College is a new, fun, and exciting place for recent high school graduates. Freedom is at your fingertips and its easy to get carried away with it. Ultimately, we're here to get a degree and learn on a different level than we ever have before, but the social aspect can sometimes overtake our focus on school.
With that being said, many of us practically flunk out in our first semester of college. So let's look at how not to get kicked out of our dream schools.
Find some better study techniques.
Studying in high school may have been easy for you, but the techniques you used back then may not work now. College professors like to talk really fast and you end up scrambling to take notes so that by the time you get home, you have now idea what the class was even about.
Try taking a look at what study habits didn't work and what did and build off the places where you were successful this semester.
Lighten the load.
Sometimes it isn't your study habits, but rather the amount of work you had. Sure, we all took between six and seven classes in high school, but we also lived with our parents and had everything provided for us. Plus, it was high school, c'mon.
In college, on average, people take about three to four classes, but we're also paying rent, cooking for ourselves, managing our health, time, and money, and constantly being distracted by the extreme amount of social interaction. Maybe consider how many classes you tried to take your first semester and lighten your load for the second semester. It's better to take three classes and pass them than to try and take five and fail half.
Manage your time.
With that being said about the millions of distractions and responsibilities that come with being in college, it's really important to figure out how to manage your time. There will always be time to go out and have fun and see your friends, so make sure you're leaving enough time to study as well.
Don't be like me and stay up until 5 a.m. on a Tuesday and then sleep until 2 p.m., miss all your classes and have no time to study. Trust me, it really doesn't end well.
Take care of yourself.
Lastly, your health is what is really going to affect how you do in school. Dorms are big petri dishes. When you're not sleeping, not eating healthy, not exercising, and just flat out neglecting yourself, you're going to get sick. And not like getting a cold sick. Actually sick.
I think I went through two sinus infections, an ear infection, two flus and a cold within my first three months of college. And out of all my friends, I had the best of it. If you're sick more than you're healthy in college, you'll never make it to any of your classes and you definitely won't have the motivation to get any work done. Just drink your Emergen-C and get some sleep, little ones.
College is a blast and we're here to have a good time, but we're also paying a lot of money for a good education. It's okay to screw up your first semester because it happens to a lot of people. There's people everywhere who are used to dealing with students who need help getting back on their feet.
However, you can do yourself a favor by sometimes just sitting down, shutting up, and studying. Now go get your money's worth.