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September 5, 2013

Back To School Series: Balancing Your Relationship and School

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With school started back up again, you might be facing a lot of new responsibilities. Your schedule isn’t as flexible as it used to be and suddenly your success has to do entirely with time management. Obviously your schoolwork is extremely important, but what if you’re in a relationship as well? You don’t want to neglect your relationship because you’re busy with school, but then again, you can’t forget about your education either. You must establish a balance between the two. If you don’t strike a balance, one or both of these areas will suffer. But how can you find balance? Here are some ways that you can keep your relationship alive and be successful in school as well:

Respect Each Other

Part of making a relationship work is respecting your partner’s commitments. If your significant other has a class or needs to work on a project, respect that. Don’t pester them or make them feel guilty for having other commitments. If your S.O. has gotten involved in any other activities, like sports or an extracurricular, respect their choice. You would want them to respect your commitments as well. Don’t be selfish and possessive. It’s not attractive, and you will lose the respect of your S.O. quickly. Learn to make time for each other outside of these activities. There’s always a way to get everything in there.

Plan For The Weekends (Or Simply Make the Time)

The weekend is a great time to plan to see each other. Even if one of you has committed to something on the weekends, it’s easy to slip in dinner and a movie or a quick coffee date. Not every date has to be extravagant or elaborate. Part of finding a balance is adapting to what works for your situation. If you can only get together for a cup of coffee every Sunday, make it work. The important thing is that you are still getting together and keeping the relationship alive.

Study Dates

Another great way to balance school and your relationship is to have study dates together. You don’t even have to be working on the same project. As long as you guys are in the same room and working on your assignments, you’re killing two birds with one stone. Plus, you’re both already in the same place, so it’s easy to have little study breaks where you can flirt, bond and communicate.

Keep Communicating

If your time spent together is now limited, make sure that you’re still communicating somehow. Maybe choose a less busy night to talk on the phone for a few minutes, or send a cute text in between classes. Simply letting your partner know that you are still thinking about them is plenty to keep the relationship thriving.

Find what works for you as a couple and for you as an individual as well. If you need some extra time to study, be honest with your partner and schedule another time for you guys to talk and stay updated on each others’ lives. School can be stressful, but it’s no excuse to let your relationship fall apart. As long as you both respect and care about each other, your relationship will survive the school year.





About the Author

Elizabeth Monsoor
Elizabeth Monsoor is currently working on her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington. While Elizabeth pursues a career in dance, she has rediscovered her love for writing. When she is not in class or at rehearsals, Elizabeth enjoys actively commenting on episodes of reality television and tweeting her observations on relationships several times a day. She has an “eyes wide open” approach to dating, acting as an unofficial advisor and commentator on her friends’ relationships. Elizabeth hopes that her opinions on relationships and her love of sarcasm both entertain and inspire her readers.




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