How to Succeed Your College Life
Choosing good college is very important part of making your career strong ,but more important is that how you should manage college life, and how much you are going to pay your time for books,College is a pivotal time in everyone’s life. It is the beginning of life on your own, and a
chance to become whatever you want to be. Often times college students get caught up in their dreams and ambitions and forget about the realities of life; namely, the reality of money. So how does a college student go about effectively managing their money? The college search doesn’t have to begin and end with the Ivies and the name brand schools.
Here are some ideas that will help you succeed in college:
Have Clear Goals
College success requires commitment and a lot of hard work. You must be very certain about the importance of a college education.
-> Be clear about why you are going to college.
-> Establish specific goals you wish to accomplish.
-> Know what it will take to reach these goals.
-> Be certain your goals are consistent with your interests and abilities.
-> Be flexible – change your goals if needed based on your experience as you progress through college.
Set up a savings account.
Now that you have some money to manage, you should look into all the banks in the area. Talk to an accountant who can help you in making an informed decision as to which bank best suites your circumstance. Many banks offer accounts specifically for college students with better benefits and interest rates.
Get Financial Aid if Needed
-> Consider all possible sources of financial aid in addition to your college’s financial aid office.
-> Meet all deadlines for submitting applications and documentation.
-> Respond quickly and completely to all requests for additional information.
-> Be persistent in following up your application.
-> If you do receive financial aid, meet all requirements to keep and continue your aid.
Manage Your Money
-> There are many ways to spend money in the college setting for other than education purposes. Take steps to ensure that you do not waste the money set aside for your college education.
-> Set a budget and keep to it.
-> Be careful about your use of credit cards. Don’t overspend. Pay balances promptly to avoid high interest costs.
-> Open a checking account and carefully monitor your balance.
-> Keep your cell phone under control. Those minutes and fees can really add up.
Stay Physically and Emotionally Healthy
You will need to be at your best to succeed in college. This means taking care of your body and maintaining a good frame of mind.
-> Get enough sleep.
-> Don’t rely on coffee and drinks that contain high doses of caffeine to provide you with energy. Foods such as pasta, peanut butter, non-sugar cereals, and fresh fruit are healthy alternatives to provide the energy you need.
-> Avoid junk foods. Fast food is convenient but usually not good for you.
-> Use the services of the student health office. These services typically include emergency treatment, low cost examinations, and low cost or free medication.
-> Use the services of the counseling office. The professionals there can help you overcome feelings of loneliness, depression, and anxiety.
Make Good Use of the Library
You are going to spend a lot of your time in college at the library. Take full advantage of this major resource.
-> Get to know the resources of the library as soon as you get to college.
-> Learn to use its computer resources and card catalogs.
-> Make good use of its equipment such as copy machines, microfiche readers, production facilities, etc.
-> Check out its quiet study areas. Sign up for their use if required.
Tips for How to choose right College for you.
1. Start with who you are and why you are going.
You need to examine yourself and your reasons for going to college before you start your search. Why, really, are you going? What are your abilities and strengths? What are your weaknesses? What do you want out of life — something tangible or intangible?
Are you socially self-sufficient or do you need warm, familial support? Talk with your family, friends and high-school counselors as you ask these questions. The people who know you best can help you the most with these important issues.
2. Size matters: Your college does not have to be bigger than your high school.
Most good liberal arts colleges have a population of fewer than 4,000 for a reason; college is a time to explore, and a smaller community is more conducive to internal exploration. It is not the number of people, but the people themselves and the kind of community in which you will learn that really matters. Many large universities have established "honors colleges" within the larger university for these same reasons.
3. A name-brand college will not guarantee your success.
Think about the people in your life who are happy and successful and find out where (and if) they went to college. Ask the same about "famous" people. You will likely find that success in life has less to do with the choice of college than with the experiences and opportunities encountered while in college, coupled with personal qualities and traits.
Employers and graduate schools are looking for outstanding skills and experience, not college pedigree. As you search for colleges, ask about student outcomes; you will find many colleges that outperform the Ivies and "name brands," even though you may have never heard of them! Visit the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) for help on sorting through the information and for great questions to ask when visiting and choosing a college.
4. You don’t need to pick a major to pick a college.
Very few high-school students have enough information or experience to choose a major. You need the variety and depth of college coursework to determine your interest and aptitude. Most college students change their minds two or three times before they settle on a major, and they can still graduate in four years! Being undecided is a good thing and will leave you open to more academic experiences.