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How to Maximise Fun and Still Get A’s

It may be easier than you think to get good grades while still having as much fun as you possibly can.

Making the most of travel opportunities when you study abroad is arguably the first priority of many students. However, it’s crucial to remember that the grades you earn from your university abroad should be equally as important.

I know this was a major concern of mine going into my semester abroad; I was worried my grades would drop drastically or I would be too hung up on my assignments to truly enjoy my time abroad. I was relieved to discover this was not the case! 

After spending a semester in New Zealand here are my six tips to maximise fun and still get A’s:

1. Create a class schedule to suit

Work with your university to create a class schedule that suits you. I was able to choose classes that only required me to attend lectures and tutorials on Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week. This provided me with a ton of free time to get all of my course work done and still be able to travel.

2. Choose your courses carefully

Don’t overwhelm yourself with the courses you choose. It's better to take a lighter course load to minimise stress and free up time to have more fun.

3. Work collaboratively

Set up study and homework dates with your friends. This way, you won’t feel like you’re missing out on anything since you’ll all be doing work together. Plus, doing schoolwork with friends is always better as they provide much needed distractions!

4. Plan ahead

Planning ahead with specific times of the week to do school work will ensure you never fall behind on your studies and gives you the ability to plan around social activities.

5. Work in the outdoors

New Zealand has amazing weather and beautiful scenery so why not take advantage of this and do your course work outside. Typing a paper at the local botanical gardens or doing a couple of maths problems at the top of a mountain is a great way to spice things up!

6. Take your work with you

If you’re ever in a time crunch but don’t want to miss out on an opportunity, take your work with you. Flights, trains, and car rides create lots of waiting around which is perfect for working on your studies. 


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By Alexis LaReginaUS Study Abroad Student

Updated 2 years ago

Alexis LaRegina is a Human Development and Family Studies major at Penn State University in the United States, who studied abroad at the University of Waikato. Her favourite study abroad experiences were the people she met along the way and the beautiful places they got to visit together. 

*Views expressed are the blogger's own
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