As a sophomore Chemical Engineering Major, the only chemical engineering class I am taking this semester is Material and Energy Balances. It is a very challenging as you can see the class average for the first test is a 44 percent. Although the class is difficult, it is definitely doable if you put in the efforts to do well.
One thing that I have a lot of trouble right now is balancing academics and extracurricular activities. I want to put in one hundred percent effort for my classes, but often times, I feel like I don’t have enough time. I participate in many extracurricular activities. For example, I am in the new initiate class for Phi Sigma Pi, the national honors fraternity. Right now, I am in the process of finishing up initiation, which is a very big time commitment. I have to do 40 interviews with the brothers from the chapters, attend weekly meetings, and attend brotherhood events. Currently, I spend at least 3 hours on PSP, which takes away from studying time. In addition, I am the Vice President for my residence hall, and I have to attend weekly meetings and plan events for the residences. I am also the treasurer for Chinese Cultural Club, which is another big time commitment. On top of weekly meetings, I have to submit funding requests and budgets to take care of the financial aspect of the club.
With all these extracurricular activities I have, academic requirements become difficult to fulfill. However, academic is still my top priority. With a busy schedule, I try my best to use my time wisely and try not to get distracted. For example, I would go to classes during the day and schedule interviews with brothers during lunch hours or between classes if I have a gap. After class, I would attend my usual meetings for my clubs and do interviews with brothers. By the time I get back to my apartment, it is usually around 7 or 8pm. I spend majority of my nighttime studying or doing homework. It is very difficult that I have to stay up late all the time. However, my schedule will not be as busy after my PSP initiation. Overall, I think the most important thing when comes to balancing academic and extracurricular activities is to stay focus and not to get distracted.