Personal opinion: How to college


Many people can probably agree that although your college years can be some of the best years of your life, they can also the most stressful. You’re young and have your whole life ahead of you; unfortunately, being the perfect college student doesn’t come with a handbook. So whenever you feel like you might be falling off the wagon, here are five tips on how to college.


Sleep whenever you can, just don’t fall asleep in class

Whether you spend sleepless nights studying for an exam or being out with friends, the lack of sleep will probably catch up with you in the morning. Time seems to pass slower while running on four hours of sleep, so your class might feel like it’s been going on for eternity, especially during that 7:30 a.m. class. Aside from the guaranteed boredom that arises in morning classes when running on no sleep, your health is also very important factor. Set some time aside from your busy schedule to sit back and relax. Get some sleep, you’ll thank yourself in the morning.


Avoid skipping class

Let’s face it, we’ve all skipped a class at least once. You tell yourself you’ll only skip that one time, but deep down you know that’s a lie. It’s all fun and games until you miss a pop quiz or crucial information for your next exam. Skipping class is a bad habit to develop and a harder habit to give up. To save yourself the trouble, don’t skip class.


Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Ask questions during class or wait a few minutes after class to talk to your professor. Odds are if you don’t understand something, someone else probably doesn’t either. Take advantage of study sessions held by professors or classmates. If you don’t like studying in groups, email your professor with any questions. Students must remember that they have to dedicate themselves to their school work in order to succeed. You might not understand the material the first time, but practice makes perfect.


Don’t stress

Life is full of ups and downs. One bad grade won’t ruin your GPA. One bad day won’t ruin your life either. Most importantly, the bad won’t last forever. Look forward to the next campus event or your day off from work. Give yourself a day where you don’t have to worry about school or work. Focus on the good things in life and forget about the bad. Sooner or later, everything will fall into place.


Have fun.

College doesn’t last forever. Enjoy your time as a Colonel! Join clubs, attend sports events, and go to the Rec Center. You’d be surprised at how interesting school can be once you become involved on campus.