Living Away From Home? How to Balance Homework with Fun

As an international student, you’d likely agree that there are plenty of things on your mind other than your schoolwork. Taking in a new culture, getting to know your classmates, and trying to fit in can take up so much of your time that it may start to feel like you have to pick between being a good student and having a social life! But don’t panic yet! We’ve assembled some resources to help you balance school and fun—and minimize stress while you’re at it. Here are a few tips to remember:

1. Try to adopt good study habits early on. If you do, you can save yourself from wasting time being disorganized—this will actually gain you more time to enjoy your life outside of class. Check out our list of useful study habits to help you breeze through the semester.

2. Take care of your health—both physically and mentally. While it’s never fun to get sick, having a cold or being in pain is a pretty good motivator to get yourself to the doctor. But don’t forget that your mind needs taking care of too. Check out our guide to becoming a mentally healthy student to help keep yourself happy and energized—both in school and with your new friends.

3. Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Being in a new place, far away from old friends and family, can be a scary experience—most people will want to make new friends and fit in, fast. But while socializing with fellow students in Canada, there may be times that you feel pressured to drink alcohol or try drugs—which, depending on where you’re from, can be a completely unfamiliar experience. We’ve put together some tips that will help you make the right choice for you.

It’s good to stay on top of your schoolwork, but it’s equally important to have an active life outside of class. Luckily, there’s no reason you can’t do both. Take a look at these tips to manage your stress, take care of yourself—and have fun!


For more information on travel tips and travel insurance, visit the Ingle International blog page.

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