College 1-0-1

Take at least some classes seriously

You’ll benefit by discovering your interests and spending more time pursuing those interests — some of which are hopefully academic. So while you don’t have to take every class with the same gravitas, you should pick two or three that you’re really going to study for and take seriously every semester. 
Yes, you need to study. Yes, you need to do papers and pass exams, of course. But you also need to explore who you are, what you want out of life, what kind of people turn you on (or off), whether they be friends, relationships, whatever. Sometimes parents take for granted that school should be all about studying — there’s always time later to enjoy life, explore your passions, have a serious girlfriend or boyfriend. What parents fail to realise is that’s not always true. It’s harder to easily meet new people for a relationship after college, and with the demands of a full-time job weighing on most college grads, exploring your passions will definitely take a backseat to the 9-to-5 job. Explore your passions, have a serious relationship or two, and remember to leave time for studying.

One of the things few college students appreciate when they go off to school each year is the enormous opportunity they’ve been given. Despite the popular belief that everyone goes to college, that’s simply not true. For many, it’s unaffordable. For others, their grades barely allowed them to graduate high school. For still others coming from poverty, they have to go to work to help support their families.
Sometimes we meet people in college who become our friends. And sometimes their lives take a turn off the course we’re following — they’re hooked up in drugs, bad people, or have little interest in ever graduating. We may feel badly or guilty for wanting to leave the friendship, but you shouldn’t. Too many people spend far too much of their time (and emotional energy) tied up in unhealthy or toxic friendships that no longer serve any beneficial purpose.

Procrastination most often can be linked back to poor planning and time management skills and simply not putting them to good use on a daily basis. These skills are learned and they don’t necessarily come naturally or easily to most people.

But just like any skill, the more you practice at it, the better you get at it. 


Don’t get sucked too badly into video games

They can be as entertaining as crack cocaine, but they can also be just as attractive. At least at first, as you try to get better at them, and maybe even use it as a way to socialize with some of your friends. That’s cool — to an extent.
Treat video games like any other distraction you enjoy (like hanging with friends, going on a trip, whatever) — do it in moderation and to an extent that doesn’t significantly interfere with your other social activities (which you should have) or studies.


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