Procrastination No-No!

Procrastination in college is on an entirely new level than procrastination in high school.  You thought waiting until after dinner in high school to write a paper that was assigned 2 weeks ago and is now due tomorrow is quality procrastination?  Try – college, 2am, paper due at 8am, haven’t even looked at assignment yet.  Yes my friends… procrastination at it’s finest!  Major problemo though!  The number one thing college students wish they knew before coming to college was how to manage their time.  Proper time management helps to avoid poor quality work,  avoids stress, keeps you organized, keeps you focused, and keeps you on task – all things that lead toward a successful college experience.

There are a variety of excuses that all you procrastinators use.  i.e. ‘I have to log on to facebook to see what’s happening’ ‘I need to call my boyfriend and settle our problems right this second’ (problems already? buh-bye) ‘I have to hang out with my friends’ ‘I need to take a nap’ keep going?…. okay, ‘I can’t study right now, i’m not in the right mood’ ‘I have to take a break before I start my work’ ‘I have to party tonight otherwise i’ll be wasting my college experience’

NONSENSE my friends…. get your shit together.  Instead of using the words i have to and i need to use the words i choose to.  You don’t have to or need to do any of those things, you all choose the things you do in college.  You don’t have to call your boyfriend instead of writing a paper, you choose to call your boyfriend.  You don’t have to start drinking at 7pm, you choose to.

ADVICE – There are a ton of resources on how to avoid procrastination and work on time management.  I will give you 1 piece of advice because I know that’s all you want to hear and statistically people only remember about 3 things that you tell them so I’ll bless you with just 1 thing and then you’ll have no choice but to remember it.  Here is it –> SCHEDULE LIBRARY STUDY TIME!  Every day have an hour that you just sit in the library and do work.  Make the library your space.  I did this when I was in college and it was the best decision ever.  I would sit down in the library during my ‘time’ and force myself to do work, even if it wasn’t due until the next week or two.  This made the library my ‘work time’ and my dorm room my ‘relaxing and fun time’.  If you are constantly putting work off until later you will constantly be thinking about.  When you’re sitting in your room or on your bed (when you should be content) you will be stressed because you will always thinking about the work that needs to get done.  If you force yourself to go to the library for at least an hour every day you will stay on top of your work and be able to use your room as an outlet away from work.  If you don’t have one space to associate with work (the library) then you will associate all of college with work and stress… train your mind and body to use the library as your work space and your dorm as your home… balance work life and home life (just like adults do in the real world, right?)

Okay, that post ended up being much longer than I wanted it to be.

Procrastinate | Later {haha}

{gab}

Choosing a Major

You are annoyed, you don’t want to think about picking a major, life would be much easier if someone just told you what you are good at.  An easy conversation starter at college is “what’s your major?” and while it has successfully started a conversation  it has once again reminded you that you have no idea what you want to study, that everyone else seems to know, and the wave of confusion and frustration sweep over you once again.  I may not be able to solve this problem and it may take you much more time to figure out what you want to major in.  In fact, you may just get fed up and pick a major by throwing a dart at a list of majors your school offers (not a bad idea you think) because you are simply running out of time and the pressure from your advisor and parents is forcing you to just choose anything.

Rest assured you do not need to panic – you do not need to know right now.

Choosing a major is not the same thing as choosing what you want to do with the rest of your life.  It simply means what you want to do with your life upon graduating.  Heck, I was an accounting major and upon graduating I never once took a step in the doors of an accounting office.  Take off some of that pressure because your major will help you with your first job but studies show that most people will change careers about four or five times over the course of their lives and there is no major that exists that will prepare you for that.

That brings me to my advice/things to think about when picking a major:

  1. What things in life excite you?  Think about the times during your day when you have the most fun. (Don’t think too hard, if you have the most fun picking out an outfit – admit it!  You can tailor a major around anything)
  2. Make a work criteria list that you would want (i.e. manage people, easy work life balance, 9am-5pm, work alone, no travel, fast pace) if this is the case yet you’re telling yourself you want to work in finance, you need to realize that your wants don’t match up to a career in finance.  These are now things you can ask your advisor about or bring up with employers during interviews or informal meetings on campus.
  3. Go to the admissions office or the registrars office and pick up a course catalog – it has all the majors your school offers and classes you will take within that major.  Do some research.
  4. Meet with professors.  Many of them have worked in the field that they teach.  Ask them what the career is like.
  5. Finally….suck it up and pick something.  You don’t want to waste your time in college.  Pick anything that you even remotely enjoy (you don’t have to love it).  Once you pick it you can then use the remainder of your time at college working to get an internship and eventually a job.  This may sound pushy but you all need to understand that once you pick you major it doesn’t mean you miraculously get handed a job in that field.  Picking your major is the first step.  You will need to use the time from when you declare that major to the time when you accept your first job offer to build up that lovely piece of paper we call a resume.  So yes… if you’re still complaining because you have no idea what you want to study my kind words of advice are…. suck it up and throw a dart.

With | Love

{GMS}

It’s Okay To Fail

Welcome failures into your life and don’t dwell on them.  Force yourself to change your thoughts, think positive.  It’s how we grow.  What matters is not that you failed, but that you recovered.

Surviving The First Month

How is everyone?  I assume you are all in full swing at this point.  Classes and professors have loaded up the work, late night study dates have begun, and a new level of stress you didn’t know existed has now taken over your body.  This first month is critical for setting up the rest of your semester.  Don’t let bad habits take over.  Start to take control of your responsibilities.  Have you done to the gym yet?  Don’t let late night snacks and increased ‘liquid’ calories mess up your health.  Need a quick check up to make sure you’re doing the right things?  Read below on some Month One survival tips.  Are you doing them?  Did you remember to do them?  Have you even thought about them yet?  Enjoy!

1. Get to know your roommates – sit with them and really get to know them.  These are the people you are going to spend the most amount of time with. You don’t have to be their best friend but you do have to live with them (and they have to live with you).

2. Get Organized!  Your professor may have assigned work and projects and told you about them on day 1.  Don’t expect them to remind you everyday about it and if you forget to hand it in when it’s due you will not get away with the excuse ‘i didnt know it was due.’  Get a planner and fill in the dates when assignments are due.

3. Go to class – Sleeping in and skipping your morning class may seem tempting, who’s making you go anyway?  Get up and go!  You are paying to be there, don’t waste your money.

4. Meet with your professors.  Take the extra minute to show up before class or stay after class and meet your professor.  Ask them a question, or tell them that you are enjoying their class so far.  They’re human (everyone likes to be given complements) and they’ll appreciate the positive feedback.

5. Let go of the pressure of having to know exactly what you want to study – You’ve probably met a number of people who say they know exactly what they want to do when they graduate (i’d bet money that majority of those people have no idea what they want to do).  College is a time to discover what you want to do.  Let those people do what they want to do and be excited that you aren’t locked into one track right now, you are exploring!

6. Stay healthy! Go to the gym, eat your fruit and veggies, listen to music and go for a walk by yourself.

7. Take a deep breath – right now!….ahhh feel better?

8. Don’t cut corner – nobody got placed on the top of the mountain, they all had to climb it.

9. Seek help when you need it – are you really stressed?  Are your eating habits getting out of hand?  Are you drinking more than you expected?  Dont be afraid to ask for help.  Walk to health services (trust me they’ve seen and heard it all) and tell them what is going on.  Are you confused on an assignment?  E-mail your professor, reach out to a classmate or go to the tutoring center.  People want to help you.

1o. Call home to your family – they miss you, they want to hear from you.  Do you love your family?  Tell them.

 

What if Your College Didn’t Give Diploma’s

Every student who attends college will put in varying amounts of effort yet every student who attends college (and passes all their classes of course) will receive a very expensive piece of paper and a handshake from their Universities president at the end of four years.  There are some days you just don’t feel like putting in the effort, some days you don’t feel like going to that guest lecturer (it’s not required so who cares) because no matter what, as long as you pass (with a C or an A ) you will be handed your diploma.

Would you do college differently if you had to go for four years but you were not given a degree?

What would you work towards during your four years if you don’t have that expensive piece of paper to work for?

What would you try and get out of college if you had to go but there was no such thing as a bachelors degree?

Think about it… after your four years at college you walk up to an employer and hand them your resume.  You did four years of college.  The person next to you only went to high school but it’s been four years since they went so you’re both the same age.  Under the ‘Education’ line on your resume you both have High School Diploma (remember there’s no such thing as a college degree).  Who will they hire?  Answer: they hire the other person.  Why?  Because you spent four years partying and just going to class.  They spend four years traveling, doing mission work, community service, they attended conferences, and held part time jobs here and there.  You get angry… you just spent four years at college!  How can they not hire you???  The thing is, you had every opportunity to do what they did.  Why didn’t you take it?

Think about college now.  What will you try and get out of your years at college if you weren’t handed a diploma at the end?  You might think…. well what’s the point of college then if it’s just all about experience?  Well, there are many reasons academically, socially, growth, etc but for the purpose of this post…. the point of college is that you get spoon fed the opportunities to do the same things that the ‘non-college-goer’ did while they had to research and work their butt’s off to find and create those opportunities.

You are lucky!  Don’t waste what you are given.

The Classroom

Difference #3 – On a more serious note here let’s talk about the classroom.  The classroom experience is very different in college than it is in high school.  For one thing, you’ll very quickly stop using the term Mr. or Mrs. and instead start calling all college teachers ‘professor’ or ‘Dr.’  It’s a strange transition at first but… get used to it.  In terms of how you are expected to learn is also very different.  In H.S. your teachers tell you want to study, you memorize the material and then spit it all onto the test and then forget everything as soon as you leave the classroom.  I was guilty of it, honestly couldn’t tell you one thing I learned in H.S.  In college you are expected to be engaged in the classroom.  You will learn to think differently, you will be expected to have your own opinion in which it will be encouraged to question the topics in course, fight for your opinion and debate topics (professor’s love this!).  They will not tell you what is most important but rather give you A LOT of material and leave the opinion up to you.  This is challenging especially when studying for exams.  Professors might give you hundreds of pages to study but then only ask a question from one section of the text.  Also, while you should respect your professors it is not uncommon to become friends with them and sit and chat over coffee about careers, life, classwork, etc.  Overall… don’t go into your classes expecting to be spoon fed answers,  learn to ask questions and form your own thoughts and opinions in class (if you think they will make you sound like a geek see my post below…geeks are COOL!) For the sake of all in academia, take control of your education and get excited about your classes!  

*Note – During the beginning of the school year I will be talking about what professors DO and DO NOT like about students.  Make sure to check back!!

Happy Friday!

G

High School vs. College

Do you know that college is different than high school?  No kidding, right?  In fact, it is very different.  Over the next few weeks I will be entertaining you with posts about those differences.  Obviously I’m a bit bias but college is seriously better than high school.  Get excited!!!  and then come back and visit for your inside (ice cream) scoop (i love ice cream) to learn whatcha gettin’ yourself into.

~it’s a good day~

Gab