I. Turn it off. Leave it home. Pay attention.
Have you or anyone you know been a victim of having your cell phone ring in class? Have you ever logged into iChat and not realize your volume was turned up until that distinctive sound fills the entire lecture hall? Can’t say its happened to me but isn’t it embarrassing? Why not spare the embarrassment and avoid being “that girl” or “that guy” and just turn off your phone, leave your laptop, iPad, or any other potential distractions at home so you won’t be tempted to use them in class.
- Organize Your Life.
Just about every college student gets to that point in the semester when it seems like assigned readings are given out in every class, tests are being scheduled back-to-back, and your procrastination has caught up with you. Don’t panic. Just make an agenda. You should make a daily agenda that outlines every single thing you need to attend to. This allows you to really put your day into perspective and plan accordingly.
- Eat, Drink, Be Merry.
Take a new approach to your eating and drinking habits. There were times I’d eat food and drink certain beverages and end up being unsatisfied by my meal. Most times it was due to my unhealthy diet and not having enough water in my system. I was lacking essential nutrients that my body needed in order to keep me going. If you feel like your health is not up to pair I would highly recommend speaking to a registered dietitian (R.D.) and get the facts about how to eat healthier.
- Move Your Body.
Exercise. That doesn’t include your jog to class or that walk to the dining hall and student center. College students maintain a lifestyle that constantly demands them to be ready and able for anything that comes their way. Therefore, your body along with your mind and soul need some attending to in order to keep up with everything that is going on in that busy schedule. Try to exercise a minimum of 30-60 minutes a day.
- Find A Study Buddy.
Studying is something our professors are always urging us to do but do we always listen? For some, it can be difficult to sit down, focus, and study effectively while others find studying alone to be very effective. I personally, found that studying in groups has helped me significantly because I’ve been able to understand concepts in new ways, which have prepared me to take my exams.
- Utilize Your Resources.
You won’t be an undergrad forever, so it’s never too early to start thinking about your future career. The key to discovering what kind of career best suits you is to be an intern. But before you look for internships you should talk to your professors, advisors, mentors, and anyone that is an expert in their respective field. It doesn’t hurt to ask questions and most college/ universities cater to the needs of their students. One of the best places to get a head start in the right direction is to go to your school’s Career Services Office and get material that will guide you in the right direction.
- Have Fun.
College is your time to meet new people and socialize. I’ve always viewed college as the ultimate social experiment because it is one of the only places where you can live, eat, and study with so many people that are of a different race, color, religion, creed, gender, and national origin. It’s an amalgamation of young people all gathered together for the purposes of bettering themselves through education.