College can be overwhelming. Time management is suddenly critical; academics are on a whole ‘nother level from high school; and balancing work, school and a new social life rapidly become stressful, to say the least. Sadly, guidance is lacking and students have to be highly motivated to stay on track. It’s no wonder 1 in 3 students don’t make it back for sophomore year. Here are some tips to get you to graduation!
Keep your eye on the prize.
Distractions abound on a college campus. Your mind will be pulled in 20 directions, but do everything in your power to remind yourself of why you are really there. While it’s true that life is about the journey and not the destination, the choices you make now can alter your journey entirely. You should enjoy this brief period of your life, but you have to remember your end goals or you’ll veer off course, guaranteed! College is a vehicle to get you the life you want, so create a vision board or take up bullet journaling to keep you organized on track. Do what you have to do to stay focused.
Be like Sleeping Beauty, get some sleep.
If you’re living the dorm life your days of mom nagging you to get some rest are over. Nobody is going to tell you to go to sleep unless you’re roomy is an oddball. It’s all you baby, give your body what it needs, good night’s sleep. Get yourself in the habit of nightly routine to wind down, relax and catch some serious Z’s. Put that smartphone to work and use an app like Sleep Genius to get your nightly routine down.
You are what you eat; feed your brain with healthy food.
Don’t fall into the rut of fast food. Your mind and body need nutrition and if you feed it junk food constantly you’re only hurting yourself. Eating out here and there is okay, you’re in college; just don’t forget to eat food that benefits you. Eat some fruits, veggies and some high protein snacks to get you through classes. Remember, eating healthy also keeps you from getting sick all the time. It saves you money and frustration from trying to study while sick. If you aren’t sure what healthy meals are or where to start I recommend the book The Dorm Room Diet: The 10-Step Program for Creating a Healthy Lifestyle Plan That Really Works by Daphne Oz (daughter of Dr. Oz).
Take advantage of study groups and spaces.
Groups will get together, spontaneously or routinely, to study. You’ll hear about them in your classes and you might see notices on bulletin boards in the library. There is strength in numbers and it’s important to surround yourself with positive peer pressure, so join in on these groups. Keep your GPA up, so you don’t have to repeat classes (and spend a fortune doing so) or risk losing scholarships.
You’ll also notice designated study rooms in the library. Reserve these for yourself or create a group. They’ll help minimize distractions and give you a formal spot to take homework or research more seriously.
Get to know the campus.
College campuses have a lot to offer, even small ones. Go wonder and get acquainted with where everything is. You may have had a million things running through your mind during your initial tour and missed a few things. Do you know where the clinic is? Do you know what services are offered there? That’s one spot you’ll want to familiarize yourself with, as you’ll be eligible for discounted services that you won’t get if you run to an urgent care center when you’re sick. How about career services? What about a center that helps find opportunities to study abroad, or another that places you with organizations in need of volunteers? If you’re going to get the most out of your college experience, you need to know what the “most” means.
Get to know the clubs and organizations.
The best cure for home sicknesses is involvement. If you’re staying busy and making friends, you won’t have time to imagine things you might be missing back home (Here’s a hint: You’ll regret quitting due to home sickness. You can always move back after you graduate.) There are tons of clubs, aside from sororities and fraternities, for you to participate in. In addition, these clubs can give you valuable experience for your future resume, scholarship opportunities, and possible employment.
Get your social fix and personal time in.
Making friends with good people is always an important part of college. It’s also good for your well-being. It’s an amazing time of life so take advantage of positive friendships every chance you get. Find out if there are any free events happening near your campus and go out with your group of new friends. Weather got you down? Have a mini hangout sesh with a few friends and kick it in the dorm with Netflix and some snacks. Be sure your roommate is cool with friends hanging out beforehand. You want to be respectful of them in case they have a major test early in the morning. Or maybe you just need some alone time. Overall, just enjoy yourself and have a good time and be safe about it.
Amazon Prime for Students
Amazon Prime for Students is a must have if its in your budget! You get streaming movies, TV, music, order groceries and necessities and free shipping! Create a wishlist of products you use regularly and share it with your parents. Any time they ask if they can help you can let them know you need something on that list.
Follow this advice and you won’t just survive college, you’ll thrive.
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