Tips For Surviving College

Ying_YangBalancing classes, studying and still having a social life can be hard. If you are not careful and get your priorities out of whack you can end up in academic distress. I ran across a good article on the Art of Manliness web site that gives some excellent tips on finding the right balance.

From “Heading Out on Your Own”.

I remember the first semester I was away from home. I was living in the dorms at the University of Oklahoma in Norman with my friend Alistair. Throughout high school, I was the responsible kid. I made good grades, excelled in sports, participated actively in student organizations, and found time to hold down a part-time job at the same time. I figured college wouldn’t be much trouble.

Boy was I wrong.

I stayed up late with my dorm neighbors playing video games, eating pizza, and watching movies until the wee hours of the morning. . . on a school night. Consequently, I missed a lot of class, but I figured what’s the big deal? The professor’s not taking attendance like in high school, right?

I ate Burger King frequently and got little exercise. I wasn’t involved in any student organizations. I bought crap I didn’t need.

At the end of the semester, I had a 2.6 GPA, a huge gut, and a much lighter wallet. In short, I was a complete mess.

I finally came to my senses and was able to turn my college career around.

Tips include:

  • Stick to a schedule
  • Exercise
  • Eat right
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Limit video game time
  • Create a budget
  • Get involved in an organization
  • Don’t get a credit card (BIG ONE!)
  • Don’t go home every weekend
  • Don’t just hang out with your high school friends
  • Learn basic home-ec skills
  • Remember to have some fun

While these sound like very basic tips the article does a good job of explaining why they are important and how to implement them into your life. Read the full article “Heading Out on Your Own” on the Art of Manliness web site.