More sage advice from another college friend of mine…
How many times have you heard someone say that college is supposed to be the best time of your life? For many high school students making the transition to college, this saying brings a lot of pressure – it implies that not only are you supposed to make great grades, participate in every club, and network like crazy… You’re supposed to be having an amazing time doing it! So how exactly does one do it all? Spoiler alert: you don’t (nobody does!). But you can get pretty darn close if you follow my five secrets to success.
1.) Utilize a planner.
Whether you are using a crazy high-tech app or a good old fashioned paper planner, find one you like and stick with it. Write down everything – your assignments, your test dates, your social events. The act of writing things down actually helps you remember it later (http://www.lifehack.org/articles/featured/writing-and-remembering-why-we-remember-what-we-write.html).
2.) Make a list of goals/priorities.
Write down several things that are important to you (in order of the most important) and stick the list somewhere where you can see it every day. Visualizing your goals will not only remind you of your motivation for completing that mundane homework assignment, it can actually help you “practice” success (https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/242373).
3.) Take care of yourself.
This should probably be number one on your priority list – eat well, excercise, and get enough sleep. Your mental and emotional health closely follow your physical health. Stay fit and healthy and your brain will thank you! (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/25/opinion/exercise-and-academic-performance.html?_r=0)
4.) Keep things in perspective.
Let’s suppose that you stay out too late on a Sunday night and as a result, you bomb your Monday morning exam (oops). It’s the end of the world, right?! Take a deep breath (it’s probably not the end of your college career). While you certainly don’t want to make a habit of this behavior, making mistakes and learning from them is what college is all about. Practicing a healthy (and realistic) outlook on unfavorable circumstances is a skill that you will use for the rest of your adult life.
5.) Learn how to say no.
College is a time for embracing new experiences and for trying a wide variety of different things. But as I hinted before, nobody truly “does it all” (at least not without sacrificing sleep or sanity!). Learning when you’ve had enough and how to politely and tactfully decline an invitation when you’re maxed out is another incredibly useful skill that you will carry into your adulthood. Saying no is truly a critical step in living a balanced, well-rounded life.
Now that I’ve shared my personal secrets to success, what are some of your tips and tricks for balancing school life? Share this article on Facebook or Twitter and let us know how you’re setting yourself up for success in college!
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