Discussion: Making Time to Read at College / Uni

Discussion

*sighs heavily*. I wish I didn’t have to make this post, but I think this is a problem many of us face. So let’s bond over our lack of reading time, shall we?

First of all, I’m sure this also applies to some of you who are still in high school, but I never really struggled to make time to read then, and I can only speak from personal experience.

Ever since I moved to uni two months ago, my reading has just, well, stopped. I used to always be 3-5 books ahead on my goodreads challenge, but as of right now I’m 5 books behind. Wonderful. Will I complete my challenge? Probably not. There’s several reasons for this sudden decline in reading. First of all, I basically finished school back in January and had almost 8 months of free time, so it makes sense that I did quite a bit of reading then. Now, I have between 10 and 15 hours of uni per week, as well as 10 hours at my part-time job. That still doesn’t sound that much, but I also have lots of work to do for uni outside of my regular lectures. So yeah, it’s quite a bit. I actually seem to have acquired somewhat of a social life as well, so sometimes I’ll be meeting friends or going out with my flat, and as much as I’d like to, I can’t really take my books to that and read while they are talking, right?

Yes, I do still have quite a bit of free time, but sometimes when I get home from Uni and work, I just don’t want to read. I want to lie in bed with my laptop and a tub of Pringles and forget about the fact that I’m supposed to be a responsible adult now. But then I get up to get changed and realise I don’t have any clean underwear left so I cry and drag myself to the laundry room. Or I wear christmas socks in October, because that’s totally acceptable when you don’t have any other clean socks left.

My point is, having an actual life apparently means less time for reading. I don’t like it. I feel sorry for you adults. I know technically I am one myself but… naaaah.

There’s lots of posts out there on how to read more at college/uni and the tip they all seem to have in common, and the only one I can give, is to make time. I know, I know, that’s what everyone says, but it’s actually key to getting anything done in your spare time. As I said, I’m guilty of using my reading time for lazing around on my computer, and look where it got me. So yes, if you want to get any reading done, you need to actually make time for it. Read between lectures/classes, read while you wait for your laundry or your food to cook, read before bed. There’s no way around it. I don’t do any of these things very often and I barely get any reading done. There. Proof.

One thing I do like to do is take the weekends off uni work. I mean, my week is pretty stressful as it is, and I really don’t want to spend my weekend reading endless scientific papers online as well. So unless I have an assignment to do, I tend to stay very clear of anything Psychology on Saturdays and Sundays. Coincidentally, these are also the days where I get most of my reading done. And by that I mean that most of the time I read one book every weekend. I’ll read some here and there throughout the week, but then on the weekend I really sit down and just read. Just like old times, when my life consisted of literally nothing.

Yeah so… this post is probably not all that helpful, is it? The point is, if you’re struggling to get reading done at college/uni, you’re not alone! And it’s definitely possible to make time for reading, you just have to stay commited.

Tell me about your experiences with this – maybe you have some tips that are actually useful? We can be sad students together in the comments!

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I’m a first year Psychology student and I have loved books since my grandpa read them out aloud to me when I was a toddler. I could spend hours upon hours in bookstores, perusing and debating over which books to take home with me. There’s basically nothing better than curling up in bed with a cup of steaming hot tea and a good book on a rainy day, in my opinion, and I’d choose a night reading over a night out at the club any day. I read books from all genres and constantly aspire to broaden my horizons.
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9 thoughts on “Discussion: Making Time to Read at College / Uni

  1. This fall is my first semester of college, and I can completely relate to this post! It’s been really difficult for me to make time for reading, mostly because there are so many things vying for a spot on my list of priorities. I also have to read a lot for my classes, so whenever I think about picking up a book to read purely for pleasure I feel as though I should be reading for class. Hopefully I’ll have plenty of time to read during winter break!

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  2. I totally understand what you mean with this. When I was at uni I practically stopped reading for pleasure, but a lot of that was because I did English Lit, so had to read loads of books for that. They weren’t all to my taste either, so reading started to feel like a chore.
    Thankfully when I graduated I got back into reading again, and I haven’t stopped since!

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  3. Amen. Uni’s always getting in the way of reading (stupid Uni). I hate when you’ve had a really busy week with uni, work and socialising, while all my introverted self just wants to crawl into bed and read for 3 days straight! I just finished uni for the year, but I would always try and read on the train, so even if I didn’t really have anytime to chill and read that day I still got an hour of reading.

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  4. I totally relate to this! Which is weird as I did an English degree, so my degree was reading. But I never had time to read any books outside of the ones I HAD to read. Life definitely gets in the way of reading, but don’t worry about not having time to read as an ‘adult’ (yeah I never felt like one of those at uni either, I don’t think I am one now, to be honest..) because I actually think now I’ve graduated I read more than I ever did before – you have loads of time to read if you commute to work!

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  6. When I first started uni, I told myself that I would keep reading no matter what. After all, it’s just a matter of time management right?? Turns out uni led me to my longest reading slump yet and for about a year I did almost zero reading. By the second year though I was able to get back to my usual reading routine. I could really relate to this post, as will many college/uni students.

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    • I know, that’s exactly what I told myself… :/ But we’ll see, maybe I’m like you and I’ll get back to reading next year! 🙂

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