- Class attendance is incredibly important. Before going into college, I had no idea that attendance was such a large part of my grade (in some of my classes, attendance has counted as much as 40% of my final grade). As fun as college can be, make sure you get to class.
- Snacks are your best friends. Seriously…if you don’t have time for breakfast, miss lunch, or are studying late into the night, snacks will always be there for you. Stores such as Costco, Target, and Walmart often offer boxes of snack packs of chips, pretzels, popcorn, and trail mix at a pretty good price. Some other quick and easy snack ideas are mini cereal boxes, apples, granola bars, carrots, mini bags of M&Ms, protein shakes, bottled smoothies, and nuts.
- Study the way that works for you. A lot of people claim that you’ll learn more if you study with study partners, at a coffee shop, in complete quiet, or while listening to music, but you truly need to find the way that works best for you. If you’re getting more distracted by studying in a noisy area, then go somewhere else. There are no right or wrong ways to study (though handwriting your notes has been proven for better memory retention) so find the way that works best for you.
- Give yourself me time. Friends, parties, concerts, events, boyfriends, and girlfriends will always be there, but if you’re sleepy and stressed, you won’t be having as much fun.
- DRINK WATER AND STAY HYDRATED.
- Keep in touch with your advisor. It’s common to feel like you’re lost halfway through the semester, so check in with your advisor at least twice a semester to make sure you’re on track.
- Do not be afraid to ask for help. Ask your advisor, friends, your RA, your family, anyone for help if you need it. There’s a lot going on in your life, and you don’t have to do it alone.
- You are not obligated to anyone or anything. Be yourself, be self–confident, and do the things you want to do. Try different clubs and classes, encourage yourself to make new friends and explore different opportunities. You can say no and hang out with different people, you don’t have to go out with every person that asks you on a date, you can try new things…keep in touch with your goals.
- The difference between being lazy and procrastination. It’s totally normal to just want to lay around in your pajamas all day and relax, even when you know you have things to do. Having “productive” lazy days are good, and they allow you to unwind and relax. An example of a productive lazy day would be that maybe you just spend the day doing things you like to do, but don’t put off things you have to do. Maybe you have to read a book for class, so you decide to go to the park and read, and grab a cup of coffee along the way. Procrastination on the other hand, is just avoidance because you are too afraid or not sure if you should be completing such a task. By procrastinating, you’re going to become more stressed and anxious. Deal with those moments head on as they come up in your life, and use all of your resources to tackle any assignment, situation, or thing you’re procrastinating against. You’ll feel a lot better, calmer, and stronger once you complete a task.
- Take advantage. Find out if your college offers study abroad and internship programs. Take advantage of things that come your way, and create goals. Anything is possible. Use your phone to set timers to get tasks done, set reminders, and keep track of appointments. Take advantage of professors’ office hours, meeting with your study group, the quiet moments in the morning, the gym, an empty dorm, the library, and all of the other opportunities that come your way.
Possibly the biggest lesson I have learned is that even though I know I will have my own adventures through life, I should still listen to all of the advice that people have give me. Advice is free and valuable, and you can learn so much from other people, whether you act on their advice or even if it’s bad, you can still learn from it.
What are some of your college tips?