Academics is the most important thing when it comes to life at Pacific. Although “Zoom University” was a pain last year, classes are finally back to in-person this year, causing some underclassmen to struggle, as they have never truly experienced college academics in a classroom setting. 

As a student-athlete at Pacific University, I realize that time means everything and balancing responsibilities can be difficult. Throughout my time at Pacific, I have found some tips and tricks that help make life a little easier. 

The first tip I have is the importance of a good sleep schedule. With classes being online last year, it was very convenient for most of us to just roll out of bed 5 minutes before class, log on, and sit there looking at the computer screen. I know it is hard for most students who have numerous extracurricular activities to attend to, with the addition of homework. But getting as much sleep as possible will benefit energy levels and produce positive results in the classroom as well as other extracurricular activities. 

Another skill to take into account is time management, which sounds cliché but is crucial to one’s success. Falling behind on assignments and not making sure work is done will only increase the stress levels come finals. Keep tabs on upcoming assignments, tests, quizzes, and projects, listen to the lectures, and make good detailed notes that will help you study. 

Students should also take advantage of the professors’ office hours. Because of the smaller class sizes, the professors are always there to help students individually when needed. There’s no professor on campus that wants their students to fail. 

The last tip I have is to cherish time with friends. Even though there is a lot of work to be done when it comes to classes, there are still spurts of time here and there where you can hangout with friends. Taking that break away from reality and having fun will help you reset and not be stressed out 24/7, and it can create lifelong memories that you will never forget.

College is an eye-opening experience that brings many life lessons and challenges, as it prepares students for the real world. When you feel like things are too hard or you can’t do it anymore, realize how much you’ve accomplished so far and know that there are other people around you who are going through the same thing. — Todd Takeuchi

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Todd Takeuchi is a senior from Torrance, CA. He is majoring in Journalism, with a minor in Film/Video Production, and also plays for the baseball team at Pacific University. He hopes to make a career in the sports media industry after college. 

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