Being in college is great but it can also be quite stressful. So many people around the world have stated that their college years have been some of the best years of their life and I can only hope that someday in the future I will look back and not regret a thing. College if fun, and it is also a huge step in the right direction for whatever our future may hold. When commencing college it is always a great idea to be open-minded and have a positive outlook as it is going to dramatically affect your perspective and your college experience. I have come up with a list of tips and tricks that I personally swear by when I am in school, and I am sure they may come in handy for you guys that will be starting or have started your Fall semester. So let’s get to it!

What To Do On Your First Week In College:

  • Read all of your syllabus ,highlight important dates, and add them to your planner. (Knowing what is expected by a professor is extremely important and you should always be aware when assignments are due.)
  • Get to know your classmates and make friends. (Heaving friends in class is very important in case you miss a lecture you can always borrow their notes or maybe even form a study group. Taking someone else’s perspective on a topic may come in handy when you have difficulty understanding your professor.)
  • Talk to your professors and pay attention to what they have to say about the class. (Pay attention when they talk about their expectations for the class and make sure to ask questions if you have any. Talking to the professor can help you decide whether you are in the right class or not. Being informed from the start can prevent you from dropping the class in the middle of the semester and help keep your college plan on track.)
  • Be on time to class. (Some professors lock the door right when the class starts as they wish to focus on those who arrived on time and desire not to be interrupted by people whom turn up late. Some professors may drop you from the class and  give up your seat to someone who was wait-listed into the class because you did not show up on the first day or because you were late.)

What To Do In Between Classes:

  • Explore the campus (If your new go ahead and explore get to know the campus and learn the locations of where your classes will be taking place.)
  • Do homework (Time is valuable so spend it wisely. If you have large gaps in between classes do your homework. If you have a job or participate in extracurricular activities and have some free time this is when you should get your homework done especially since you just got out of class and the lecture is still fresh on your mind.)
  • Join a club (Clubs are fun and a great way to meet new people. They also look great on resumes and help you obtain valuable skills.)
  • Workout (If you have a busy schedule but like to  exercise regularly working out in between classes could be great.You could exercise anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour or more depending on what your class schedule looks like.)
  • Eat/Have a snack (Having balanced meals is key and being hungry in class isn’t going to help you pay attention so eat something to keep you going.)
  • Study (Maybe you have a test coming up in your next class so go ahead and take this time to study.)
  • Tutor/Attend tutoring (maybe you are an expert in your history class so why not go ahead and make some extra money by tutoring others, or perhaps you are barely passing you Spanish class and need the extra help and need a tutor. Tutoring is offered in just about all schools and it should definitely be taken advantage of more often. It might even help you pass your class instead of flunk it.)
  • Check your e-mail/Campus Portal (Teachers are always updating grades and sending emails about assignment so you always want to check and keep up to date. Especially when class is cancelled. I can’t tell you how many time I have showed up to class and it had been cancelled but to be fair i completely failed to do my part and read the email the professor had sent out to everyone. Whoops!)
  • Read (If you have some down time why not read? Your could read a magazine, a book, your textbooks, etc.)

How To Stay Organized:

  • Use a planner (Planners are there to help you schedule your time accordingly and to remind you of important dates. check it regularly and update it when there are significant changes i.e. Your 8 page paper is now due on Monday instead of Friday.)
  • Color code notes
  • Use organizers (i.e. folders, tab dividers, etc.)
  • keep your homework/work station clean (everything should have a place and you should know where things are at all times.)

How To Cope With Stress:

  • Exercise (For some exercise is a stress reliever and it really doesn’t hurt to try.)
  • Stay Organized (So many people are stressed because they are disorganized so make sure you have things in check it might help lower your stress levels.)
  • Schedule time accordingly (People always stress about not having enough time in the day to get done what they need to do so schedule your time;and be realistic about how much you can actually get done within that time period.)
  • Talk to someone (Talking to someone about what is going on and how you feel is always a good option. They may even be able to help you clear your mind.)
  • Have time for yourself (Having personal time is a great way to relieve stress. You could pamper yourself or just have time to rest and step away from what ever may be stressing you out.)
  • See a doctor (If talking to someone isn’t enough and things seem to be getting out of hand speak with a professional and get yourself to a healthy place and mind-set.)

How To Stay Healthy:

  • Clean eating (Most college student tend to eat out because it is cheap and easy rather than preparing food themselves. Eating healthy is going to benefit you in the long run and is going to help prevent you from getting ill and missing class.)
  • Campus gym (Several campuses have their own gyms to help students stay in shape. In most cases campus gyms are free for students but some may charge fees so go out and get informed.)
  • Take health classes and be informed (Health classes can teach you a thing or two so take one if you have the time and some colleges/universities require it.)
  •  Have a routine (Yes it is good to be spontaneous every now and again but having a routine is healthy.)
  •  Sleep properly (Sleep is important so do not survive off only a few hours of sleep because you will eventually crash and it will also tale a toll on your overall health.)
  • Stay hydrated (People forget that staying hydrated is important. Drink the appropriate amount of water a day to keep your body health. Also staying hydrated can help prevent you from getting headaches as most time those who get headaches tend to be slightly dehydrated.

How To Save Money:

  • Prepare your own meals (Makeing your own meals means you do not spend large amounts cash weekly now that you can control your budget by deciding what you want to eat and how much you want to spend when purchasing groceries.)
  • Keep all your spare change (Spare change will add up eventually so make sure you store it safely.)
  • Budget your spending (Keep a budget and know what it is that way you do not over spend or purchase any unnecessary items.DISCLAIMER: Just because you have a budget does not mean you are not able to treat yourself it just means you have to be wise about how you are spending your money.)
  • Use your Student ID for discounts (So many places offer student discount including online sites. Feel free to ask if they offer student discounts and whip out your school identification and start saving money.)
  • Spend wisely on textbooks (Instead of purchasing a brand new $200 textbook from your campus book store rent it or buy a used copy. you can rent/buy/ books online but I tend to get them from Smile Amazon [I use Smile Amazon because I like to give back since I will be making a purchase anyway and I get to choose who I will be donating money yo as well] or SlugBooks. I can’t thank Tyler Oakley enough for introducing me to SlugBooks this site has honestly saved me so much money so make sure to check it out.)

How To Make Money:

  • Find a Part-Time/Full-Time Job (Having a regular income is nice and you gain experience and skills that will help you out in the future. Again you could add this to your resume.)
  • Scholarships (Apply for scholarships and score cash that goes directly towards paying for your higher education.)
  • Online Jobs (There are so many sites that offer you cash for giving you opinion or for filling out surveys just search the web and start earning cash.)
  • Sell your Textbooks (Got old textbooks you no loner need? Sel them you no longer have use for them so why not make some extra money, plus it is better that just having a useless book lying around and taking up space.)
  • Sell your notes (Some people may be willing to purchase your notes. Make copies and sell them at a price point you find fair and make some quick cash.)
  • Recycle (Take your recycle out and earn cash for recycling.)

These are just a few that I came up with but I am sure there are plenty more that I did not mention. So, please feel free in you have any tips and tricks of your own make sure to leave them in the comments as I would like to know what are. Remember to like, share and subscribe to my news letter via email or Follow my blog with Bloglovin to notify you on future post. Hope you guys have a great weekend and I will see you all very soon with a new post.:)

Lots of Love,

Lidia