5 Ways To Be Successful During Your College Career

5 Ways To Be Successful During Your College Career

Jump into next semester stronger than ever!


Being a college student, it is sometimes hard to stay motivated due to the constant noise, excitement, and opportunities that you have around you at all time. I am currently a sophomore, and in a few weeks, I will be starting my spring semester. Sophomore year is almost relaxing for me, because I am no longer a freshman and therefore accustomed to the school, but I also do not carry the stress of junior year which is typically finding an internship, or let alone senior year which means graduating or going into the real world to live on your own or find a job. You can do anything you put your mind to, so make the most out of these years to learn about your field of study and life itself.

1. Stay focused and plan ahead.

Sometimes, you might just have to skip a party or a get together with friends. Think about it, the number one reason you're at school is to learn and achieve a higher level of education. That comes first! Join clubs that relate to your field of study. Keep a planner or a calendar to have great organization.

2. Take advantage of every single opportunity that pops up.

Whether the Spanish club offers a trip to New York City or the library is having a free seminar, go! Broadening your horizons and exploring can teach you so much, and many colleges and universities offer free events. Go support the music students at a classical concert. Go to the Study Abroad Fair. Wander through different realms! At least try a few new things and you may be surprised.

3. Do not procrastinate-get that assignment done and study!

Sometimes you'd rather lay in bed or go out, but getting assignments done on time or even early really relieves stress and leaves you more free time for even more fun, because you need time to relax. Go to the library with your favorite coffee/tea, snacks, and headphones! Make this a time for yourself. Most professors use assignments as extra grades, and these can boost your overall grade if you are not a great test taker (like me)!

4. Go to class. I repeat, go to class.

This is not a tip most people want to hear, but it is so significant. When professors see you have a good attendance record, this shows them that you truly made an effort and had an interest in their subject. You are paying for your classes, and even if some are boring, it is definitely worthwhile to go. You are way more likely to be successful and get better grades if you show up to your classes. You will probably form a relationship with your professors!

5. Talk to your professors outside of class.

They are so educated and experienced. They can not only assist you with the material of the class but they can talk to you about possible jobs or give you advice in general. They can even help you practice with interviews or inform you about their previous career if they had one before teaching. If you don't get along with them, don't force it. But, speaking from experience, my professors have given me excellent guidance so far.

Simply put, give college your all. Take it seriously, but not too seriously! You're so lucky to go through the experience of college itself. Use every resource that you can, people and human resources are very important while you are learning. Take time for yourself, because both your physical and mental health needs to be in check in order for you to be successful! Breathe, exercise, hang out with your friends, laugh, dance, sing, and do what makes you happy. Be passionate about what you are learning and what extracurricular activities you are involved in. Passion and hard work will make you flourish! You can do this! Motivation is the key to success.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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Why You Should And Shouldn't Pursue A Science Degree

From personal experience, here are some actual reasons, in my opinion, why a science degree is a really bad, yet really good idea.


Since I was in maybe 6th or 7th grade, I've always dreamed of being a doctor. Don't ask me why, but for some reason, I just up and decided I wanted to pursue one of the hardest possible careers that exist. Anatomy, science, and math have always been interests of mine, but not necessarily strong-suits. These areas, for me, always take extra work and studying to excel on exams and homework versus English and history. Regardless, I ignored this. Why? I am dumb. I didn't pay attention to what my personal strengths are, but rather what my interests alone were. I guess what I am trying to say here is, through personal experience, I've learned that it's important to pay attention to what your personal talents and interests are and to find a good middle ground. This can apply to any degree, not just a science degree.

Interest in science has increased over time. As technology and medicine have advanced, people have recognized that there is a need for more people in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) field. There are more jobs available for people who pursue STEM degrees, and those jobs generally offer more money. According to Business Insider, non-STEM majors earn an average of $15,500 less per year starting salary than STEM majors. This is enticing to many but can be misleading. Science degrees are very difficult to earn, which is why they offer such high-earning salaries and give so many job opportunities after college.

If you are actually good at math and science and know the first 100 numbers of pi off the top of your head, by all means, feel free to become a neurosurgeon or aerospace engineer, but I had to learn my lesson the hard way. Just know that nobody's opinion matters but your own and this is your life. The decisions you make during these four years will affect your career for the rest of your life. Don't pursue a degree just because it will make you a lot of money. Pursue a career because you are good at it and you actually enjoy it.

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