How to nail the uni-life-relationship balance this semester

August 16, 2016
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So you’ve wound up in a relationship and you’re all about that ball and chain life now. Your single friends are pretty sure you’ve got a serious case of Stockholm syndrome because you’re totally digging being monogamous.

But now that uni’s starting to get more intense, you might feel like abandoning your relationSHIP. You’ve realised that, in reality, the uni-life-relationship balance isn’t easy to pull off.

To prevent the heartbreak, here’s how you and your partner can tackle uni and stay together like a total power couple.

Ixnay on the PDA

Now that you’ve coupled, you might feel like Tom Cruise jumping on Oprah’s couch back in ’05, but reign it in for the sake of the lonely people on campus.

PSA: Intimate make out moments are not so intimate when you’re grossing out 100 people on the main lawn.

Stay classy everyone

Accept the fact that when uni shit gets real, you won’t be seeing bae as much as you’re used to.

Don’t let the stress of uni and your lack of contact during exam time become a deal breaker.

Trust us, there’ll be plenty of time for bub dates when the semester quiets down. But at the same time, we’re not giving you an excuse to go Casper on your partner and ghost them.

You might be feeling stressed AF, but you can always find a moment together – even if it’s as simple as a bus ride home, coffee before class or chilling during your breaks.

Share the load

You want your relationship to be as glorious as a John Cena and The Rock partnership in a WWE tag team. The only way you’ll be able to give your teachers a TKO with how genius you are this semester is to help each other out.  

Switch essays and assignments for proofreading, test each other with flash cards and study together. Being a power couple is all about bringing each other up and celebrating each other’s success.

And if your partner isn’t about that life, it’s time to make like Snoop Dogg and drop the relationship like it’s hot.

Brownie points totally exist!

Yeah, your partner is totally keeping score. So here are a list of things that’ll get you on your partner’s good side when the going gets bloody tough.

-       Bring them coffee when they didn’t ask

-       Share some inspo with them when they’re stressed AKA all of the TED Talks

-       Recommend a good Netflix series that they’ll be able to binge on when they need a study break

-       Let them rant and actually listen

-       Give them a lift home so they don’t have to take the loser cruiser AKA the bus

Yeah you might not be at the same cute level as Michelle and Barrack Obama just yet, but there’s still time to make it as a dream team.

If you give your partner a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T á la Aretha Franklin, you’ll be just fine.

Eden Gillespie

Eden Gillespie is an International Studies/ Media student at UNSW with a love for breakfast bagels and Louis Theroux.