Balancing time and life in University

Hunter the Ridgeback


Meet Fatima Khan Lookmanji, a third-year student ambassador at Ontario Tech University. She wants to share her experiences as a student, and give some helpful advice to all future ridgebacks!

I wanted to write this blog post to highlight a huge challenge that I have continued to often struggle with during my first year of university, one that many prospective students often face. The underlying conflict of requiring the ability to time-manage effectively and get things done in relatively short amounts of time while ensuring to account for self-care and balance the duties of the day!

I will outline my perception on how I was able to balance my university life and some tips that I find helpful! I find that the university has really allowed me to reach my full potential and achieve my goals, by providing me with the necessary resources, knowledgeable courses and tools to prioritize my life.

Throughout university, I have learned that the first step in making a difference within our own life is to always be kind to ourselves. I can truly relate to this statement expressed since throughout my life, I have often been a person that tends to be extremely positive and find ways to be optimistic to others within the lives of those around me, however, I often neglect thinking positive about myself and accounting for self-care and time managing effectively is extremely important!

It is important to note that the university has various supports, faculty-specific academic advisors and mentors that are always there for us and help make our transition to university a wonderful experience! I find that our university has an abundance of clubs and societies to take part in which truly gives us a sense of belonging and allows us to engage with fellow students! 

On that note, I would like to outline how upon reflection, I realize that certain problems and tough decisions that can affect one’s academic endeavours can include: disorganization, feeling overwhelmed with studies at certain times, bad eating habits, and poor sleep patterns, which are all challenging factors that can result in poor grades.

However, fortunately due to having the ability to balance my problems and take certain difficulties as positive occasions to learn which I have gained from my university experience, I have the ability to overcome such studying obstacles, and work hard using my full potential, by weighing my options properly, reflecting on past mistakes, and deciding on future goals by employing the use of determination.


In addition, by transforming past challenges into learning experiences and attending various workshops by being part of various clubs, I discovered that I can make improvements when it comes to better usage of my spare time, which can be dedicated to much more useful activities, both academically and athletically.

I also noticed that throughout the day, I have the tendency to often distract myself with technology, such as cell phones, television, and laptops, which wasted an abundance of my useful time. Since a large majority of current education involves the usage of the web and students constantly have their cellphones with them, it is quite easy to often spend too much time on social media and surfing the Internet instead of making useful usage of time studying and gaining important knowledge.

Although I am still a work in progress, I have made lots of improvement and use the experience that I have gained here at Ontario Tech to promote knowledge on this key factor of success to others that are also struggling to manage their time.

With COVID-19 being another stressor in our present-day life, I find that mastering these skills and devoting time for self-care is equally as important as studying and should be given equal priority, while making long-lasting friendships!

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