7 Traits to Being A Successful College Student

7 Traits to Being A Successful College Student

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No one ever said that being a college student was going to be easy.  In fact, being a college student is a very challenging and daunting task.  It is important to exhibit certain traits in order to maximize your years in college.  The following is a list of traits that will enable you to be position yourself onto a path of collegiate success.   

1. Time Management. This will be your life savor in college.  College students are notorious for their lack of sleep, up-all-night studying, and overall, subpar balance of time.  I am here to tell you that this does not have to be.  You can get enough sleep every night while still fulfilling everything that needs to be done.  It is called MANAGING YOUR TIME!  Don’t spend hours on Social Media or watching Netflix.  Get your work done first and then do the “fun stuff!”  I promise you, this actually does help.  One you can figure out how to complete all your work, have fun, and still get sleep, then you know you have made it.   

2. Determination.  There are two types of college students: those who make it and those who break it.  There is one common trait among the students who make it: determination.  Without the drive and motivation to gain the most knowledge out of college courses/do the best you can on assignments and exams, then you will definitely fall into that break-it crowd.  Set goals and let college be the time to figure out how you are going to achieve those goals.  Keep your eye on the prize!   

3. Focus.  Any college student can tell you how many distractions there are in one day.  There are so many other activities for you to do besides your school work that it is very easy to get off track.  Always remember to remain focused on what you came to college to do: gain an exemplary education to build a future, successful career.  Do not let the parties, sporting events, or any other type of distraction faze you.  Remember what you came to college to do and conquer it.   

4. Priorities.  If there is one piece of advice I can pass down to any student entering college, it is to set priorities.  Clearly, it is impractical to be studying 24/7.  You will drive yourself insane!  That does not go to say that the majority of your time should be spent studying and doing well on academics.  Either way, it is important to categorize your activities in order of importance.  Setting these priorities will allow you to stay organized and accomplish tasks in an efficient and effective manner that will leave you feeling proud, relieved, and ultimately, happy!   

5. Flexibility.  There are no two days in college that are the same.  Each day throws another challenge at you, a test to your determination and will power.  Because of the ever-changing nature of college, it is important to remain flexible.  Some days you will not have a lot of work and other days you will be completely bogged down with work.  It is important to be able to adjust to those different types of days while maintaining a healthy lifestyle balance.   

6. Communication.  It seems as if the mode of communication takes on different forms for different people.  Regardless of the form of communication, communicating with classmates, roommates, and professors is key to a successful college career.  Talk to your classmates and talk through struggles in classes.  Form study groups to maximize learning and preparation for exams.  Talk to your roommate.  Whether you are best friends with your roommate or complete strangers, talk through any problems and form a healthy relationship (because you’re stuck with them for the year…).  Most importantly, communicate with professors.  Do not just shoot them an email.  They appreciate when you go up and talk to them in person.  Take advantage of office hours and never be afraid to ask them questions or for assistance!   

7. Engagement. Finally, the best way to become a successful student in college is to become active and involved in the school and local community.  Academics comprise only so much of what college is about.  Get involved in clubs that support your majors/minors or just your interests in general.  Explore different career paths and have fun with whatever activities you partake in.   

Following these seven attributes is sure to lead you in the right direction of a successful college career.

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15 Stores That Have Free Gifts For You On Your Birthday, Yes, Even In Your 20s

Is it worth all of the free stuff? YES!
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Do yourself a favor and go sign up for all of these rewards programs below. I know...you are thinking about all the emails you are going to receive..but is it worth all of the free stuff? YES!


1. Auntie Anne's

Sign up for pretzel perk (really easy), and you get a free pretzel on your birthday. Who doesn't love Auntie Anne's? Perfect snack while you are on your birthday shopping spree! Don't get me started on those cinnamon sugar covered pretzels!

2. Baskin Robbins

Go in and tell them it is your birthday, and you will receive a Free Ice Cream. Their Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is THE best, but its impossible to order wrong at Baskin Robbins.

3. Cracker Barrel

Go in and tell them it is your birthday, and you will receive a Free Dessert. Look around in the store, play some chess just like old times, and it would be such a great, down to earth place to celebrate!

4. Kendra Scott

1/2 off on one item during your birthday month. All you need is your ID, and they will discount your item!

5. IHOP

Free meal on your birthday! Pancakes here I come!

6. Krispy Kreme

Sign up for eclub, receive a free donut :) Easy enough! I mean who doesn't want to bite into that a warm, sweet, sticky donut?

7. Panera

Sign up for (free) Panera Rewards, and receive free dessert. Oh, that is after your mac and cheese...ofcourse.


8. P.F Changs

Create an account = Free Appetizer or Dessert during your birthday month (THANK YOU FOR NOT LIMITING IT TO THE ONE DAY)

9. Sephora

Register with Sephora and they will give you a free gift on your birthday.

10. Steak n' Shake

Sign up for E Club for a free menu item on your birthday.

11. Starbucks

Getting tired running around to recieve your free items? Stop by Starbucks with your reward (app) to get a free drink!

12. Columbia Sportswear

Get that jacket you've been waiting for to go on sale, because you receive a 20% off coupon if you sign up for their rewards club.

13. ULTA Beauty

Get a free gift once you sign up for their (free) rewards. While you are in there, might want to ask for a free makeover?

14. Einstein Bros Bagels

Get your free birthday breakfast on them if you join their EClub (Again very easy)

15. DSW

Recieve a $5 Gift Certificate if you join their rewards, which is super easy because they just send you emails which most of the time is coupons.

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10 Annoying Things At The Most Magical Place on Earth

Everybody loves Disney, but hates these types of people.

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We've all been around annoying people before. Everywhere you go there are certain people that seem as if they were made to ruin your day. For example: the jerk riding your butt on the expressway, the irritating co-worker that doesn't shut up, and of course the snap-chatting, seat-kicking imbecile in the movie theater. If you don't relate to any of these, well you must have a pretty smooth life then. Or maybe you just have your own entourage of annoying things or people that happen in your life.

Anyways, my point is that there are so many different kinds of rude people. If you're a Disney fan and you have been to Disney world, you know there is a certain breed of annoying we like to call "the Disney tourists". These are the people that maybe don't know certain rules about the park, or were forced to go on a Disney vacation with their family or friends. "The Disney tourists" have no knowledge on how to act in a park.

So, here is my interpretation of "the Disney tourists" and what you can do to avoid them, and allow the Disney magic to continue without trouble.

What you can do if you spot any of these people? Please don't make it worse by fighting with our families. It just causes a scene, and makes the Disney experience worse for everyone. If you are polite, and ask people to please not be disrespectful, that is the best way to deal with annoying tourists. Thank you for reading and sorry for my rants! I hope you can ignore these people on your next Disney vacation.

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