Balancing Freedom and Responsibility

    Something that I have heard a lot during finals is the phrase “Pain is temporary, GPA (grade point average) is forever. The temporary pain, (I think you guys have experienced at least once when studying), would mean getting educated which involves stress, discomfort, lack of sleep, missing out fun and enjoyable things. Why should we bear these things even though they don’t make us feel good? There is wisdom to the mindset of “sacrificing now and getting rewards later.”

    Let me tell you  my experience related to this. When I just got into high school, I was preoccupied with new and enjoyable high school experiences. Back then, my friends started to get their own cars, so we could go anywhere whenever we wanted. I started avoiding the pains that are required to study. I would think, why would I not enjoy this precious times and sacrifice doing math homework stuck in my room? In other words, I gave myself a freedom. I did whatever I wanted.

    But one day, I came to the realization that I never thought of responsibilities of my choices. I realized that my GPA was falling down, and it could block my way getting into the colleges. My pleasant  freshman year memories suddenly turned into the biggest regret. From this experience, I learned a lesson that there should be a limitation of my wants now for the benefits in a long term. Of course I’m not saying that you should give up everything and focus only on studying. I don’t do that either. My point is, it would make your lives better  if you have some good habits balanced freedom and responsibility. When you give yourself a freedom to do something, you should also be aware of the responsibility that follows along.

    I’m going to introduce some study habits that I found helpful.

    First, Plan when you are going to study.  Successful students schedule specific times throughout the week when they are going to study — and then they stick with their schedule. Creating a weekly routine will enable you to do your works in time and to get some rest when it’s done.

    Secondly, Use study groups effectively. Have  you ever heard the phrase “two heads are better than one? This is also true when it comes to studying. Working in groups enables you to complete your assignments more quickly, get some help from other students, and internalize the subject better by teaching others.

    Lastly, Make sure you’re not distracted while you’re studying. Everyone is distracted by something. Maybe it’s the TV, or maybe it’s your friends, Or maybe it’s just too quiet. Find a place where you won’t be disturbed or distracted. For some people, it is a quiet library, and for others it is a common area where there is a little background noise. Applying these habits and balancing freedom and responsibility in your real life will make you succeed in your education long term.