Self-Care Maintaining My Academic Work-Life Balance

Category Student Spotlight


Samia Afrose Class of '25
Authored on July 17, 2023


Throughout the academic year, there are times when the workload can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are many ways to address this issue and many resources students have access to. I will share some ways I try to maintain my work-life balance at Harvard. 

  1. Hanging Out with Friends

When I first came to campus, I was quite reserved and hesitant to open up about my struggles and hardships. However, my friends created a very comfortable environment for me. They created the space for me to be vulnerable and provided me with resources and assistance in any way they could. They are some of my biggest support systems on campus and my family at Harvard. 

  1. Going on Walks
The Charles River

One of my favorite parts of Harvard is how close it is to the Charles River. I love going on walks and clearing my head while enjoying the view - it is a great way for me to reflect. Another great thing about the Charles River is that Memorial Drive is closed on Saturday so students, residents of the Greater Boston area, and kids will bike, walk, roller skate, and skateboard down the street, and others will have a picnic or study session by the water. 

  1. Watching a TV Show or Movie

After a long day of work or a long study session, I like to watch an episode of a TV show to reward myself, and temporarily take my mind off of school work. I usually watch Turkish shows and lately, I’ve been watching the show The Summer I Turned Pretty.  

  1. Treating Myself After Completing Large Assignments


Ice-cream from Ben & Jerry's

I like to reward myself with a Playa Bowl or ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s after an exam or submitting a big project. I think it is important to reward yourself after any big or small accomplishment because it is a step forward.

  1. Reset and Reorganize
Desk with laptop, planner, and other tools.

Abraham's Shredding

I like to take time out of my weekend to create a to-do list of tasks for the week, update my Google Calendar, clean my room, and do what is necessary to prepare for the upcoming week.

There are many ways and preferences to practice self-care on campus, and it is critical to take the time to focus on yourself and take care of yourself during the busy academic year.

Samia Afrose Class of '25

Hi! My name is Samia Afrose.