How to Have a Successful College Experience
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For you Freshman, first off, congratulations! You have finally made it out of high school and you’re now headed to college! (Woohoo) College is so different than what you’re used to with high school. Maybe you’re living in a dorm room, student housing, or an apartment but you don’t have your parents to rely on for making you dinner every night, doing the grocery shopping, or all the other little things they do for.
So here are some key tips to help you find your footing as a college freshman, or whatever year you’re in;)
Don’t buy junk food
You are what you eat, if you eat junk you’re going to feel like junk. Instead try buying fresh fruits and vegetables. They are waaaay cheaper and so much better for you!
If you don’t know how to cook find someone who does, or learn from youtube videos. I promise you will miss your mom’s cooking. Plus eating cereal for dinner every night is going to make you wish you knew how to cook a hot meal. So do yourself a favor and fill your shopping cart with fresh foods and ingredients to cook with.
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Since you’re a student you probably have F R E E A C C E S S to the campus gym. Take advantage of that free gym! Once you’re no longer a student you will have to pay about $20+ for a gym membership every month.
Working out and eating right are going to dramatically affect how you feel. For example you will feel a lot happier, have more energy, you will have a lot more confidence, and…
you’re going to avoid the “Freshman 15” the sophomore 20, etc.
Don’t spend all your time in your room
Even if your roommates are lame and don’t want to socialize. Putting yourself out there will help you make lifelong friends, and you’ll create some unforgettable memories. But that can’t and won’t happen if you’re hiding in your room all day.
Things you can do to get out of your room:
- Study on campus
- Join study groups
- Just do your homework in the main area of your apartment
- Join a club
- Go to the gym
- Go running outside
- Get a group to go hiking
- Check out the the school’s events
These are all important for getting to know your roommates, meeting strangers who ask you on dates, finding life long friends, and growing your social life. Yes college is to obtain an education, but don’t deprive yourself of the social aspect.
Ask questions in class
Chances are, there are about 15 other people in the same class that are just as confused as you are. If you ask clarifying questions your assignments are going to be easier, and a heck of a lot less stressful. Tests will be easier to study for and pass.
Asking questions in class actually boosts your confidence, and helps you retain information.
Take a chance! Whether you’re a guy or a girl ask your crush out. You heard me girls. Times are changing, it’s not taboo to ask a guy out. If you are too shy, apply the 20 seconds of courage rule. Basically it just takes 20 of courage to start something. Don’t think about it, just tell yourself you can have courage for 20 seconds. Walk up to your crush and just start talking. You can fake confidence (aka practice confidence) again and again until it becomes real.
Don’t be afraid of rejection. The worst thing that can happen is the other person saying, “No.” But hey, that means you don’t have to spend $20 dollars that night, and you won’t be wasting your time on someone who doesn’t think you’re worth their time. Don’t take it personally just move on until you do find that person who will put you before anything else.
And that’s what you have to look forward to when you take a chance, is finding that special someone who would drop everything for you. So put yourself out there, embrace life, and most importantly know your worth.
College is the prime time to find yourself. To find your passions and what you want to do with your life. So I recommend trying new things, read new things. Don’t just do your required reading assignments, your school has a library full of free books for you to use. Take advantage of this! That is free knowledge right there. Choose 1 new book a month to read. If you can’t decide on a career or a major I suggest finding books that interest you, books you never thought of reading like business, self help, fitness, science fiction, etc.
Just start somewhere, because reading is going to lead you to a road of success:
If you read only one book per month, that will put you into the top 1% of income earners in our society. But if you read one book per week, 50 books per year, that will make you one of the best educated, smartest, most capable and highest paid people in your field. Regular reading will transform your life completely.
Set academic goals, career goals, social goals, how you want your life to be like in 10 years, the quality of life you want, etc. My goal since I was a kid was to be great. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to be great at it. And I am, there are a lot of things in my life that I am great at doing, and that brings me a sense of accomplishment.
While you’re setting goals make sure they are achievable. Create an action plan so you have a step by step outline of how you’re going to reach those goals.
Keep a planner or a calendar
Take it to all your classes and keep track of when your assignments are due, and upcoming tests. Use your planner to stay organized and prioritize what you do each day.
I always recommend doing the hardest thing first. As Mark Twain said:
If you eat a frog first thing in the morning that will probably be the worst thing you do all day.
Meaning if you had to eat a frog, would you want to save it for the end of the day? No, because you would spend all day dreading when you have to sit down and swallow that frog, eyes, legs and all. So do the hardest thing first and you will feel accomplished and the easy things you have to do will be a breeze.
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Study in advance
Your professors will always let you know when a test or an assignment is coming up. Put that planner or calendar to use and plan ahead. If you want to have average grades and feels totally stressed out, then procrastinate.
But if you want to succeed and live above “C’s” get degrees, then study for upcoming tests week(s) in advance. Eat the frog and get started on the big projects when they’re assigned.
Cramming is definitely something you want to avoid. Studying a week or 2 in advance will ensure that you know the material and as you study you’ll find information you need more clarification on. You’ll be able to ask smart questions during class, you’ll be able to bust out that test, and get good grades on every assignment.