College 101: Things I’ve Learned & How To Be Successful

Screen Shot 2017-05-22 at 4.27.23 PMAfter 2 full years of college under my belt, I can safely say that I understand what it takes to be a successful student. Here are the most important things I’ve learned since stepping onto campus:

  1. Buy a planner (and really use it).
  2. Hold onto all of your graded homework assignments until the semester is over.
  3. Work hard. Remember what you’re paying for.
  4. But also know when it’s time for a break.
  5. If a class offers tutoring or TA/professor office hours, use them.
  6. Talk to people. Most people are nice.
  7. Make lists. For literally anything. Your brain has enough to remember.
  8. Write down all of your quiz and test dates in your new planner (I can promise you that no one likes this kind of surprise).
  9. NAPS ARE A BEAUTIFUL THING!
  10. Buy pepper spray (it never hurts to be safe).
  11. Call your parents often and tell them you love them.
  12. You will probably become addicted to caffeine. And that’s ok because there are worse things for your body.
  13. Buy rain boots.
  14. When you’re in a dorm, be sure to own shower shoes.
  15. Buy an umbrella that you keep in your backpack/tote.
  16. Drink lots of water. Carry a reusable bottle with you.
  17. Have an emergency kit of hair ties, ibuprofen, stain remover, band aids, bobby pins, etc. that you can keep in your backpack/tote.
  18. Carry your student ID with you at all times. You never know when you may need it.
  19. Stay organized- with whatever school supplies will be helpful to you.
  20. Dress however you want. No one cares in college.
  21. You can use washi tape on your keys to tell them apart.
  22. If you go out to bars, have a designated pair of shoes for the occasion (my knock-off Keds from Target work like a charm).
  23. Join organizations or clubs on campus. Get involved.
  24. (Try to) eat well.
  25. Be respectful to your roommate/suitemate.

I hope you found these tips to be helpful!

-K

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