College, for many, is the first long-term time away from home, which makes it a time for experimenting and having fun. However, for many college students, that leads to failed classes, debt, and dropping out. Considering the importance of a college education when it comes to acquiring gainful employment it is really important for a college student, no matter what their age or what year of college they are in, to focus on studies and get through college with flying colors.
You can still make new friends while you are in college, but it’s important to keep your eye on the prize. What is important about college are your studies, and what you learn, not the parties and people you meet. Here are some ways to work on focusing on what’s important while you’re spending your days in the dorms.
Skip The Parties
While partying in college may seem like fun and a great way to let off steam, it’s also a great way to start down the wrong path. Alcohol abuse and drug use can lead to addiction, which can start with an innocent college party. Plus, college and frat parties are high-risk places for binge drinking and alcohol poisoning.
Unless the party is happening in your own dorm room and there is no way to avoid it, skip going to parties. If you do need an escape from homework go, but don’t drink and don’t stay long.
Wait For Dating
You’re going to meet a bunch of new people while you are in college so there is no reason to jump into relationships too soon. Sooner or later you’ll graduate and you will both go back to your hometown, or moving on to wherever your future career takes you. There is no reason to risk broken hearts while you’re trying to plan your career future.
Have A Dedicated Work Space
Having a dedicated study and workspace in your dorm room can be a great way to help you keep focused. Studying in bed isn’t going to be conducive to learning, so having a desk can be a great asset.
Make Study Buddies
Having some good friends in your different classes that you can study with can also be beneficial. Study buddies can be motivational and they can help you keep on track and fill in on any areas you are lacking in.
Have A Creative Outlet For Breaks
When you need a break from homework and studying skip the party and find something more creative to do with your time. Embracing creative hobbies can actually help give your brain a good workout. Take up journal writing, go for hikes, do yoga, or take an art class.
Don’t let college stress you out, but don’t make things even more difficult by neglecting your studies!