It’s that time of year.. back to school! We decided to come up with 10 tips for being a successful college student. A new school year can bring a lot of change, so we hope you can find these tips helpful to having a successful college career!
1- Time management
This tip is great for any college student because it can be hard juggling school, work, exercise, extracurricular activities, a social life and sleep. If you can manage your time, you will be more productive and less stressed.
Make the most of your time by planning out each day and staying on top of homework.
2- Use a planner
One way to help you get started with time management is using a planner. Planners are great because not only can you write down your assignments, tests and appointments, you can also write down what you want to get done that day.
Start by making a daily to-do list. I like seeing everything I need to get done written down before getting started with my day. I’ll then plan out my day hourly. Doing this allows me to make the most of my time and I’m also less stressed knowing that my priorities are scheduled into my day.
3- Stay active
My best advice for staying active is to find a workout routine that you love and find ways to move your body throughout the day. Whether it’s an at-home workout or just going for a walk, stay active. If your college has a gym on campus, stop there before/after class. Another great way to stay active is walking to class. Park farther away and utilize the time you spend walking to class as a way to stay active.
4- Buy healthy food/snacks
We’ve all heard of the freshman 15 and trust me, it’s real. Don’t let the spontaneity of being a young college kid overthrow your health. It’s okay to go get food at midnight with your roommates every once in a while, but don’t make it a habit.
When it comes to eating healthy, you need to know that whatever you buy, it is what you’re going to eat. And I know that sounds obvious, but if you want to eat healthy, you can’t buy Doritos.
If you know you’re going to want a snack while doing your homework, buy some fruit or nuts specifically for that purpose. The more you can plan ahead and stock your kitchen with healthy snacks, the better you’ll eat!
5- Give meal prepping a try
Between all of the different activities college students are involved in, it can be hard to find time to make healthy meals. A solution to this problem is meal prepping! Try prepping your lunches or dinners and take them with you if you’re on the go.
To learn more about meal prepping and the different ways you can meal prep, check out this blog.
6- Get involved
College is a new environment full of different opportunities to get involved. Whether that’s going to sporting events, joining a club or participating in various campus activities, stay involved! Take advantage of this time in your life and be social. Try new things and don’t resort to isolating yourself to your room to watch YouTube videos.
If your school is online, try joining virtual clubs or hosting online game nights with your friends! Find ways to be creative and get involved.
7- Embrace your roommates
I know that for many of us roommates can be a touchy subject. However, I want to encourage you to embrace your roommates and hang out with them! If you have to live with someone, why not make it an enjoyable experience? I’m not saying they have to be your best friends, but plan movie nights or go on spontaneous adventures together.
8- Create a budget
I’m sure you’ve heard about budgeting, but let’s dive into why it’s so important. For most of us, college is the first time we have to pay rent, make a car payment, pay your phone bill, pay for school/pay off student loans, groceries, etc. Creating a budget is going to help you stay on top of your finances. If you don’t know how much money you can spend on groceries, you might overspend, creating some financial strain.
So take the time to write down how much money you make. Then calculate how much you pay in rent, bills, tuition, etc. Set aside an amount for groceries and gas. Then decide if you want to put some money into savings. From there you can know exactly where your money is going and how much you can spend on activities and eating out.
9- Clean your room everyday
This tip is especially important right now since most students are at home with online classes. You will be spending a lot of time in your room. Cleaning your room everyday will help you be more productive and feel more organized. Even if it’s something as simple as making your bed, I promise it will make you feel better!
10- Find what works for you
With all of the different influences in our lives today, it can be overwhelming knowing what the best thing is to do. My advice for you is to find what works for you! Just because something works for someone else, doesn’t mean that it’s going to work for you.
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to do what everyone else is doing.