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Updated: Sep 10, 2020

9 Ways Students Can Survive College



Your undergraduate years will be some of the most exciting, but frightening, years of your life.


You will learn so much and you will make your share of mistakes and have to learn hard life lessons. Check out these 10 tips on how to make your college experience one of your best life experiences:


1. Successfully take notes for a difficult class

Ditch some of your high school note-taking techniques. Write your notes legibility and in ways that YOU can comprehend. Sometimes, writing a simple diagram in your notes can help you study for that mid-term, later. Do not write down EVERYTHING your professors says. The point to taking good notes it to locate the main point of a lecture and some vital details.


2. Treat your roommate with dignity and respect

When you get to college, you will have a roommate. It is not easy to share a room with a stranger. If you can, start a conversation with them and get to know them. After all, you will be sharing living space.


3. Take the initiative to meet new people

It is scary to be thrown into this world of higher academia and be expected to be sociable and get excellent grades. One way to meet people is to get involved in student-led organizations that interests you. Get involved and begin to make meaningful connections.


4. Keep in contact with your loved ones

Is so easy to get caught up in ‘the college life’ that you forget to call your family. Make time to reach out to your family and friends back home. Keeping in contact with family and friends gives you an unbelievable boost of confidence and strength to deal with college life.


5. Save money on books

College is expensive enough without overpaying for books. Here are a few websites that will help ease the pain of buying books: chegg.com, amazon.com, Ebay .com, and half.ebay.com. If you can, rent the books you need. Buy used books. Buy your books from other students that no longer need them (look up Facebook groups dedicated to this as well).


6. Seek out job and internship opportunities

If you want to know how to get a job/internship while in college? Ask. Your college likely has several websites dedicated to finding employment and internships. If you can’t find that awesome internship you wanted– Volunteer. Volunteer in your department of study. Volunteer as your favorite professor’s teaching assistant.


7. Ask important questions

Ask questions. Don’t let anyone make you feel bad for wanting to get an understanding of something. If it is important for you to know, then have the confidence to ask all the questions you need to


8. Become comfortable with yourself

You are going to notice that you will start to change more and more while at college. Get comfortable with who you are because ‘you’ are going to be with ‘you’ for the rest of your life-so you might as well learn to love yourself now.


9. Avoid making bad decisions

Media and society will make you think that alcohol, drugs and random hook-ups make your college life worthwhile. Avoid anything and anyone that threatens to deter your college career. Think about this; if you didn’t do ‘that’ before you got to college, chances are you don’t need to do ‘that’ while you’re in college.


C.A.N. is here for you to ensure that you are up to the challenges that lay ahead. If you would like to discuss the transition to college and how C.A.N. can be of assistance, please fill out the contact us page on our website. http://www.canstudentconsultants.com/

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