Undergrad Life: 5 Tips on How to Pilot Your College Year to Success!

It’s about that time again! The weather is dropping, the leaves are falling and Lana Del Rey's “Summertime Sadness” is on repeat.

This article was published on September 1st, 2016.

This article was published on September 1st, 2016.

Students across the globe are preparing for the upcoming school year, including myself. A new year means a fresh start regardless if you’re a freshman, junior or 5th year senior! Below are 5 tips on how to gear this college year to SUCCESS!


Yes! Get involved within your campus community. The National Survey of Student Engagement has proven that students who are involved within their college or university are committed to academic standards, obtain great communication skills and have a better chance of graduating within 4-years’ time. About 93% of students who are involved at their college have pride in their institution and career goals.

Therefore, get involved, diversify yourself, explore what your campus has to offer and eventually use your passion to contribute to the campus environment. A crucial part of success is learning from outside of the classroom.

Don’t know how? Contact your the student government office or career development services, they'll lead you in the right direction. Remember, it’s okay to ask questions.

2.      Set goals and deadlines.

This actually works! Before the school year begins, invest in a calendar and journal to write out your goals and when you want to accomplish them. After you’ve set these goals and mark your calendar on the deadline date. This way you’re encouraging yourself to accomplish short term goals throughout the semester that can eventually lead to accomplishing a long term goal.

3.      Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Now we all know, being a student is not easy. Some of us work, have personal obligations and are involved in a million things at once. However, there are times when you are going to be in uncomfortable situations like staying up until 4 a.m. when you have class at 8, calling out of work for the 2nd time to finish a research paper or maybe even being afraid to ask an intimidating professor a question.

 IT’S OKAY. School is a priority and a sacrifice. Being a student we learn that everything isn’t always going to be as planned and we must know how to clap back when an uncomfortable situation arises. It will all be worth it in the end. 

4.      Self-Discipline.

Ugh. I know. We hear this from Mom and Dad ALL the time. Truth is, it’s simple and true. Discipline yourself; know when to say “Nope. I’m going to have to cancel with my besties tonight because I have to get this lab done.”

 If you don’t find discipline you will find it hard to juggle all your responsibilities at once. If you can’t focus in your dorm room, then push yourself to go to the library. Turn off your phone if you get distracted every time it vibrates. You know yourself best, so discipline yourself into scholastic habits.

5.      Motivate yourself.

Ahhhhh. My favorite one. Motivate yourself! After studying all week for that Bio or Psych exam, treat yourself to Red Lobster or a night out on the town! Motivate yourself by acknowledging your accomplishments and applauding yourself for them. Always make time for YOU. This will highlight to yourself that you are working hard and you are making progress towards success. You’d be surprise how far self-recognition will continue to motivate you to be great.

I believe the five tips you just read will lead you to a successful year. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @iamasadugger if you would like to share how this article benefited you or if you need advice on how to navigate through college.

Good luck!



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