How To Study And Travel At The Same Time
Over my long academic career, I have never waited for the holidays to travel. On the contrary. I managed to go to even the most remote places in Europe during the semester – all without any negative effects on my academic performance. What to know how? Then read on!
The academic year in Ukraine usually starts on the 1st of September. However, my parents never paid attention to this. Year after year, we would always go on a two-week-long holiday to the seaside from the end of August – during which, I would just pour myself into the studying process. And every time this worked out pretty smoothly.
As I got older, I realized that such approach isn’t baseless. What is the need to leave all your travels to the summer and winter holiday periods, when everyone is on holiday and all the cities are full of tourists? I believe that, when planning a journey, it’s better to take into account the whole spectrum of seasons. But does traveling DURING the semester mean you shouldn’t care about your studies? No! It’s possible to combine studying with travelling and make the most of both worlds!
Check your university schedule.
Every one of us knows their university timetable in advance, so make sure that you won’t miss any exams or important events. If you are not informed about your future deadlines, don’t hesitate to go to your professor and ask them whether there will be any tests. Communication truly is a key to success, so I would recommend starting with it.
Work harder before your leave.
Make an effort by finishing all the projects and meeting all the deadlines! Make sure to think ahead too, as the deadlines may come at the time when you could be sunbathing on the beach. Are you sure you’ll be okay with working on something there? I bet not. So, do everything beforehand.
Try to remain online.
For this, you may need to take your laptop on your trip with you. Check your e-mail from time to time so that you will be kept updated on changes to your projects. Moreover, your continued connectivity, enthusiasm and speedily task performance while traveling may make a good impression on your professor. As a result, your professor will realize that travelling doesn’t prevent you from good academic performance. This may decrease the number of difficulties in the future you might face from university staff when going on a trip later on in the semester.
Here are some other tips:
- Another good thing to do is to let all your classmates know that you are going to be away. Ask them to keep you up-to-date with all class notes and get them to send you all the required information. Additionally, ask someone to remind your professor/s that you spoke to them earlier in the semester about taking some days off, so that your professor can contact you if any important deadlines change. Remember that professors may interact with thousands of students in their classes, so it is often hard for professors to remember everything their students tell them.
- If you are planning a three-day-trip right in the middle of your semester, it is a good idea to schedule your trip so that two of the three days are over the weekend. That way, you will just miss one day of classes and this might not be that big of a deal (depending on your degree). Moreover, if you are free to choose your own studying schedule and you know that you may want to go somewhere during the semester, try not to select important lessons which are held on Fridays or Mondays and, if possible, leave at least one of these days fully free of classes. Having three days off university every week means you can take an endless number of small trips during your semester abroad, with no harm to your studying.
- Generally, I would like to say that wherever it is that you plan to travel to, don’t go too far from your university and try not to neglect your studies. Instead, keep the balance in favor of them. However, remember that there are still lots of ways to combine studying and sightseeing while on a trip!