Hey there guys!! J.P here again with a few words of wisdom!
Well in case you didn’t already know, I’m a freshman here at Azusa Pacific University. Ironically, I’m not on the campus (The campus is pretty dope!), I’m at the semester long program called “High Sierra” where we study in the mountains and get to do outdoors-y stuff like go on a 6 day trek in Yosemite (We leave this Thursday which means no school for 6 days! hah)
Here’s a picture of the 23 students and teachers/mentors/friends here at the High Sierra program. It’s an amazing community:
Anyway, even though I have only been in college for a couple of weeks now, I’m already starting to slowly get stressed and even more stress. STRESS SUCKS!! In college, you tend to get so busy with countless things such as SCHOOL WORK, clubs, sports, extracurricular activities, friends, and so on.
The most helpful tips I found out were obvious, of course. Here are some of them:
1. PRIORITIZE!!!! Always start and finish the things that are most important like class work like essays and reading books. I procrastinate A LOT, so the faster you finish your work, the faster you get to all of the other fun stuff APU offers. I can’t “stress” enough about how important it is to get the most important stuff out of the way first.
2. Make a “To do list”/ Calendar —-I always make a to do list with my homework for each class, upcoming events, and planning what days I can go out and have fun and whatever else. It helps a lot to see what you have already completed but crossing them off the list, and what you still need to do.
3. DON’T PROCRASTINATE!!!!!!!—–It’s so easy for a friend to stop by your dorm and want to chill or go out to lunch or dinner. I know it is hard to say no when all of your friends urge you to do something, BUT there will be plenty of countless opportunities to hang out and socialize. You have 4 years to do that! Grades and academics come first!!!
I could say a lot more, but none can come to mind right now. Haha.
The faster you do your class work, the sooner you’ll be able to do this:
Hahahaha! Naps are even more amazing in college, except when you constantly have people knocking on your door to hang. But I don’t have to worry anymore since I”m here in the mountains for High Sierra semester.
College isn’t all fun and games…Don’t get me wrong…I LOOVVVEEE college, but there has to be a balance between socializing and studying/doing homework.
Just last night, I had to read 5 chapters (50 pages worth) and while I was reading, my roommates asked me if I wanted to go kayaking in the lake. I really wanted to go, but I knew had to finish reading…. Being productive means making compromises. The more you say no to your friends, the more they will respect your studying time.
Hope this helped a bit, ha! I need to go work out for my Fit For Life class, so lataz!