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5 Tips for a Successful Year at College

Posted Nov 16 2009 10:01pm

college2 September marks the beginning of the new school year.  And although there is much excitement as college students head back to their university of choice, there is also a lot of stress and pressure that they undergo.  Four years really fly by and making the most of them is what will make your experience most rewarding and successful.  Here are some tips:

  1. Explore: Although almost every curriculum has “core requirements” and pre-requisites, it is important to explore the topics that peak your interest…even if they have nothing to do with your major.  If you want to take a dance class, do so.  If you want to learn how to make rockets, look for an introductory class.  You can even create your own classes by doing independent studies.  Exploring your interests is what leads to discovering your passions.  And having passion for what you do makes your future that much sweeter and exciting.
  2. Stay Well Rounded. All work and no play makes Jane a dull girl.  Finding courses you love is important, but getting involved in extracurricular activities that you enjoy (other than drinking) is also just as important.  Volunteer for campus initiatives…join the choir…play intramural sports…find things that you love that will take your mind off of your grades and classes and allow you to enjoy life.
  3. Maintain Balance. In college, “ being in balance ” is probably one of the most difficult states to maintain.  It is typical to work really hard, as well as play really hard, often neglecting your need for sleep and health.  Make sure you take time out for yourself to decompress, relax and have some down time.  Stay active through exercise, intramural sports or gym classes.  Avoid the late night munchies and unhealthy foods in the cafeteria and get your 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.
  4. Don’t Procrastinate. Practicing time-management skills in school will be one of the most valuable things you can teach yourself for the rest of your life.  Avoid waiting until the last minute to get your work done.  Cram sessions aren’t good for your mind or your grades.  Plan your semester out by keeping a calendar with all of your key assignments and due dates on it.  Schedule enough time for each so that you can put enough attention and dedication to preparing for them appropriately.
  5. Build Solid Friendships. The friendships you build in college will last you a lifetime.  Look to make friendships that are mutually supportive, where both of you are their for one another.  Build in time together that is both fun, and productive.  Rely on each other when you are going through rough spots and celebrate your accomplishments together.

Enjoy your time in school this year and good luck!

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