College can often be overwhelming for anyone who is trying to balance multiple commitments, especially if it is a completely new experience for you.
These 7 tips are things that I have learned in my personal experiences through the first two and a half years of my college education.
- GET ENOUGH SLEEP! Seriously, nothing will benefit you more throughout your college education than sleep. If you are dozing off in the middle of class then you’re not really benefitting from being there to begin with. (P.S. This isn’t always easy, it’s still a work in progress for me.)
- Don’t procrastinate– At the beginning of a week, try to plan out when you will have time to do homework, study, and work on any long-term projects that you have. That way, you won’t be overwhelmed on any single day.
- Find a convenient job– If you need/want to make money during the school year, find a job that is flexible and easily fits your schedule, and try not to over-work yourself. There are lots of employers who are open to hiring college students and understand that you will sometimes have a hectic schedule. Also, on-campus jobs are a great choice!
- Don’t “spread yourself too thin”– Before you commit your time to a new project, think ahead and contemplate whether or not you have the time to dedicate to it.
- Education first– Completing a college education is no easy feat, so it needs to be your top priority.
- Save time to unwind– Always make sure that no matter how crazy life gets, you need to take some time to “stop and smell the roses.” Spend time with your family and friends, relax, just do something that you enjoy and let your brain rest.
- Take a deep breath– When all of the stresses of school and life get to you just take a step back and a deep breath, then come back to your life with a clear head.