As a very busy college student, it is critical that I continually minimize the amount of time I spend on distractions such as social networking sites, television, or video games. Since it is nearly impossible to grasp exactly how much "free" time I should have daily after all my obligations are fulfilled, I find it easier to estimate how long these obligations should take and subtract that from the total hours available for my usage - thus giving us the theoretical free time. It becomes apparent how much time we waste on distractions since in reality, most college students don't have this theoretical free time. The following estimates are based on the first 45 class days (forget weekends) of my first year at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
On average, I spend 4 hours a day on homework or studying. That being said, the total time I spend studying, doing homework, and being in class through these first 45 days is somewhere around 360 hours or 15 solid days - about 33.3% of my total time. Of course, that doesn't sound too bad, does it? Let me remind you that college is not, and should not be just academics.
Since college has begun, I have joined four different student clubs and organizations. These include the Association for Computing Machinery, Spectrum, the Technology Observer, and the Student Activities Council. Each of these groups meets every week and a few require weekly office hours. I'll estimate that there is around 4 hours worth of events per week that I'm obligated to attend. These hours total around 92.25 hours, 3.84 days, and 8.5% of my time. Get Internet #1 - Time Management Tools For College Students @ http://timecure01.webs.com and find out how you can Maximize Your Time!
Adding in two meals a day, 45 minutes each, I have spent 67.5 hours, 2.81 days, or 6.3% of my time eating. Getting ready in the morning - 22.5 hours, 0.94 days, and 2.1% of my time. And believe it or not, estimating walking distance to, from, or between classes, meetings, and meals to be 5 minutes, total time going places is roughly 33.03 hours, 1.38 days, and 3.1% of my time.
While there are many other minor things during the day that take up time such as using the bathroom, tweeting, or zoning out, I find these frivolous in my calculations. Out of the 1080 hours (45 days) so far, I have described 575, leaving 505 hours left over for sleep and free-time. This allows for 11.22 hours per day on average - plenty of time for sleep and spending time with friends.
So, the question is, why are college students always in a rush to finish their work or why are they pulling "all-nighters"
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