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Five Hot Tips For Succeeding in College

High school graduation is behind you. You may not be twenty one years old but you’re not a baby either. Hopefully you’re doing your own laundry and paying for your own gas. but maybe not… At any rate, adulthood is staring you in the face and you can either break and run or buck up, step up to the plate, and assume a somewhat adult role. No one is asking you to become your parents. It won’t be so bad. There’s really a lot to look forward to….really!

Whether you’re planning to attend a college, major university, community college, technical school or a business school, you will have some decisions to make. First, do you want to succeed or fail? Make up your mind right here and now because now is the time. Some people waste a lot of time and money trying to decide what they want to be when they grow up. It’s OK not to be certain what your major will be yet. It’s not OK to take it so lightly that you don’t make the most of your time right now.

If you have chosen a full load of classes, you have to have some fire under you. You can’t say to yourself, “I’m kind of tired today so I’m going to skip my morning class.” You can’t say, “I know I have a paper due on Friday but it’s only Tuesday.” You can’t say. “I think I’ll stay home today because Aunt Gertrude is coming from Montana.” If you’re tired, drink a Diet Coke. If your paper is due on Friday, it should be just about done by now. And tell your mother to go to the airport for her sister, because you have school today!!!

Are you starting to catch the vision of how serious this school business is? It must take priority in your life because you want to be somebody some day. You want to feel good about your accomplishments. You want to be an example of success and achievement. The only way that can happen is if you develop good habits today.

First: School before play. If you study hard, do your work, go the extra mile in working towards an “A” you will more than deserve to take some time off for fun…but not until!

Second: surround yourself with people who have the same goals that you have and want to succeed in school. Ditch the friends who want to party first and study second. They will be gone before long anyway…flipping burgers and changing oil.

Third: Be an active, engaged student. Sit in the front row sometimes. Act interested and ask questions. Not only will you appear intelligent (not that you’re not) but the instructor could take a liking to you…which can’t hurt when the grades come out.

Fourth: Join a club or sorority or fraternity. Students who participate in school activities tend to be better students. Go figure…

Fifth: Picture yourself five years from now. Where will you be and what will you be doing? The picture will look brighter if you have an education! It will look dismal if you don’t.

Remember…what you think about, you will bring about. If you tell yourself, “I can do this” and believe it with your entire being…even if it seems impossible…you will succeed. You will fly! You will have great days in school and you will have bad days. Just keep your eye on the prize…an education…and remember, you and (only you) get to choose what kind of a life you will live!