I have officially finished my first semester of college, so what did I learn?
1.) College is what you make of it
Going to college just to go is not an experience. The fun you will remember is from the effort you make putting yourself out there for the world to see. Make friends, join clubs, attend campus events. But, whatever you do, just do something.
Goal for next semester: Attend more club events and talk to mentors more.
2.) Change up your study spot
Studying outside of your living space will help alleviate distractions. I study at the Iowa Memorial Union because of its proximity to me and because I can change up my study spot a lot within one building just by going to a different room.
Goal for next semester: Try studying somewhere new every week.
3.) Find friends that will hold you accountable
Friends will help keep you going in a social or school setting. Having friends that know you well enough to study, attend meetings, or work out with you will help in motivation and sticking to a schedule.
Goal for next semester: Branch out and find more people I have things in common with.
4.) Stay organized
College will keep you busy. Between classes, work, studying, eating, workouts, and meetings, you may not have much time for yourself. Keep an updated schedule and a clean room. This will allow you to know what you are doing, when, and where your stuff is.
Goal for next semester: Clean out my desk drawers and keep them clean!
5.) Set goals
Goals will keep you motivated with what you want the most. Be brave, daring, and work towards self-improvement. Setting an “outrageous” goal isn’t scary if you break it down step by step, so shoot for the stars.
Goal for next semester: Keep an updated goal sheet on my desk.