How to Survive College: Advice for College Students

Katrina Wisniewski is 28-years old. She just recently graduated from University of Phoenix Online with a Bachelors degree of Science in Communications/Journalism. Katrina is currently in the process of enrolling in Full Sail University to pursue her Masters degree in New Media Journalism.

Writing has always been Katrina’s passion. She has had the opportunity to get her poems published in a book called Versus & Curses. Katrina also hopes to pursue a career as a journalist. Reporting the news or becoming a columnist is a challenge Katrina is willing take on.

Facing your first year as a college student? Is your daily routine of homework and studying just not working out for you anymore? Are you feeling overwhelmed?

The best advice I can give you is to pace yourself. Go at your own speed. Do not take on more than what you can handle. Do not feel obligated to add-on unnecessary work or classes. Take things one step at a time.

A student fresh out of high school may think he or she can handle a full-time class schedule, when in fact they cannot handle the pressure. It is also common for college sophomores, juniors, and seniors to overload themselves with schoolwork. If a student begins to feel stressed, it is usually a sign to lighten the load.

Personally, I know how stressful it can be when you have too much on your agenda. Your grades start to slip. You will end up falling behind in class and finding it impossible to catch-up. Although, it is important to remember that college is not a competition.

Think of it this way, the more you rush through college, the more it will reflect in your grades.

A college student must learn to acknowledge his or her limits. Set your own deadlines, so you do not fall behind. Give yourself that extra time to depict errors or missing information.

I, too am a college student. So, I know what it is like to feel lost and overwhelmed with homework. You, the college student, must determine what will work best for you. It may dawn on you that one class needs more attention than others. It is your responsibility to make time for tutoring or set aside more time for studying.

Always remember, there is no right or wrong advice for college survival. Each piece of information will work differently for every student. Some may enjoy having a full class load while others prefer taking two or three classes each semester. All I can tell you is to pace yourself, know your limits because on you can determine what works and what does not.

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