By Art Ortega |Staff Writer|
After four long years of living the college life, I look back down the long spindly road to examine the many life lessons learned throughout my journey.
Thinking back on my journey I wish I had someone to guide me through all the stress accompanied by those issues, which I consider nuisances.
I want to share a few priceless tips every college student should know.
Here are a four guideposts to keep you on track.
First, when in doubt, just take the next small step.
There will come times where you feel as if you have no direction in your life.
The question often accompanied by this feeling will most likely be, “What am I doing with my life?”
After meeting student Luke Guasti, I asked him if he was familiar with this feeling of “no direction.”
“Yes, I have felt like that before, but then I think about what I really want in the long term. I remember why I am going to school, and I work hard to maintain progress in attaining my short term goals that will keep me along the path to achieving my long term goals,” shared Guasti.
The best thing to do is to press on and follow your goals, no matter what change of mindset you experience.
Another piece of advice is to get rid of the lazy habits!
I know, I know, its easier said than done, right?
I have to admit I am the ‘pro’ of procrastination, but we must work hard to overcome this stressful habit. It will kill you in the long run. Trust me.
I had the pleasure of asking Guasti if he was a procrastinator himself.
“Hell yeah I am! I do my best work at 2 a.m.” he replied.
Third, no matter how you feel, just remember to get up, dress up and show up.
One small step after the other, and soon you will be receiving your diploma, asking yourself how the heck you earned it. Then quickly accepting it and walking away before they change their mind and take it back upon the realization that you are lazy, you have no direction in your life and you are a procrastinator.
One of the reasons why most of us choose to pursue a college education is so we can get better jobs.
We are not rich, and some of us barely have enough money to buy our textbooks each quarter.
Another word to the wise, don’t buy stuff you don’t need!
A little saving really does go a long way.
It can be a dreadful feeling to have a bad surprise sprung onto you, especially if it means a poor grade or an embarrassing moment in the classroom.
So next, you should study your lecture notes the same night of class to help retain the information better. Concerning presentations, think about every question that can be asked and be able to answer each and every one of them.
Study every concept before a test and then some more.
Lastly, it is best to over-prepare and then go with the flow.
If something should go wrong, where you experience an awfully embarrassing moment, just ask yourself, “Will this matter in five years?”
Learn from your mistakes and grow from them because that which does not kill you really does make you stronger.
Unless you pee your pants or something, then in that case leave the class immediately and transfer schools as soon as possible.