Tips for Success

Am I Successful Yet?

The keys of success

Many students look forward to college being a time to have fun, get a degree and pave the way to a successful future. However, nowadays becoming successful after college is more difficult than it was for our parents’ generation. The “glory days” of college now seem to be filled with stress, self-doubt and an overwhelming sense of impending failure. Okay maybe impending failure is a bit dramatic, but you get my point. Our generation no longer has to just get a degree to be successful. We are required to have leadership experience, thousands of volunteer hours and tons of internships before graduation. The truth is, college is an amazing, and hectic, time in life. As students, we just have to learn how to build our resumes while having fun.

None of us know what we want to be when we grow up: Most students are unsure of what they want to do with their lives until they actually get some real world experience. So go join a club or attend an internship fair with a friend. These are great ways to get out of your dorm room and have some fun, while also seeking out potential career paths that may interest you. They will also give you something to put on a resume, while learning about future job possibilities outside of a classroom environment.

No one’s life is as easy (or awesome) as it seems on social media: While here, I’ve noticed a common pattern among students at my university. People love to share every detail of their lives on social media just so EVERYONE knows how awesome their life is (whether it’s actually that great or not). So, rather than obsessing over how cool your classmate’s awesome weekend of volunteering looks on Instagram, go out and make some fun, and resume worthy, memories of your own!

Just relax: It has been drilled in our heads since birth that being successful means having the most, doing the most and sleeping the least. But let’s be honest, college is a very short time in our life that we should really learn to appreciate. College is a great time for self-exploration, and learning, so get out there and learn! Don’t stress yourself out about having the most impressive resume at your University. Instead, figure out what you like and get involved with causes and organizations that help foster your interests. If you take the time to check out new clubs and meet new people, your resume will eventually build itself.

The best advice I can give to anyone in college is to forget your future. Do the best you can right now. Do and try everything you can. If you do this, I promise your future will be brighter than you can imagine. If you have any other suggestions or advice to give, don’t be afraid to tell us!

Get Into Gear For Finals!

Yet again the year is winding down for many college students. Some of the most dreaded school days come at the end of each semester, FINAL EXAMS. Below are some things to keep in mind and tips to try when studying!

-Get sleep!
-Keep away from Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc.
-Stay organized
-Try using flashcards- many students find the use of flashcards extremely helpful and easy to challenge yourself on knowing the material.
-Know when to say no- if you NEED to study, don’t let the invite to get dinner with your friends override your decision to study!
-Try to study at a desk or table, not your bed or the couch
-Remain calm, no need to freak out, it’s just a test
-Keep your goals in mind
-Try making a studying checklist
-Problems staying awake?- If you have the ability to change the temperature in your room, house, etc. lower the temperature. The cooler air has been known to keep you awake rather than warmer air.
-Don’t forget to eat properly
-If you are given an outline you should USE IT!
-Don’t lose your motivation!
-Try studying with a friend! However, REMEMBER THAT STUDYING IS YOUR MAIN GOAL!

If you have any tips for your fellow student share them in the comment box!! I hope these help all of you!

With love,
Kat VonD

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