Many college students look forward to the experience. It can be exciting to begin your first year of college. It can be nerve-wracking too. And there is the chance that you will over-indulge or attend a party at least once in the beginning—especially if you live on campus. We see it all the time in college-based movies: the students set up a keg and invite more to attend and party. What most undergrad beginning college students do not realize when watching these movies is that in reality, to be successful at their education, this is a very unlikely scenario. You cannot party every weekend at school and expect to get things done. It just won’t happen like that.
While it’s one thing to have a drink or two every now and then after completing projects, assignments, and classes, it is entirely another to expect to earn good grades while indulging every night of the week. College courses take a lot of effort, responsibility, and discipline to complete, and complete successfully. Not just skating through. This is for your career and life training, remember? So I have compiled a list—because I love lists—of helpful tips to keep in mind while living on campus and attending a full time course load.
- Avoid too much ‘relaxation’: While it is important to take time for yourself to recuperate and refresh yourself after exams, long projects, and challenging assignments, it is important to remember that over indulging (check out this article ) can have a direct negative effect on the way you discipline yourself in your studies. Stick to a small group of people in a coffee shop or a group of students that get together once a week for a Frisbee game, for example. Physical activity is the best way to discipline your body and mind and helps promote good sleep and rest anyway.
- Avoid making friends with partyers: While these students and peers may be associated with you, and a friendly disposition is welcomed, it’s best to leave it at that. These stereotypical types are more likely to have lower grades, lower work completion, and overall a lower success rate of finishing college. Study buddies are cool, as are responsible students that don’t mind a break every now and then. The full dorms and irresponsible ones will ultimately lead you off your hard earned course. More on making non-partying friends.
- If you can commute to school, do so: It is less likely that, if you can commute to school, you will be in a ‘party’ environment or scene. The majority of students, who party or indulge in alcohol in excess in college, are those that live on campus. The less you are around it, the less likely you are to participate.
- Try to avoid known “party schools” in your area: While it’s tough to be choosy when applying to colleges, but it would be a good idea to research which schools are known for partying and which schools aren’t real big on it. Especially if you are going to be living on campus. Try looking through some school stats that are in your area, or check the schools that you are planning on applying to. Here are some examples of ten top party and non-party schools of 2012.
- Try to take at least one or two online courses: While some courses that are required for your degree are not going to be available online, there might be a few that are offered online. This can be very helpful if you live off-campus or are trying to avoid too many influences to party. You will not be face-to-face with other students, who in turn may be party-goers. Check out some more information on distance learning universities.
While it’s not a bad thing to spend time with friends or have one or two drinks, it’s a good idea to leave it at that, and more infrequently than regularly. Devote your time and energy to completing your coursework and earning the A. That is the reason you’re there, after all.