Balancing on a Tightrope – Social Life & Study

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Currently I’m writing to you coming out of a week of two tests and an assignment due, also knowing in the back of my mind that the due dates of two big assignments are fast approaching. So balancing on what kind of tightrope? One consisting of stress, lack of sleep, an overload of sugar and brain fry. Still considering University?


But fear not, Uni isn’t like this all the time – it’s just coming to the business end of the semester which means that it’s time to dig deep and develop patient endurance while carrying on and pushing through.

However, the main focus of this blog isn’t to talk about assignments, exams and everything in between. No, the tightrope I want to focus on is the balance of social life and uni.

Everyone says that Uni is the best time of your life. You have excessive amounts of holidays (no joke), gain independence and life consists of a constant state of spontaneous adventures with friends. Oh yeah, and then there’s Uni of course. But if we don’t balance ourselves properly, life can become either too much socialising and not enough Uni or too much Uni and not enough socialising. So you suddenly find yourself walking this tightrope either leaning one way or the other, struggling to find a perfectly balanced middle.

So how do we find this balance?

  1. Know Uni is important.

As I mentioned in a previous blog, it is so important to put effort into what your studying and work hard to achieve well. I cannot stress this enough. Uni is important. It is important to hand in assessments, study for tests and exams and strive to do well. However, if you are constantly studying and never take a break and time out for yourself just to enjoy, you will get worn out which is unhealthy.

  1. Know that socialising and time out is also important.

Sometimes taking time out to clear your head will actually help you think more clearly than sitting at your computer trying to do an assignment with the wrong head space. Socialising is important because it reminds you to have fun and allows you to let loose and be yourself. And if they say that Uni is the best time of your life, then why not go out and make it the best time of your life!

  1. Know that there are times when you will need to dedicate more time to Uni and less time to socialising and other times when there is more lenience.

To put it in perspective, right now I have little social life because I know that I need to focus on Uni in order to get my assignments completed to the level that I’m happy with. However, earlier in the semester, I was able to socialise a little more as there was less work to do.

It takes a while to find your feet and find your balance on the tightrope. And once you find your balance, remember that maintaining this balance to walk the tightrope requires shifting your weight around.

There are times when it will seem like a never ending uphill battle, much like how I feel currently. But in all honesty, if you asked me whether I was still enjoying my course, the answer would be 100% yes. Why? Because I believe in what I’m working towards and having to dig deep and go through the tough and stressful times make the end result all the more worth it.



My name is Laura Makker and I am the youngest of seven children. I grew up on a dairy farm in the Waikato region just outside of a small town called Morrinsville. I have recently moved to the North Shore in order to attend Massey University, studying a Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy. In my spare time, I enjoy dancing, spending time with family and helping out in the community. I enjoy walks outdoors and learning more about the New Zealand culture. I take Te Reo classes in order to learn more about the Maori culture and deepen my understanding of their people and their importance in Aotearoa. I am also passionate about developing countries and not for profit organisations. I am a World Vision Youth Ambassador for 2016 which will include speaking at schools and leadership conferences, helping run and promote the 2016 forty-hour famine and working a lot with the refugee crisis.

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