Best Advice That You Would Never Hear As a College Student
How many times have you heard the same advice over and over again by peers, family and instructors about the importance of your education and the impact of your GPA on your future career choices? There is a lot of academic advice thrown around in schools and colleges that can scare the living daylight out of the students and prevent them from actually enjoying their college life. It is true, your education should be nothing but the top priority in your college years but that does not mean you have to spend every hour of the daylight studying bulky books over and over again so that you GPA can creep up from 3.5 to 3.6. The secret to truly enjoying your college life while maintaining a good GPA lies in a few pieces of unconventional advice that often goes unsaid.
Arrange your important tasks around the time when your brain is in its most productive stage
Some people have better productivity the first thing in the morning while other nocturnal owls out there can find themselves working best in the late night hours. It’s best to embrace the timing when your brain is working at its best and the creative juices are really flowing. For some of you it may even mean working hours before an assignment or studying the night before the test but if that’s how you like to do things, don’t let someone else tell you that you are doing it wrong.
Ever heard of diminishing marginal return? Guess what, it applies to your GPA too
It’s true what they say about GPA; it truly is everything a college student stands for and in order maintain a good GPA you must work fairly hard and be consistent in your academic performance. But when you have reached a GPA of 3.5 or above, the value of the time you put in to make it go even higher can diminish significantly. Imagine spending the entire weekends working endlessly on assignments just so that you can go from an A- to an A when you could be spending the weekend with your friends and family – after all an A- is just as good as an A.
Focus on your relationships just as much as you do on your studies
Your grades are important, but so are all the important relationships in your life. Most of the time you find yourself saying no to movie plans with your significant other, turning down an invitation for a few drinks with your pals, or missing important family dinners so that you can get extra time for studying but the truth is that college is a life-time opportunity to meet and connect with like-minded people and developing long-term friendships, do you really want to miss out on it?
Communicate better with your roommate
Getting along with a roommate is never easy. It is rarely the case when you and your roommate get along really well together and become best pals. In most cases a lot of effort has to be made in order to ensure a functional roommate relationship and the number one cause of roommate conflict is communication failure. It is better to have a clear talk with your roommate in the beginning of the year and make a schedule of responsibilities for the two of you so that there is no confusion.