Ever seen this diagram before?
If you haven’t, you are probably concurring with its precise depiction of high school life right now. But it is time to challenge this evil triangle by asking yourself: do you really have to make such a choice? Is there no such way to have good grades, enough sleep, AND a social life? In fact, there is.
- Having a strict, tight, and rigorous schedule
For any plan to work, there needs to be a schedule or blueprint to abide by. To succeed in meeting all three aspects of The Triangle, a very regimented schedule is needed. You will have to be able to estimate how long it is going to take for you to finish your school work, how long you will hang out with your friends, and precisely by what hour you are going to be in bed. This may sound pretty straightforward, but the most difficult part of keeping a tight schedule is that your schedule is subject to change on a daily basis.
For instance, on test days, you are bound to spend more time with your books than with your friends. On days prior to a sports tournament, you are going to need those extra hours of sleep rather than extra hours spent at karaoke with your friends. As you can see, adjusting your schedule do your volatile life may seem as a grueling task, but once you get the hang of it, it will allow you to enjoy all three aspects of The Triangle.
By multitasking, I mean meeting two aspects of The Triangle at the same time- maintaining good grades and enjoying a social life. In Korea, there controversial study institutions known as hagwons (학원) are common. Although at times only add misery, they can become sanctuaries where you can study while bonding with your friends. So, next time you are forced to go to a hagwon to study for an upcoming test, treat it as a positive experience!
- Live in the moment
By ‘living in the moment,’ I mean being focused and enjoying whatever you are doing. For example, when you are studying for three tests in the upcoming day, try your best at it and put in your fullest effort. By doing so, not only will you finish more quickly and get that precious sleep, but you will also absorb information much more efficiently. In a similar fashion, when you have a chance to hangout with your friends- in our outside school- make the best of it! When you are hanging out, don’t worry about SATs, ACTs, colleges, and school! Simply be in the moment with your friends and savor the experience.