical to your well-being and success. Simple activities such as sports, community service, cycling, etc., can provide a much-needed break from classwork, helping you maintain focus and good mental health. The secret is prioritizing the most important extracurricular activities and class assignments and allocating them your resources, time, money, and energy, accordingly.

Plan ahead

College life can be chaotic. There are often so many things to do with very little time to accomplish them. It’s not surprising that many students lose focus or get overwhelmed and drop out. This is especially common to learners who are incapable of handling social life pressures and other extracurricular activities. But this shouldn’t be your fate. All it takes is planning. You must be willing to create a schedule or calendar to manage your time and avoid last-minute stress effectively. Most importantly, learn to stick to your plans. Don’t be the kind of student who easily abandons their schedules to accommodate others.


As a student, you’ll interact with many people in college, e.g., stakeholders such as lecturers, non-teaching staff, coaches, counsellors, mentors, and other students. These people can play a significant role in your academic success and personal development. However, you must keep communication lines open to share your needs, challenges, and progress. Even good people can’t help if they’re unaware of your struggles. For instance, if you need to improve your academic writing skills, contacting your tutors is highly advisable. They can devise a working formula to help improve your grades over time.

Juggling academics and extracurriculars is all about planning!

There are many paths to Rome. However, it’s always advisable to use the safest, shortest, and most efficient option. Balancing academic responsibilities and extracurricular activities may be tricky, but with a solid plan, you’ll be halfway there. And while at it, don’t forget to care for yourself.

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