Thanks so much for taking your time to check out my new blog! I’m so excited! I’ve always wanted to start a blog, but never knew what to write about. I wanted to make sure it was something all my readers could relate to and could benefit each of you in some way. So I’m choosing to give tips and tricks on how to survive college (at least the first three years)! I’ll also be posting some lifestyle posts every now and then!
As a freshman, I was so confused. It took me two whole years to commit to being a pre-med! How did they expect us to get good grades, make friends, stay healthy, get internships, extra curriculars, ect. ect. ect??? I was so lost then, but I am right where I need to be now. I have experienced so much and have so much knowledge that I wish I had when I was first starting out. I hope that by sharing it with you, I can help in some way!
So since it’s the start of the new semester for my fellow classmates, I have 5 tips on how to get ahead the first two weeks of classes:
1. Introduce yourself to your professor during the FIRST week:
– I was told by a professor last semester that the best way to get ahead is to put yourself out there the first week of classes. NO ONE has questions about the material the first week of classes. Most students are not even sure if they are going to stay in the course, but If you feel confident you will stay just pop in during office hours to introduce yourself and show your interest in their course. Interest in courses will also look great if you are choosing this professor to write your letter of recommendation! I attend a smaller university of around 12,000 students so I know name recognition from professors is much easier than at larger state schools. BUT they are more likely to remember you if you’re the first in their office!!
2. Get all your materials ordered the second day:
– By the end of your second day you have attended all your courses (or should have) and you are now aware whether or not your professor uses the textbook, or access codes, etc. You should order your materials right away! Nothing feels better than going into the semester organized and ready to learn. Worrying about whether you’ll have your book in time to do assigned homework just adds stress to what most of us know is already going to be a stressful semester!
3. Eat breakfast everyday:
– I know you are told by everyone “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” BUT NEWS FLASH, IT REALLY IS!!! This is the first year I have actually started meal prepping and waking up early enough to make sure I have time for breakfast. Your day will be so much more productive just by having a banana and a piece of toast in the morning (bare minimum, but still works)!
4. Take great notes:
– Most final exams are cumulative, or at least at the College of Charleston they are and in my experience the most difficult material to study is from the first exam. This is mainly due to the fact that the material was so old in my memory, BUT also because in the beginning of the semester I took the worst notes. Remember, taking good notes is not just writing down what is on the screen. When the professor emphasizes something more than once, put a star or a mark by it reminding you that it is of importance. Those are most likely the things that will be on the exam. I even go as far to write in my notes “WILL BE ON EXAM”. It can only be helpful, right?!
5. Make sure to take care of yourself:
– College is one of the most stressful times of your life, remember to eat right and exercise when you can, but don’t beat yourself up when you can’t. Most of all, just take care of yourself! Your mental and physical health is more important than your grade in organic chemistry. Don’t let the stress of a class or a grade take away from your happiness. While college is one of the most stressful times, it is supposed to be some of the best times of your life. So don’t forget to live a little and enjoy your time here!!
I hope to start my own vlog in the future as well, so if you like what you’re reading, stay tuned!