It’s that time again..the school year has begun! I know I am outside the norm, but I was actually ready to get back to college. I had been on summer vacation for about four months and I was beginning to really miss my friends and that amazing college atmosphere. During the summer, my routine is completely out of whack, and once I get back to college I feel like I can schedule my life a little easier. Now that college has begun, however, I quickly remembered why they give us a summer break. College. Is. Hard. Understatement, right?
Looking back, high school was a breeze. I had plenty of time for schoolwork, family time, friends, sports, and me time. Now, I have to really pay attention to where I spend my time. Is all my homework done? Did I call my family this week? Do I have time to go watch a movie with friends? If I go watch that movie can I afford the ever-rising price of tickets? The list goes on and on. Sometimes college life is overwhelming, and I have to stop and take a minute to breath.
So, how do we find a way to make time for everything and everyone in our lives? The honest answer is, we don’t. It’s nearly impossible to make time for the thousands of things going on in our life. However, there are ways we can make sure we are getting the most important things done and keeping our relationships healthy. Here are a few ways that you can “do college right.”
What is important to you? Are you a family person? Then take time to check up on how your family is doing. Give them a call, shoot them a text, or even Facetime them. I’m sure they would really appreciate it. Do you really want to make good grades to boost your GPA this semester? Then try waking up a little earlier or staying up a little later to read through your notes before the next class. I know it may feel like a waste of time, but reading through your notes does actually help to keep things fresh so hopefully you can do less cramming before the test. You can also check out my course on improving your studying here!
2. Write it down
Make a list of those priorities so you don’t forget them! I don’t know about you, but if I don’t write things down in my notes or reminders on my phone, it usually gets pushed to the back of my mind. Then, I end up having to take an extra trip to get it done, which also means spending more money. So, to prevent from having to assess your life all over again, write down what your priorities are and keep them somewhere you can see them.
3. Make a plan
How are you going to get these things done? If you’re like me, your list is about twenty things long. In order to get these things done in a timely fashion, instead of killing time with Instagram and Facebook as soon as you wake up, try knocking at least one thing off the list. Before sitting in the cafeteria an extra forty-five minutes to socialize, think about the things you need to do and try to eat and socialize at the same time so you can go back to your room and get things accomplished. Also, try to take advantage of those precious minutes between classes!
4. Get it done
Whatever it takes, do it. Think about ways you can accomplish everything on your list. Cut back on Facebook, Instagram, and sadly Pinterest. Be efficient. Find a place where you can get your homework finished in the shortest amount of time while still doing it correctly. Get involved in a study group so you can knock out socializing and studying all at once. However, make sure there is more studying being done than socializing. Call your family and see how the pets are doing. Try to go home once a month if possible. Go to the cafeteria with friends. I know going out to eat is fun, but it is also expensive. Try to do it as little as possible so you can actually afford tuition. However, it’s completely fine to treat yourself every once in a while!
Prioritize, write it down, make a plan, and get it done. These are great steps in doing college right which have helped me make it through college with a solid GPA, amazing friends, close family, fun memories, minimal stress, and just enough sleep. I hope they help you through your college journey and that you have a great semester!
What are some of the things that have helped you make it through college? I would love to hear the in the comments below!
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