Now I will tell you I don’t have everything together all the time, there are times when I get overwhelmed. No one is perfect we all have our moments but these are just a few ways I keep myself on track and semi stress free. Maybe it help you will school or life you can start becoming more organized.
Organize. Organize. Organize.
Whether you are old-fashioned like me and use a paper planner or super high-tech and use your computer’s calendar, stay organized. I find it useful to use different colors for different categories in my planner. For instance, black = classes blue = home/personal life red = campus events/holiday breaks green = sorority life yellow highlighter = tests/paper due dates. Maybe I am a bit over organized, but that is how I remain more stress free.
Do NOT Procrastinate.
Almost all of us have been through the “oh, I’ll do that tomorrow” saying. DO NOT do this in college or even life, honestly chances are you will push it off till tomorrow and then someone will want to go to lunch or a pop up problem will arise or honestly you may just not feel like doing it. Putting it off will only cause problems later. I write mostly papers for my classes and so I find if I at least start my paper and slowly work on it leading up to the due date it is a lot less stressful, than trying to throw it out there onto the page the night before.
Do not get distracted.
Everyone focuses differently. Some can study while watching TV or listening to music while others need complete silence (and I mean complete silence) to focus. Learn what works best for you. I cannot study in the library due to the fact that I love people watching. Not in a creepy way but there is something absolutely humorous about watching people in the library distracting themselves from studying; especially as the night goes on and people start drinking coffee, just saying.
Do not forget fun.
As I have said before you are only in college once do not forget to have some fun. Being anti-social and studying all the time can be really depressing and hard on you. Everyone needs to take study breaks from time to time, so why not with some friends! As well as in life, if you work day in and day out and never take the time to do something you enjoy, life is going to get dry really fast.
Do not be afraid to fail.
Too often the world makes us feel as though we need to be perfect and never make a mistake, which can often stress us out. Personally I struggled with this for years as I never wanted to break the rules or fail at anything. That was so stressful in itself.
Now in college I work hard and do my best for that is all I can control. Last semester, one of my professors was my favorite because she always tried to see your reasoning. Meaning, that let’s say you are talking about a book you read and you have a theory about how or why the main character is acting a certain way. Maybe you are not sure if you are correct. She would listen to your argument and theory and then try to see where you are coming from instead of being like, “You’re wrong, there is only one right answer” she encourages your idea and ties it into the discussion.
So many times in high school I always felt like especially in literature classes the teacher was looking for one way of interpreting a piece. We cannot be perfect all the time so test out your theories and see if maybe someone else was thinking the same thing.
Failing teaches a lesson each and every time. Now I am not saying it is okay to fail all your class but look at it as an opportunity to grow. Are you failing the classes because your are in the wrong major? Do you need to change your perception or way of approaching it? Ask yourself these questions to truly figure it out, and it will only help you in the future and make you stronger.