May 14, 2016

How Much Reading Can You Realistically Get Done In College?

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There's no real rhyme or reason to today's post, it's just been something that I've been pondering for quite some time. As some of you may know, I'm a high school senior (with about a month and a half left until I graduate!), so a lot of changes are ahead.

One of the biggest changes that I'm going to be experiencing is going away to college. It's something that I'm definitely ready for and super excited about, but with that move will come a lot of changes. My schedule is going to be so much different, my daily tasks will change...so naturally, I've found myself stressing about just exactly what's going to be happening with my reading time.

Will I have more time to read, or less? Realistically, I know that I probably won't be able to read and blog as much as I do right now, especially because I have so much free time at home. I'm not quite sure how much free time I'm going to be having in college.

I just want to still be able to enjoy books, because I know that once you have to go out into the real world and be an adult, your reading time significantly slows down. I've just been pondering how much reading time I'll ACTUALLY get in college -- I'm hoping it's at least as much as I'm getting now. Maybe a little more would be nice. I don't plan on stopping the requesting of ARCs and reviewing and blogging when I move in at college, so hopefully I'll be able to work my blogging stuff into my school schedule as well. 

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If you're a current college student, what're your thoughts on this? Have you found yourself reading more than you did in high school, or less? College bloggers - have you been more or less productive since move-in day? Comment down below and let me know your thoughts, because I'm super curious to see how it worked out for everyone, since it's a change I'm about to go experience myself.

For now, it's time to go pick up a book and make the most of the abundance of reading time I currently have! Talk to you guys later!

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16 comments:

  1. I ended university with a A- average and still read 150+ books a year. It depends on your program and your personal goals for reading. But make the best of those years!

    Jamie @ Books and Ladders

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    1. That's my goal! I want to be able to get a lot of reading done while still enjoying the college experience.

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  2. i've only blogged during college and i read for pleasure way more in college than i did in high school--and i attend one of the best universities in the world, so supposedly it should be "hard." i'd say it's all in what you make of your free time. you could spend your free time partying, reading and blogging, or studying, it's up to you (and i'm not including actual, set aside homework time in free time). yes you will have to go to class, yes you will have to do homework at least every other day, and yes you should go to social events, but in the hours in between, it's up to you to do what you want to do. there's also the fact that homework isn't due every single day that gives you a lot more free time.

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    1. I'm someone that likes to go out and adventure, but I can be a homebody at times too, so I'm hoping that I'll still have a little bit of time.

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  3. I agree with everything in the comment above! I only blogged during my college years, but you definitely have to set time for blogging and reading, which is hard. The month of April was bad for me because I was too stressed with assignments and papers. Obviously this depends on whether you have a job/hard classes/social life, etc. I had a ton of time my freshman year, but I didn't really start blogging until junior year, which was so much more harder.

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    1. I plan on setting aside time each night to read at least ONE chapter of whatever book I have at the moment, so I'll be able to at least do SOME of my blog work.

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  4. I just finished my first year of college, and I read way more during high school then I did this past school year. The first semester was especially difficult to keep up reading for pleasure/blogging and school/college life. During the second semester, I found more of a balance and was able to read a little more, but I was still very busy. I had homework due almost everyday, but I learned to take time just to read for me, even if it was only a chapter a day. Like what others said above, it'll depend on your college, classes, and schedule. I personally had a full load of hard classes, but my roommate on the other hand seemed to be just floating by and was always hanging out with friends/watching netflix. I'm still wondering how she passed her classes. Overall, I had way less free time, but it does get better. This is coming from a shy, introvert who likes to stay in at night and who made two close friends that like to do the same.

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    1. Your situation sounds like what I'll be expecting for mine -- super busy the first semester, but possibly able to find a little bit of time the second. I definitely agree with setting aside time to do at least a chapter a day!

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  5. I've been reading the comments above, and maybe I'm just a sucky reader/blogger, but I did not have it in me to read a lot or blog in college. I just finished my second year of college, and I tried to maintain blogging, but it didn't work out for me. Like others said, it really depends on your schedule and classes you take.

    My social life isn't particularly booming in college, but it's still much more active than it was in high school. I live just a few doors down from my best friends, so of course I spend a lot of time hanging out with them. I will also warn you, the fear of missing out is very real in college. I don't go to parties or anything, but when all my friends are hanging out and watching a movie, I don't want to be the odd one out. Plus, I'm in a sorority and busy with several different organizations. It's all very time consuming.

    On top of all that, I am double majoring in English and creative writing, and I have a minor. My class load is pretty packed. I also take online classes. When you put all that together, you get a lot of guilt when you try to read for pleasure. When I'm reading a YA book, I just think about how I should be reading my sociology textbook or my British lit assignment.

    I guess I'm just trying to say that it really depends. It is possible to make time for reading. It's about priorities, and mine shifted a lot during the school year.

    - Lefty @ The Left-Handed Book Lover

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  6. I don't blog, but I do love to read. I was worried about this as well when I got to college, but I still prepared to read just as much as I did in high school, which my family made fun of me for since they thought I was insane to think this was going to happen. But I have successfully read about the same amount as I did in high school in college. I make it a point to put away everything else at night and read before I go to bed. I may not be reading during the day like I used to, but I still read a good deal amount of books. I have to say though, that the amount of "fun" books I read highly depends on the classes I am taking. For the last two quarters I took YA and Children's Lit and had to read those books at night instead of my own choices. Now I only have my math classes (I am a Math major) and have the freedom again to read what I want. Like previous commenters have said, you really have to make it a priority, otherwise it will be really easy to get pushed aside. Good luck with your first year!

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    1. I totally plan on making it a priority! Thanks for your advice. :-)

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  7. So I'm no longer in college, but I actually started my blog while I was a senior in college. The first few years were definitely overwhelming and my reading slowed, but that was partly because I was an English major and already reading a ton of novels for class (I still managed to read about 15-20 "fun" books of my choosing each year though, which isn't bad all things considered). Once I adjusted to college I actually found I had a lot of time to read for fun because my schedule was so spaced out (like I'd only have class two days a week, etc., rather than in high school having 8 hours of class M-F).

    -Cristina @ Girl in the Pages

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    1. I plan on being an English major, too! I think my university offers a YA class, which is helpful because I'll be able to kill two birds with one stone - read those books for class while also reading material to review on the blog!

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  8. I've got around three more years 'till I reach college, but I've always been thinking the same thing. My older sister graduated from college a long time ago, and while I was watching her study every week (she often slept late), I've been thinking that if I become as busy as her, then will I ever have time to do some reading? Especially since I plan to really study for college and get high grades. Hopefully, I can read at least 20 or 10 books every year once I reach college.

    That being said, whenever I think of enrolling for college, I always feel so nervous. >.<

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    1. Even if my reading slows down I'll be fine - as long as it doesn't STOP, I'll be happy!

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