How to Survive College

Ashley Noel Carter was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Throughout her entire life, she had a passion for science. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Food Science from the University of Georgia and a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. She is now a doctoral student in Nutrition at Florida State University. She has experience teaching undergraduate students at universities and hopes to pursue a postdoc and become a researcher in cardiovascular health.

College is a fun and exciting time in a person’s life. You get exposures to new experiences (maybe kayaking, new foods, or even studying abroad). However, students should not forget the main reason that they are in school. Remember the primary reason that you are in school, and that is to get an education. Yes, students should also have extracurricular activities and be a part of student organizations (leadership experience is great and may lead to future opportunities). Nonetheless, the primary goal should always be kept in mind. Try to get all you can out of college (awards, leadership experiences, community service, and additional opportunities) and make it out in four years (if not earlier) by studying, attending office hours, and seeking out additional help when you need it. Even when you do not need help, you still may want to go to office hours and study sessions to reinforce information. In addition, you want to show the professor or instructor that you are interested; never know when you may need a recommendation.
Also, never wait to the last minute; try your best to be ahead of the course schedule and you will usually be on time (if not earlier).Therefore, keeping a planner ( and an alarm clock) can be very useful. A planner helps keep students organized. The more detailed your planner, the better. “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail (Benjamin Franklin).” Once you have a plan, try your best to stick to it; do not deviate unless it is totally necessary. Therefore, being organized as much as possible is important. After all, college may challenge you on how well you use your time.
College may also challenge you on how well you study (use note cards and different colors of ink). Try you best to stay focus. Study in the library or a coffee shop, not in your dorm or bedroom. You may even want to try some brain food like protein (nuts) to keep your attention on your work. Furthermore, when studying, make sure that you can recall information before the test. You cannot just skim and barely study to get by in college. Schools want to make sure that students receive a high level of information. If you cannot remember anything, more than likely you may not be prepared. You may even want to be a part of a study group; however, use caution and stay on topic. All-nighters may need to be done too, but never cram. Just remember once it is all done, it will be worth it. College takes time, but you can survive.
After having fun and studying with a planner handy, you will find yourself surviving college. The years are going to go by so fast, so learn and enjoy as much as possible. So often, students come to college without knowing how to study or what to do or just what to expect at all. However, all is needed is a few tips (have fun, plan, and study wisely).

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