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7 sacrifices that every student has to make and why that is completely okay

by Tim Reichel

Do you remember then? Shortly after graduating from high school, when you enrolled at university and started your studies full of hopes and wishes? You were highly motivated and determined to become an insanely good student.

But the disillusionment came quickly. High expectations and an incredibly exhausting initial phase destroyed your university romance faster than you could say "exam phase". Already after the first semester you knew: There is nothing for free here. Nothing at all.

This is what happens to many students. You start your studies with your own ideas and assume that things will go well. But it won't. If you want to study successfully and happily, you have to invest a whole lot of time and energy in the new phase of your life, especially at the beginning. You have to take your studies seriously and make sacrifices.

And by that I don't mean that you should throw a virgin goat into the nearest volcano. I'm talking about personal sacrifices that target your daily habits and with which you can positively influence your chances of success at university.

Now let's see what these are:


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Every student has to make these 7 sacrifices for their studies

There are many beautiful sides to your student life: you study what you like, you have a relatively free time management and you are not accountable to anyone. But besides these positive aspects, your studies will take some time - if you are serious.

If you are one of those students who want to get the most out of their studies and are willing to work hard for it and rise above yourself, then you will inevitably have to make sacrifices.

These seven are guaranteed to be part of it:


1. time

Successful studies that should mean more than just passing a few exams are not something you can do on the side. You have to invest time in studying that enriches you and contributes to your personal development. And this time will be missing in other parts of your life.

Make it clear to yourself that your studies are your profession. It's not a hobby that you can only devote to when you feel like it. If you want to study, then do it right. Otherwise every minute of it is a waste of time - and nobody can afford it.


2. Sleep

Getting enough sleep is important. But there will be phases in your studies in which you have to do without exactly that. Instead of turning around again in the morning, you will have to get up to get to the seminar or the important lecture on time; instead of flitting to bed on time in the evening, you will stay at your desk to study for the next exam or to finish your thesis.

In the long run you will find a way how you can adjust your sleep rhythm and also take longer breaks in between. But in the short term you will have to beat yourself up for a short night or two. Otherwise you will overslept your studies.


3. Hobbies

Do you have time-consuming hobbies that you do regularly or that fill up large sections of your day? Then be prepared for the fact that these hobbies will no longer have room in your schedule without compromises when you start a full-fledged degree.

Of course, you need a certain amount of balance and distraction - and you will easily find the time for that. However, it can happen to you that you have to temporarily sacrifice your private free time for your studies if it matters. Your training, strolling through town or going to a concert simply have to wait when it comes to preparing for the most difficult exam of the semester. Use your hobbies in these phases rather as a reward for your success in studies. So you get both under one roof.


4. Family and friends

The most painful sacrifices you have to make as a student concern those close to you. Don't get me wrong: If you are under a lot of pressure while studying and go through stressful times, you should not isolate yourself and withdraw completely. All you have to do is learn to prioritize and then focus when it matters.

That means: If you still have to prepare a seminar in the evening, you can't go out to party with your friends. If you have to study on the weekend during the exam phase, you cannot visit your parents. And if you have to hand in your thesis tomorrow, you cannot visit your partner later. You can catch up on all of this - but for the moment it makes more sense for you and your long-term satisfaction to prefer your studies. Just for a moment. And: if you address it openly and directly, your loved ones will understand and will not take it easy on you.


5. Vacation

Breaks and relaxation are just as important in your studies as productive learning phases: Without regeneration, your performance stagnates and you harm yourself in the long term. However, extensive vacations are not always an option during your studies.

Not only financially (unless you have a good additional income or rich sponsors), because: Depending on your fixed semester dates, a vacation of several weeks does not fit into your study schedule. During the lecture period there is a risk of collisions with your university events and after the lectures many students have exams, internships or homework. But even if there is no time for your dream vacation and you have to postpone your trip to southern Europe, you should still allow yourself short breaks between your obligations. At least for a few days after your exams.


6. money

Let's talk about money: if you decide to study, you are choosing not to work in which you would earn money. Of course, you can also work alongside your studies, but your salary will never come close to what you would get with a full position.

For you, this means: As a student, you have to live a little more frugally. You will not be able to fulfill all material desires and you will not be able to follow every need immediately. You won't be able to afford everything in every situation (at least not from the money you have earned yourself) - and you have to see how you can make ends meet. But if you are willing to make this sacrifice and invest in your education by doing without, you will easily make up for the financial losses later.


7. Compensation

Many students strive for a constant balance in life and try to bring everything and everyone into balance. But that will never work. If you want to grow, be successful and have fun doing it, you have to go to extremes. You have to sacrifice your balance and only concern yourself with one thing for a brief moment. Everything else is left aside.

When studying, it is at times like in a new relationship: For the moment everything has to revolve around one thing: Your current most important task (or your new partner). You must not pay any attention to anything else - or only little. As soon as you have survived the hot phase, you can take countermeasures again and provide some balance in your life. For the moment, however, you are giving up this balance - for your own sake.


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With all the sacrifices you have to make for a full and successful degree, there is one important thing you must not forget: studying is great.

Yes, it is exhausting. And yes, you will have to bite your teeth and fight your way through; but if you start your studies right and you realize that you have to invest energy and time to be happy in the end, you have already passed the biggest hurdle: the hurdle in your head.

Your studies are an investment. An investment in yourself. And as is the case with investments, you have to put a lot into your project at the beginning. But if you are ready, this deal will be worth it for you.

It will be exhausting, but it will pay off for you in the long run. In happiness, contentment and success. And it's worth every sacrifice.


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