If you have the beach close to you, fun waves around and interest in surfing or learning to do so, this is certainly one great way to pass your time. However, unless it is a weekend or you are on vacation, chances are that you have other things on your to-do list besides these three fairly basic points. Every student who surfs most likely knows the struggle to combine regular surf sessions with lectures, assignments and exams. The question is, though, does it really have to be a struggle?
For us as students, efficient time management is one of the most important skills to develop at university. Even though this saying might be stereotypical, but time management really is something we learn for life and not primarily for university.
However, our time at Nova SBE is still to be enjoyable for us and having some kind of balance to the work at university is crucial in this regard. With the opportunities that Lisbon and the close surroundings offer, surfing should at least be in the back of your mind for this purpose. This might be coming from me personally, but, for me, there is little better to take my mind off university and get some exercise at the same time than spending time in the water with friends to catch waves. Even the occasional wipeout will quite literally help you to clear your head.
Nevertheless, unless you live close to Costa da Caparica or Cascais, to go surfing does require a bit of time and preparation. This also means that it is necessary to organise yourself through your day or ideally even your week to avoid stress, since this is exactly what you want to get rid of with a hobby. Ultimately, the goal is to have your university work sorted and be ready for when the waves are pumping and you want to get out there.
This brings me back to the main topic of this article. Manage your time well and allow yourself some time off in exchange. The big advantage of having something that you are passionate about to force you to organise your time is that it naturally becomes a lot less of a struggle. It is easier to get up early in the morning if you know the first thing on your list is dawn patrol surf. It also becomes easier to stay motivated throughout the day if there is still a surf session waiting for you before sunset. This self-discipline and practice in time management will not only help you to get the most out of your time at the beach, but it is also directly applicable to university and, as I mentioned right at the beginning, even beyond that.
Christian is a Masters in Finance student at Nova School of Business & Economics. He discovered his passion for surfing during an internship abroad in Sydney, Australia, and is a staff member of Nova Surf Club since this semester.
Last modified: 01/10/2017