As some prepare to go back to college (I guess this could also be applied to High School) or going to college for the first time, here are some helpful things to keep in mind from a Super Senior
Buy A Good Planner
You may have to dole out some cash, but a good planner is imperative for school. I know that are a lot of people out there who promote Bullet Journals, and if you can do it, more power to you. The planner I use is from etsy called PlumPaperDesigns. I personally have a regular planner set up hourly, because that is how I process my days, but there are plenty of options to choose from. Also, it is personalized, so that is always a plus for me.
On the final note on planners, if you buy it Use It! I am not joking. It took me years to actually use planner I purchased (all crappy 10 dollar ones from Target btw) but once I got one I loved and once I used it, boom better(ish) time management.
Go to Syllabus Day
There are a lot of older college students that say skip it, and hell, I have skipped a few. But as you get older, your classes shrink and the more students and professors you may become more comfortable with. In addition, you get a list of all the important dates that you can put in that handy dandy planner you bought.
Join at least one student organization
This can be anything from the Adventure club to whatever club is there for your major to Greek Life. Join Something. Trust me, you do not want to think back to your college years and not seeing anything. In addition to the social aspect these clubs bring about, they are also awesome for networking for your current situations and for the future.
On that note Get a Job
Now this does not have to be done immediately, but you should have had at least one job in your four (or five) years of undergrad. A) you need to build your resume from somewhere, B) it teaches you time management, and C)money. You cannot mooch off your parents for forever. Getting a job teaches you responsibility for not only yourself, but others. It will teach you budgeting, because you really should blow your money on alcohol every weekend (been there, done that) and it teaches you how to be an adult. I have had my job for three years, and in that time I have had three raises and one promotion and then another job offer (at the same place). This will look amazing on a resume to see my dedication to my job and my place of work and will show that I know how to be an employee.
But on this note as well DO NOT WORK 40 HOURS A WEEK AND BE A FULL TIME STUDENT. it is stupid, trust me. I am doing that now. Worst fucking decision of my life. I have no time to do all my school work on top of my jobs, unless I compromise on sleep or function. Luckily, it is easy for me to go home early on some days, but for the love of all things, do not do it unless it is absolutely necessary.
Do your work earlier than later
This is something I am still trying to do, but I have learned. The earlier you get started on something, the earlier you finish and the earlier you can
party watch netflix. Trust me, your mental health and your grades will thank you in the end.
And finally (for this round) Failing is OK
You failed a class, well suck it up buttercup and retake it. College will kick you in the ass, harder and less forgiving than high school. If you though high school was easy then you are in for a wake up call. There are some classes that you could take in your sleep, but then there are some classes that you are always studying for instead of sleeping. Failing is part of life, and I do hope you get through college with all A’s and B’s, but if you fail, it is okay. From failure you learn and change and understand. I failed plenty of classes of undergrad (which is partially why I am a super senior) but I have learned from my mistakes and moved on and my mental health and grades are thankful for that understanding.