1) Learn how to not just study to study.
Focus on knowing your material, having the ability to learn new things quickly, and juggling life with study. The grades will come naturally, and your life will become a lot easier because you will be able to learn new things fast and effectively. If you are having trouble with study habits, here are some study tips.
2) Learn how to communicate.
Communicating effectively to everyone (not just your peers) is so important, and I see many college students who do not know how to do this. Get a book on communicating. Take a class in speech. Learn proper business etiquette. Such skills will make you look well-educated no matter what your GPA is and are very practical.
3) Be a part of the community and take advantage of opportunities.
College is a chance to grow, and trust me, you are not going to grow just in the class room. You need to explore, try new things and engage with new people. Join clubs, create an organization, volunteer, get a job, etc. Also, just like high school, your college years have a résumé, too, so being involved is a great way to make yourself look well-rounded.
4) Learn how to set goals: it keeps you focused.
Successful students are focused students. Have goals for your time in school and your future life. Not only will it keep you focused, but it also keeps the spirits high because slowly by slowly you are always coming a step closer toward completing your goals.
5) Accept the fact that you cannot do it all.
I think that this goes without saying, but, as I struggle with this one, I thought it would be a good one to mention. Doing it all not only is practically impossible, but it can also lead to imbalance. Make sure that you can balance out what you have before you load on any more. It will save you a lot of headache — literally.
6) Be okay with taking chances and making mistakes.
This is not to say that all of you reading this need to start going about making rash decisions. Instead, start by taking (preferably) calculated chances and being okay with making mistakes, because *spoiler* you will. Life is full of falling down, and the only ones who get anywhere in it are the people heave themselves up and take responsibility for their mistakes. Two of my top ten favorite quotes are actually about failure:
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up,” said Thomas Edison. Michael Jordan said, “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
In short, while grades are important and you need them to stay in school, they are not the only thing one should be concerned about while in college. College is a chance to learn and expand while you still haven’t quite reached the real world yet, and it should be treated as such. Get busy, take chances, make mistakes, work hard toward your goals, and you will be a successful college student.