#whenincollege

Life of a WWU Student

Anonymous asked: So. I'm going off to a pretty hard college in less than a month. AND I still haven't got my shit together. I used to be so diligent about doing my hw and studying. But after the second half of Junior year, things just started crumbling. Any good study tips? Btw, your blog is HILARIOUS. :)

You know I used to be the same way. I was a smart kid in high school. Everybody thought I was going to go on and do great things in college. When I moved away from home and started my freshman year of college I was exposed to a world where I was now able to do whatever it was that I wanted. I did everything my heart desired, but care about hw, school, and education. I probably spent 80% of my time in college screwing around and partying until I finally sat down the quarter before my graduation and really started thinking about my future. I realized my grades (although decent) were not enough to get me into dental school. I always knew I wanted to be a dentist, but I never was fully committed to it. That summer, before I graduated I sat down and told myself, “I am going to do whatever it takes to get into dental school.” That’s when my life took off. I went back to school for my last quarter and really hit the books. Every time I would think about screwing around or ditching class I remembered my goal and that would push me back in the right direction. I graduated that quarter with the highest GPA I’ve ever had during my 4 years in college. I’m now at another university working on a second bachelors and bringing my grades up and I’m kicking ass in all my science classes because I’m focused and am committed to achieving my goal. I think the biggest thing you need to do is set yourself a goal. Every time you get sidetracked you make sure you remember that goal and I promise you that if you are truly committed to achieving that goal you will get get back on track.

The specific things I did to change my study habits was (1) Going to class and paying attention and (2) Telling myself before going to bed exactly how I planned on utilizing my time the next morning. Number 2 was probably the biggest game changer for me. It really helped me stick to studying. I do want to point out though that I didn’t throw out my social life to get good grades and accomplish this! I just managed my time more wisely and still had fun doing it! You can do it! I know you can!