I’m halfway into my junior year now, and I can safely say I learned even more about college (and life in general) during my sophomore year than I did the year before.I learned some big lessons that changed my life altogether, and I also learned many small tips along the way that helped out as well. I’m sure I’ve got more, but these are the ones that stuck out to me.I was thinking like Machiavelli, adopting an “ends justify the means” mindset – except, I didn’t have a particular end in mind. In a way, the ends do justify the means when it comes to how you spend your time in college – but you need to clearly define the ends and make sure that they’re what you want.
College is a place where you’re supposed to find who you are and be as active as you possibly can.
Now that doesn’t mean hook up with as many people as you want, (unless that’s your style) but I mean getting involved with everything and anything school wise.
Do things because they get you closer to your goals, or because you like to do them.
This is a tip that I didn’t necessarily have to learn from firsthand experience, but it’s something I’ve noticed a lot of students not doing, and I’m here to say they need to start.
After that though, I found myself being more involved with our school’s newspaper, canning for THON, going out with friends, playing sports, and really finding who I was as an individual.
College is a place to self-express oneself and to figure out what you do and do not like.You may want to simply browse it and come back a few times to read more.You probably already know this one, or you at least practice it unknowingly.I wasn’t as involved with clubs as I wanted to be and I wanted to join a sorority (but was told he would break-up with me if I even joined) so instead I picked him over my own experiences.Yes, I could have said no and done my own thing and not have cared about his feelings, but that is not what relationships are about.Due to this, you can usually skim or altogether skip a good amount of your assigned reading as long as you’re paying good attention during class and taking effective notes.