How to Make the Most of Your College Experience

Here are some things you can do to make the most of your college experience.


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    Stay Organized. The two most important things you should keep organized: your dorm room (if you live in one) and your academic life. Organization for your dorm means knowing where everything is, and keeping things in places that are easy to get to. Academic organization means using a system that allows easy access to your notes and assignments, as well as knowing all your "to-dos" and appointments. This includes using all these worthwhile things: containers, folders, notebooks, book for ideas, book for homework, large yearly calendar to hang on your wall
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    Be on time. This is for everything really- in life, and especially during college. It goes for lectures, events, parties, etc. It's the one thing that has hugely made my life easier the past few months, but it took me some time to learn. This being said, stuff happens, and if you find yourself being late, just look frazzled, then take a seat and relax or (particularly if it's a professor you know is a stiffer for lateness OR says something at that moment)say "sorry I'm late". If the professor asks why: "I had to speak with my adviser, I had to stay behind my last class, I didn't plan my time well"
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    Get help when you need it. OK, so you don't always know when you need help. Clearly you're an adult, and you will be declaring independence. But you can get and figure out so many things by asking others for help. This is general, but is meant to be. I mean asking for help in such cases (to list just a few) as: when you need directions, when you're feeling depressed (more on that later), when you forgot what the assignments were for class, when you need help in writing or grammar, when you need to borrow something.
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    Just do it. Can you guess where this is going? Procrastination. If you are a procrastinator, the best thing to get on an assignment or project is to start it. That's all. It's about leaning in...Then, keep going (either the same day or over some time). But starting is almost always the icebreaker. You can apply "just do it" to anything you want or need to do.


  • If you feel really uncomfortable with your roommate, speak to the resident office at your college and find a new one or move out.
  • For Organizing: create your own system for organization. It doesn't have to be complicated (unless you find it best with your own mad system and need it to be); KISS works well (Keep it Simple Stupid) Also note: Keep all your notes for one class in one section or notebook. It's easy to forget a notebook for a class (and accidentally bring another) and end up having a bunch of notes for different classes one after another within a notebook. Use a binder with pocket dividers, or a clearly divided subject notebook. If you really like using separate notebooks for separate classes, ideally you'd use a different color book for each class, and write the subject in big letters on the front. And lastly, the best thing in the world- planners. Get one. If you are also one of those creative people who have lots of ideas, get another separate notebook to write them in. See the link as well
  • Check in with your college's (if it has one) career office to talk about your future. Especially your senior year. For always, follow your passion, and figure out what you need to do to do so.
  • OTHER (Not included in main steps, but important to note):
  • For Being on Time: Get a watch, and use your cell phone if you don't have one. A great feature on cell phones (I suggest you make sure a cell phone has this if you're getting a new one) is an "alarm clock" feature which also allows you to type in the "to-do" that the alarm is for. Also, get a handy alarm clock to wake up.
  • For Just Doing it: Remember don't be a perfectionist. It's better to finish the assignment (or do something sufficient to hand in, perhaps with a B or B-, or even less) and hand it in on time than to hand it in really late or not at all. If it's 1 am (or later) and you're still working (or haven't started) on an essay or project due the next day, go on adrenaline and caffeine coffee or tea (no pills) and figure out the pros and cons of completing it or not (if possible.) Assess the teacher- would the professor allow late assignments? And if handing in an assignment on time is not an option (you're about to fall over in a sleeping coma), email or talk to your teacher in person, ask about an extension or extra credit.

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