Three Ingredients For a Successful College Career

If you're like me, you have probably heard something like this: "College is one of the hardest things you will ever have to do in your life" or "Only smart people go to college." I'm here to tell you that college is easy. So easy that you can focus more on having fun and being involved in campus than on school work. There are three ingredients that have changed my life and allowed me to have a great college experience: set priorities, work hard, and have a mindset of thankfulness. College students struggle with setting priorities the most out of the three ingredients. Remember, you went to school to get an education, that's number one. Many things battle for your attention. As soon as I moved in, students bombarded me with joining their organizations. I signed up for at least 5 organizations that took most of my time during the week. Not to mention the fact that your friends will be asking you to hang out with them on a daily basis. How do you find time for school? The answer is simple. Where do you want to be in the next 5 years? What kind of career do you want to have? What means to most to you? The answers to these questions will help you focus on the important things and make them your priority. For me, I wanted to join the military and continue to build my spiritual fitness.

I cut out everything in my schedule except ROTC and a faith-based organization. Once I did that, I was able to achieve all my goals. The second ingredient is not what most college students what to hear, but it's the truth. I don't want you to think you have to study all day. Actually, I think about 3 to 4 hours a day is plenty of time to be successful. The key is to get as much as you can out of being in class and then review that material immediately after class. This will help you keep all the things you just learned. Another thing that is crucial to being successful is getting ahead of schedule. Don't let deadlines control you. Do assignments early and reap the benefits. If you do things early, then you can relax and think about ways to improve it. Plus, if it is completed ahead of time and you discover that you did something wrong, you have plenty of time to correct your mistake. At the end of the day, if you put in the work and prepare for class, the is a very high percentage that you will do well. The last ingredient is the most important. Going to college is a blessing. Only a small percentage of the world's population will get the chance to receive higher education. I have found that when I have a mindset of thankfulness, I excel in school. I want to be there.

I want to learn and improve my education. Most students go to class with the mindset that they "hate school and just need to get through it." That kind of mindset will get you barely passing grades and you mostly likely will leave college having learned nothing. When you are thankful to be there and want to learn, you turn into a sponge. You don't just learn things to pass a class. You are developing skills to make you successful in any career you may choose to go into. A good attitude and a thankful heart will not only help you do well in college, but will allow you to enjoy and find happiness in your college experience. No matter what people tell you or how smart you are, you can be successful in college. Let these 3 ingredients be a recipe for your college career. You will have a huge advantage over your peers and they will look to you for advice.