I know that for many of you, school started back up today. I hope you have a fabulous semester and become president one day.
In the mean time, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share with you 7 tips for college students!
I wish someone told me this stuff way back when.
1. Take a Break
I want to start with this tip, because many do not talk about it.
In movies and TV in general, the ideal life is depicted by portraying a cute college kid graduating HS, and then heading straight to a fancy four-year university. You’ll see clips of a gorgeous campus and sorority parties. Then the character will graduate college and get a bomb job, get married and get a house and have a baby!
This cycle is lovely for some, but not everyone is wired that way.
Some of us simply have to take time off…
Maybe you are unsure about what career path you want to take, maybe you can’t afford it, perhaps unmotivated, or even yet you want to discover yourself!
Take time off and do not force yourself to go straight to college, Personally, I found myself more determined and studious while I was in school in my mid-twenties.
I used my time off to work and travel a lot. I visited 10 countries in 3 years. Click here click to watch my video on how I did it. I did some research and found out that the U.S. is one of the few countries that does not encourage a leap year post HS to promote and encourage self-discovery, travel and rest.
Do you, sometimes that means you gotta take a break.
2. Don’t go to Community College without a Plan
Associate degrees are a waste of time if your ultimate goal is to earn a Bachelor’s Degree.
Plenty of students, (especially first generation university attendees), go this route because it’s “cheaper” or “buys them time”.
Well, I am here to say that I believe the contrary.
When I attended community college, I did so because I was not sure what I wanted to major in. I changed it like 4 times… because it was “cheap”, so why not? I took SO many classes I did NOT need.
To counteract that, I went for an Associate of Arts, and this took about 60 credits of pointless classes.
In the end, I ended up wasting money on “cheap” courses, and most importantly I wasted TIME.
Not to mention, while in community college you take a lot of the easy-peasy classes that are supposed to serve you as cushion in your GPA. That C in Trig wouldn’t be as bad if you had that A+ in Public Speaking to help ya out. But no, you took that class at your community college… (and it didn’t transfer.)
3. Join a Group
I’m not saying you have to join a sorority or a sport. That stuff isn’t some folks’ cup of tea, but even a study clique will help with making friends, networking, better grades, and fun!
Whether it’s a club or a study clique, just join one!
4. Get a Planner
Plan your assignments.
The first week of classes, I would look through each syllabus for due dates and write them in my planner’s monthly overview for the entirety of the semester.
This helped me so much with time management. It helped me juggle 6 classes and 30+ hours of work per week. Did I cry? Yes. But at least I didn’t drop out.
Hallelujah! Below is a photo of my graduation day.
5. Bug your Teachers
Oops, I meant communicate with your teachers.
Professors are humans! (Most) want you to succeed. They are ready to help with mentoring, tutoring or even adding you to a class despite closed enrollment.
Side Note: I took a statistics class. The final month was intense. I emailed my teacher questions that I thought would help me better understand the material, even visited her at her day job for tutoring. In the end, she curved my grade to an A…which I doubt I deserved.
6. Don’t be Afraid of Loans
Man, y’all I was so afraid of loans that I would work so hard to pay off my tuition out of pocket. In the midst of that, I would rack up credit card debt and live in stress.
My last semester, I decided to just take the plunge and get a loan.
Best decision ever!
I qualified for a subsided loan which basically means NO INTEREST for some time. I find that a much more comfortable debt to have compared to credit card debt that builds up insane interest and can most likely be terrible for your credit.
Also, instead of working so much to pay off the semester, a loan could help you utilize that time working at a lower paying job like an internship, that in return is a bigger investment for you.
This doesn’t mean hook up with Sally Mae. Run away from that bi**h.
I share my thoughts on the benefits of interning and how I got my internship here . But to cut it short, it’s a great way to gain experience, discover your passions and make connections!
What is your top tip for college students?
Anything you wish you did differently or would love to recommend? Let me know in the comments below.
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