Whether you are attending a community college, a 4-year university, or pursuing your degree online, you want to make the most of your education. You are only studying for a few years, and then it’s time to take what you have learned and head into the workforce. What you accomplish in this short time really matters.
Below are four ideas to help you succeed in studying and make the most of your time as a college student.
First and foremost, love what you do
While it’s important to consider the job market when selecting a field of study, you should also balance that pragmatism with a sense of consideration for your own preferences. College life can be demanding, and if you don’t enjoy your classes and don’t imagine yourself enjoying working within your major field afterwards, it will be easier for you to burn out.
Instead, find something that excites you and your love of your field will power you through the difficult moments. For example, have a look at accredited online doctoral programs at WGU or the majors offered at your university. You might find that continuing education might be one of the biggest considerations as you decide what to do for the rest of your career.
Outside class networking: interact with your professors
Those office hours your professors put at the top of the syllabus aren’t just for decoration. Most professors actually like when students come in and ask questions. This way, you will understand the course in a different way than if you just attended class and read the textbook.
Professors can also be a valuable networking opportunity. They can write you academic recommendation letters for scholarships and recommend you for internships and jobs. All you have to do is ask.
Extracurricular activities: keep them coming
While it’s tempting to focus exclusively on your major, taking electives can teach you valuable skills that will make you a better student as well as a more skilled professional. For example, that writing course can teach you how to articulate yourself concisely and professionally, while that logic course can teach you how to analyse the information around you.
Take extra classes that will add to your degree, industry or even personal interests. College is a time to learn and try new things and this is the perfect opportunity to build more connections.
Practise good self-care
Many college students make the mistake of sacrificing their physical and mental health in favour of studying, but that is a recipe for burnout. To succeed in studying, give yourself permission to prioritise a good night’s sleep, a healthy diet, and a healthy social life. Be sure to take breaks, attend social events and do things that make you happy in-between study moments.
Your time in college only lasts a few short years, so you have to make the most of them. That means striking that balance of loving what you do, networking, taking a variety of classes, and prioritising your health. By following these four tips, you can succeed in studying.
Special thanks to Eileen O’Shanassy for providing us with this article. Eileen is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking, and you can find her on Twitter @eileenoshanassy.