Hey Lou, how do I balance schoolwork, sleep, and a social life?
by Louie Demetroulakos on Friday, October 25th, 2013
My friend, if you do not hunt, you will not eat. I will give you a three-part answer to address each piece of the puzzle. To commence, schoolwork is the core of Milton Academy. Your will to work should be stronger than Matt Morin’s (I) biceps. To thrive in the vast ocean of knowledge surrounding you, it is integral that you have a compass to guide you along. Your compass should come from within. Know why you are doing your schoolwork, let the very essence of why you study become ingrained in your blood. Survival is dependent on your will to accept the various challenges and overcome the obstacles in your way. Always remember where you came from, and don’t forget who we are, “The few, the proud, the Miltonians.”
I am a big believer in the power of sleep. Sleep and school work go hand in hand in the sense that after a bit of practice, you can actually accomplish both at the same time. Have you ever tried reviewing notes right before you get into bed? I have found that in addition to my wild dreams about volcanoes and panda bears, if I review material before bed, the knowledge will swim around in my brain. Instead of seeing panda bears and volcanoes, my dreams are filled with panda bears jumping into volcanoes while reading The Norton Anthology of English Literature in a thick Boston accent. When you can control your dreams, life is a lot of fun. Sleep does not have to be the act of closing one’s eyes and lying flatly on a platform with pillows. You can make sleep exciting by spicing up your dreams with small doses of late night literature or some Spanish soap operas.
If I were a doctor, I would suggest 8-10 hours of sleep. I do realize, however, that we have a lot of schoolwork. If 8-10 sounds unrealistic, try getting 7 hours of solid, fun sleep, in which Shakespeare-reciting pandas scale volcanoes. The more you sleep, the more enlightened you are. But take heed and make sure that your homework is finished before hitting the pillow and dreaming of unicorns and hot summer days.
The key to having a great social life is efficiency. You need to be efficient like a Prius if you want to balance schoolwork, sleep, and a social life. Don’t worry because having a good social life doesn’t necessarily have to involve Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. Involve yourself in clubs, the arts, athletics, and other things that you love to do. I wish you the best of luck as you navigate the ocean of life. Do what you love, love what you do, and always remember, “Dare to be True.” As the French say, “Bon Voyage!” And as the Jewish say, “L’chaim.”
Your Friend, Big Lou
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