Let’s explain: When you turn 18 in the eyes of the law, you’re an adult. You leave school and not long after you’re on your way to college or varsity and your own living space.
No longer does the bell signal the next class and your mom’s telling you to finish your homework – it’s all on you now. Missing class and assignment dates eventually lead to flunking, which leads to dropping out and never getting your dream job. The responsibility to ensure a positive outcome is now yours, you have the power to get the dream result for your life and career.
This is one of the core rules of life, sticking to it now will be habit forming and something that will serve you faithfully your whole life.
The simplest example is studying for a test. Put enough time into studying and understanding the subject and you ace the test. It’s a simple concept, one that carries an awesome responsibility.
Some day’s classes may be in the morning, some the afternoon. You may be a sports person and training could be every day or twice a week. Then you have to fit-in research, assignments, exam prep, eating, exercise, showering, leisure time and sleeping.
Preparation and planning are the only way to get it all done. You’re there to study, so that’s priority number 1 don’t forget that. Here are some practical tips on how to prepare and plan:
Most of us take sleep for granted, smart people don’t. How many times have you heard your parents or grandparents wax lyrical about how important sleep is? Hundreds, so I am sure you don’t want to hear it from us just after escaping their moaning. The importance of sleep to students needs to be discussed a little more.
“I think sleeping was my problem in school. If school had started at four in the afternoon, I’d be a college graduate today.” — George Foreman, former Heavyweight Boxing World Champion.
This comment by George Foreman hits hard, excuse the pun, of exactly why sleep is so important for you. Fortunately for him, he was a skilled boxer. You, though need to be a brilliant student, reduce stress and avoid depression.
To illustrate the point here are a few facts about sleep and the lack of it:
To add insult to injury, lack of sleep actually causes parts of your brain to slow or shut down completely. These are the effects:
|Areas of the brain||Responsible for||Effects of sleep deprivation|
|Parietal Lobe||Maths and Logic||Slower thought processes and difficulty forming logical conclusions to problems|
|Neocortex||Memory and Learning||Difficulty learning new things and making connections to others|
|Frontal Lobe||Creative thinking||Lack of focus, originality and stuttering|
|Temporal Lobe||Language||Slurred speech|
|Prefrontal Cortex||Judgement and Visuals||Blurred vision and hallucinations|
And if that’s not enough to get some shuteye as early as possible, for those trying to stay in shape, less than 7 hours perpetuates weight gain and increases appetite.
So getting enough sleep is as important a responsibility as getting to class. All this responsibility overwhelms us all in the beginning, however if you use our tips and have faith in yourself, you’ll succeed.
Good luck from The Fields, the experts in student apartment living based in Hatfield, Pretoria. We are situated in the Hatfield precinct and offer shared or private apartments which can be furnished or unfurnished. We provide safe, comfortable and affordable accommodation, where you’ll be part of a community and be on a on a trajectory to creating your ideal career and life. Let’s have a chat, we’re here to guide you through the entire process.
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