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Make Time For Co-Curriculars

Finding that “sweet” spot between academics and non-academics is key to staying healthy and optimizing your university experience

Don’t Give Up What You Love

The majority of students enter university and give up almost everything they do outside of school to focus on academics. Instead of doing this, try to have a healthy balance between your academics and co-curricular activities. You risk losing your self-esteem by abandoning the things you love. This in turn can make the study environment even more challenging.

Balance Academics and Co-Curriculars

Finding that balance will vary for all individuals, but, most students and alumni will tell you that finding that “sweet” spot between academics and non-academics is key to staying healthy and optimizing your university experience. Participating in activities can take your mind off studying, help you de-stress, and improve your time management. It’s actually proven that volunteering or working for approximately 15 hours per week will improve your university grades.

Build Your Resume

On top of that, you’ll build your personal brand and your resume! You can do something you love, potentially earn some money, learn to manage your time better, and you’ll be building your soft-skills and experiences for future jobs.


Adapted with permission from Your Guide to Succeed in University (the #1 College book on Amazon, recent award-winning finalist of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards and best of all, entirely free!) by Aly Madhavji at Smashwords, © 2013 Aly Madhavji.

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About Your Guide to Succeed in University:

How to succeed in university or college? Every student wants to know; every student tries to discover his/her own strategies to succeed – some work, some don’t. Becoming successful in university sometimes feels like trial and error – with potentially serious consequences for failures.

The goal of this guide – Your Guide to Succeed in University – is to help students in university and college to become confident, well-rounded and successful in their overall education experience. This guide aims to equip you – the students – with the necessary tools for success in university and college.

This guide will help students with topics such as building a solid foundation in the first few weeks, efficient techniques for studying and preparing for exams, getting involved, finding the right mentors, networking, job searching with potential employers and preparing for a successful career.

About the Author:

Aly Madhavji, Author of “Your Guide to Succeed in University” strived not only to have a great academic experience but to build the best overall university experience. In university, he coordinated two successful referendums that annually raise $12,500 and $25,000 to support the campus food bank and to help student refugees in the pursuit of Canadian higher-education respectively. He served as a Governor of the University of Toronto where he was a member of the Executive Committee and Academic Board of the institution. Aly was a Books with Wings Coordinator with the University of Toronto International Health Program where he raised 312 university textbooks, with an estimated value of $15,000, for students in rural and impoverished areas around the world.

Aly is the VP Strategy and Chair of Access Empowerment Council, a not-for-profit organization created to inspire disengaged and marginalized youth and engage isolated elderly around the globe. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Toronto Mississauga Alumni Association and the College of Electors. Aly has been featured in The Medium and The Varsity newspapers, the Ismaili Magazine, Mississauga Magazine, and University of Toronto Press. Aly loves to spend his free time outdoors, playing sports, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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