Finals are fast approaching for some and are nearly over for others, but either way, whether you're ready to swing into next year or still stuck in an examination rut this week, try some life hacks to ease your tension!
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It's supposed to be funny when someone says "I'm a broke college student" but I think it's stupid. Here's my unpopular opinion.
I've had a job since I was 16. My first day of work was the first weekend after I started my sophomore year of high school. It wasn't too difficult- I was literally only working on Saturdays and Sundays. The shifts were 4-7:30/8 pm on Saturdays and 11-2:30 on Sundays. I wasn't making a huge amount of money, but it paid for my gas money, and that was all I needed. So the first year I had my job, I was spending any extra money I had on food, movie tickets, and clothes.
Then reality hit when I knew I needed to start saving up for college. I started putting money into my savings account, and eventually I had built up enough money to buy a new old car. I know, it wasn't college tuition, but I needed it.
My first year living in the dorms, I figured out a system. I was putting $150 each week in a savings envelope, and each month I knew I had to pay $160 for my car payment. The rest of the money I made I put in envelopes for a new purse, clothes, vacation. I had a system going, and I didn't spend extra money on useless things unless I was rewarding myself. In case you can't do the math, that's at least $600 in my savings account each month, and most people can't figure out how to put away $100.
Now, as a sophomore in college, I watch people trickle into class with to-go food, to-go coffee, smoothies, and candy from gas stations or the shops on campus. Then I hear those same people complain about being "a broke college student." I'm sorry, but you're not a broke college student. You're a college student who pays for things you don't need, with money you have that you shouldn't be spending. You don't need to get Starbucks 3 times a day. You don't have to go to pitcher night at the local bar. You don't need to spend money on those things, but you do. And at the end of the month, you're broke, and begging your parents for money.
So, in my unpopular opinion, you're not a broke college student. You're a dumb one. Make a budget, give yourself some spending money, and stick to it. You'll thank me later.
1. Have a nice workspace/desk
I recently made this change and I feel 100% better.
2. Dress well
Personally, if I go to class looking like a bum, I feel like a bum. Dress for success!
3. Go to bed at the same time every night
Getting enough rest can really impact the rest of your day. Aim to get 7-9 solid hours of sleep each night this semester to avoid accidentally being grouchy at someone.
4. What am I doing for this upcoming week?
What are my goals this week? What’s going on this week? What do I need to work on for this week? If you go into your week blind, it never really works. I’ve done this before.
5. Don’t lose your class syllabi
This one paper has literally all of the due dates, test dates, readings and homework assignments on it. Make sure you always know where this paper is because you will be looking at it constantly, so don’t lose it.
6. Ask questions
If you’re in class and you have no idea what the professor is talking about ask, or email them! It’s good to ask questions because then your professor knows you care about their class so it’s a win-win situation. You ask questions plus the professor knows you care equals good grade in the class.
7. Take good notes
I can’t tell you how many times over the past semester I would look back at my notes and what I wrote didn’t make sense. Learn what type of learner you are to figure out how to take the best notes for yourself. I either write everything out by hand which takes forever (especially when the professor flies through the lecture) or I print out the notes and just write on those papers so I can actually listen to the lecture.
8. Get some homework done in between classes
In my schedule, I have a lot of time gaps in between classes just waiting around for my next class to start. Take advantage of this 30 minutes or 2-hour gap and work on some homework. You’ll thank yourself later.
9. Don't overload yourself
I’ve made a rule with myself to only do homework
Monday to Friday. That’s because if I work super hard during the week on my
work then I can have the weekends off as a mental break. There are a couple
exceptions to my rule like if I have a 5-page essay due Monday then yes, I’ll
work on it during the weekend or if I have tests coming up the next week then I’ll
10. Don't procrastinate
If you’re avoiding something, just get it done and
over with. If you have a really difficult
essay to write and then a bunch of easier assignments; start with the hard
assignment first to get it done. It’ll take the most time and then you’ll feel
relieved when you’re done with it.
11. Don't give up
The moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment
right before the miracle happens.
Just keep going.