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    I've had a lot of thought about this, and I've decided to learn to play the electric guitar (when I get the money to buy one). It's because I've had a big general interest in rock music over the past few years and I would like to pursue a creative, musical hobby.

    However, my initial concern is that when I start university I'll really get into this hobby and get obsessed with it at the detriment of my degree work. Over the past few years I've been very evasive with picking up new hobbies; I've immediately thought that to remove the risk of getting carried away with them, that I shouldn't even pick up the hobby in the first place. This has helped my academia but I find I can't fully relax with what I currently do to break free from work, which involves going on the Internet and playing video games (I can spend hours doing these but I might benefit a lot from them). As a result I still don't feel fully rejuvenated once I get back to work. However, I feel picking up a musical instrument will benefit me personally since it will add a new level of depth to my hobbies.

    When I go to university, how can I pick up a hobby without it affecting my academia?

    Cut down on the partying, booze and the sex

    That should give you some more free time

    Time management - it is possible. For example I'm reading Medicine with European Studies, so I have the medical course and timetabled language classes. I also play two sports at university level and have worked part time for three of the four years that I have completed of my course. I also find time to socialise, gaze at the idiot box / play on TSR, or just sit gazing into space.

    If its important to you then you will find the time

    Unfortunately there is no single correct answer to this. You have to go with what works for you, be it only practising if you've achieved x/y/z that day, or only practising in a location away from your room so that you can't just idly pick up the guitar without thinking about it. Maybe once you got there you could ask a friend to look after the guitar for you and only "let" you use it occasionally? This might have to be done once you know people well though.

    Anyway. I'd just like to say that I thoroughly recommend it - playing music is a really great way to relieve stress and anger. If I play the piano vigorously for a bit it really drains out those kinds of feelings and leaves me feeling more relaxed.

    (Original post by OL1V3R)

    When I go to university, how can I pick up a hobby without it affecting my academia?
    That's the whole point. Employers would rather you have a 2:1 with loads of hobbies - join a sports club, societies, do work experience, get a part-time job, volunteer, complete the duke of edinburgh award etc rather than get a first with nothing else on your cv.
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