Hey ya’ll! Time to talk college.
When people said my first semester of college would go by quickly, I didn’t believe them. How can twelve essays, six exams, two speeches, and a partridge in a pear tree POSSIBLY go by quickly? Now that this first semester is over, I finally see what they meant. In this post, I’m going to tell y’all a little about my college experience so far and give any incoming college students (or high school students) some tips and tricks I’ve learned.
Do not trust “rate my professor.” While it may seem useful, the reviews from students can be influenced mainly by the grade that person received in the class. Didn’t come to class and failed the final? Bad reviews. The teacher didn’t teach the needed material and passed everyone because they didn’t learn a thing? Possible good reviews. See what I mean? Instead, talk to your advisor about what you’re looking for when it comes to classes, and they should be able to point you in a right direction.
Do your homework. On time. Seriously. Don’t wait for the end of the semester when everything is due to do it. DUE today does not mean DO today. Do it now, and do it well. (Your GPA will thank you).
Use your resources. Ok, first off, this took me a while to do. Being the person I am, I don’t like asking for help. ever. BUT my first semester of college has COMPLETELY changed that. Writing labs, tutoring, on-campus libraries, whatever your school has to offer: use it. Also, grammar sites such as Grammarly can be beneficial but don’t rely on them too much. Use them as checkers, not crutches, that way you can learn from your mistakes and become a better writer rather than relying on them too much and not being able to write quality content without them.
Organize. Color code. Do whatever you need to do and more to make sure no piece of paper or information gets misplaced. (that being said, I can assure you that my desk is not as pristine as it once was. just being real here.) Get a planner you love that has a TON of room to write down every little detail about your homework. (again, your GPA will thank you). I use the Simplified Planner by Emily Ley, which I will link Here. Use a different color pen for writing down each of your classes in that planner. And, seriously, organize your desk! Do NOT let all of your spare notes and past essays become a pile in the drawer of your desk. Do not take organization lightly; it is a powerful force. “Use the force, Luke!”- Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Don’t stress. I know, I know, easier said than done, and this is coming from a girl who is currently dealing with finals as I write this. (procrastination, anyone?) But trust me, stressing out accomplishes nothing. Take breaks when you need to, write everything down and check it off as you complete it, and pray about it. YOU CAN DO THIS!
Aaaand that’s a wrap! I hope this helped, whether you’re applying for colleges, in college, or struggling with finals like I am. Don’t forget to check out my other posts for food, fashion, or other ramblings of my mind 🙂
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