Taking the stress out of College life!

College life is FUN…or at least, it can be. As much fun as it is, it can also be one of the most stressful stages in life, especially if exams, term papers, and assignments decide to knock on your door all at the same time! Not to mention that you probably have to juggle some personal challenges from families and friends at some point too.

So to help you start college days Stress-free and continue to the end in AWESOMENESS, we give you the “College Survival Kit” – a no-nonsense guide to surviving your college days or years.

Here’s our ‘5 Top Tips’ to Survive College

1. PLAN and ORGANIZE

Don’t forget that your studies are your first priority. Before getting caught between the tumult of school works, family, and other off-campus commitments, learn to prioritise and organise! ALWAYS remember to schedule everything around your class time and not the other way around. Set time for reading, review, homework, exercise, family, and social life.

It helps if you can have a to-do list, a planner, or a calendar to make sure that things don’t fall through the cracks and your research papers are handed on time!

2. STAY HEALTHY

student eating healthy while she studies

Smart people know that a healthy body is a healthy mind so eat right, hydrate, exercise, take your vitamins, and most important of all GET ENOUGH SLEEP! Because if you’re always sick it means being absent from class, which also means missing a lot of important information. If you constantly fall behind in your class, it becomes difficult to catch up and everything will go into a downward spiral.

  • Study is time-consuming, so ensure that you don’t skip meals and minimise your fast-food consumption. Don’t forget to eat fruits and vegetables.
  • Drink lots of water. It has been proven that lack of water to the brain can cause numerous issues like brain fog, headaches, sleep disorders, brain fatigue, and difficulty to focus.
  • Regular exercise improves brain memory and thinking skills.
  • Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and B Vitamins are good for the brain
  • Experts recommend at least 8 hours of sleep. To get as much sleep as you can, don’t party too hard, and drink moderately! The last two rules can be hard, but it makes a big difference in your performance in school. Always have enough sleep because you won’t feel tired and sluggish especially during your morning classes.

3. MAKE CONNECTIONS

students doing exams talking about their subjects

First, meet with your trainers, instructors, or adviser’s. Some of them may look super intimidating, but it won’t hurt to drop by during their office hours for a quick introduction; you never know when you’ll need help with your assignments or future internship recommendations. These people can also be great mentors since they already have the of knowledge not just about the class subject, but life in general.

Second, build connections with your classmates especially to those that you know you can be really good friends with. These people are your college backups, you can swap course notes with each other and they will be reliable study buddies. These close connections are the ones that will have your back if you miss a class.

Third, get involved with college activities and events. These are great ways to grow your network outside your course and gain new friends.

4. DON’T JUST BE IN CLASS BUT BE PRESENT IN CLASS

Don’t just be present in body when in class. Be MENTALLY PRESENT! In other words, don’t just be there for the sake of being there. PARTICIPATE! When your trainer asks questions, raise your hands even if you are not really sure of the answer (this is self-testing your knowledge). And also don’t be afraid to ask questions during class especially if you don’t understand. Participating in class helps you retain information easily and most classes have a mark for participation, so don’t let that 5% mark be the difference between a pass and a fail. Learn note-taking strategies that best suit you; don’t just write whatever you see on the board or whatever your trainer is saying, because you’ll end up more confused on the subject matter when you’re about study than when you were inside the classroom.

5. GO EASY ON YOURSELF

There will be times that you don’t feel like studying, where doing your school paper seems less important than updating your Instagram; don’t force yourself. It’s okay to stay away from your desk for awhile. Take a walk outside or around the college. Meditate, nap, or take a shower if you must. INHALE. EXHALE.

Forcing yourself is counterproductive. No useful information will get inside your brain no matter what you do or you will end up with a mediocre outcome.

student in a classroom listening to a lecturer.

In summery

The list on how to survive college can go on and on, but it can be summarised into the following mantra: Stay Focused, Be Responsible, and HAVE LOTS OF FUN!!!

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. -Albert Einstein