Dear 18-year-old Tina,
How does it feel, Auburn girl? Can you believe that you’re finally here? It feels like just yesterday you were in high school filling out applications trying to figure out which university would be the perfect fit, and now the time is here. Brace yourself, because you’re about to start one of life’s greatest adventures: college.
First things first – whatever it is – it’s not the end of the world. While that may sound simplified and stupid, it’s the truth. No matter what the situation is, you will get through it. Even if that test did not go as well as you hoped it would have, or that deadline for your project is approaching quicker than expected, it is all going to work out one way or another. It may feel like the end of the world in the moment, but that moment will pass. What is most important is that you take it as a learning experience and move on.
Secondly, it’s crucial to learn how to allocate time to each class in an efficient manner. During the first week of classes, take the time to organize an agenda. By writing in the various assignments and exams that are presented on the class syllabus, it will be easier to manage your time down the road. Organizing an agenda at the beginning of the semester makes it easier to get through chaotic weeks. By already having an idea of what the schedule for the class is, planning when to complete assignments will be less stressful.
Lastly, try not to ever underestimate coursework. Even if you got A’s on the first three tests or heard from a friend that it was an easy course, it’s essential to keep this in mind. Underestimating tests or assignments typically leads to last minute scrambling, which usually doesn’t produce the best work. My advice is to always put forth the maximum effort when working on any type of assignment, no matter how big or small. It is always better to be over prepared than to fall short.
College is supposed to be the time of your life, and it should be. But it’s also important to learn how to balance a healthy social life with an excessive amount of schoolwork. It’s hard to miss out on the fun, but even harder to repeat a class. Learn when to turn down invitations and stay focused on your schoolwork. It may not always be easy to stay home and study when there is something big going on around town, but it’s a lot more beneficial in the long-run.
When all of your studies are in order, you feel better. The best nights out are the nights that you don’t have to worry about schoolwork – because you already got it done! By staying on top of your schoolwork, everything else will fall into place. Think about it like this: do well in school so you can celebrate your good grades!