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6 Tips to Make College Easy(er)

January 20, 2015

My last semester of college has finally arrived and I couldn’t be happier and more excited for my future! Being a business student hasn’t been exactly easy; if you think marketing is all about consumer behavior and picking colors that attract consumers, you are far from the truth (throw in some finance, MIS classes, psychology, IMC, and you have half of the equation!). Not to mention all the stressors that come along with being a college student away from home. You would think senioritis would be kicking in right now, especially as summer approaches (and the beautiful beaches and let’s not forget Taco Tuesday…let’s continue before I get carried away), but in fact I’m more focused than I have ever been.

Some tips for the young souls in college to get through the years without getting too distracted:

1. TIME MANAGEMENT

Like can I express it enough? Procrastination was at it’s peak in high school and you thought you were a responsible young adult when you entered college, and you promised yourself you would get that paper done the next day so you could go out. Wrong, you lied so you wouldn’t have to feel guilty. You purposely justified it that night for an instant stress reliever and immediately regretted it the next day while crying. As a freshman you learn, but if you carry the dirty habit college will instantly bite back and you’ll find yourself struggling to stay on track, you might even jeopardize your graduation date. Save the stress, get an agenda and manage your academic, social, and personal life.

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2. PICK YOUR ROOMMATES WISELY.

End of story.

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3. GET TO KNOW YOUR PROFESSORS

Attend the office hours. There is nothing to be embarrassed about or to think it’s a waste of time…you do want those letters of recommendation don’t you? They will remember you, I promise, there’s probably only a handful of students that take advantage of this “opportunity” really, so be one of those students. A mentor in college is one of your greatest assets if you can gain one. You’ll have plenty of distractions, so do yourself a favor and pick a professor to help you help yourself. I was lucky to have some amazing professors at state and one in particular was basically life changing. If you’re fortunate to have a professor that’s passionate and truly cares, hold onto them, they can be extremely valuable to your career and life.

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4. MAINTAIN SOMEWHAT OF A HEALTHY DIET

I can address first hand that the college diet is too real and sometimes there’s nothing really holding you back from ordering pizza and eating hot munchies, besides your mothers voice saying eat your veggies, for dinner. The bizarre thought that some college students have, Well I can’t eat healthy, it’s too expensive. BS. There are a million different ways to eat healthy without shopping at Whole Foods, and if you cut down the spending on alcohol, Uber rides downtown, and eating out everyday you’ll realize how cheap and easy it is, not to mention how good you’ll feel. (nothing against midnight pizza or eating tacos every Tuesday!)

tomorrow doesn’t always come…

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5. TRAVEL.

I have no idea what my future career in Sales or Marketing will look like and if I’ll have the chance to travel as much as I have within the past 4 years. I’ve been to Europe multiple times and traveled the U.S. Stay on track in school so you can afford (academically and financially) to take off on your summer or winter breaks. That’s a whole month off to do whatever you please. My advice…skip the mini Vegas trips and save for a new city you’ve never been to or even go out of the country. A post on how to travel on a budget is soon to come!

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6. HAVE FUN AND MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE.

Persevere through the hard times (they will come, but find your inner motivation and DO NOT give up) and enjoy the years. You’re going to make so many memories, make them count. ♥

xx,

Alyssa

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