We all know the saying, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Well, the same goes for humans. Our habits are hard to break, especially when they’ve become ingrained over years of practice.
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10 Habits To Break Before Entering College
So, if you’re about to enter college, there are some habits you should definitely break before starting this new chapter in your life. Trust us, it’ll make the transition a lot smoother (and less stressful).
In high school, you could probably get away with putting off that paper until the night before and still get a decent grade. But college is different. professors expect you to hand in quality work on time, and they won’t hesitate to give you a lower grade if you don’t. So, break the procrastination habit now and learn to get your work done in a timely manner.
2. Skipping class
Again, this might have been acceptable in high school, but college professors take attendance very seriously. Not only will skipping class hurt your grades, but it’ll also give you a bad reputation with your professors. So, make an effort to show up to every class, even if you’re not feeling 100%.
3. Party all the time
We get it, college is all about having fun and enjoying yourself. But there’s a difference between partying hard and being a party animal. If you want to be successful in college, you need to learn how to strike a balance between work and play. That means no more all-nighters followed by 10 AM classes hungover.
4. Eating junk food
College campuses are full of unhealthy food options, and it’s all too easy to fall into the trap of eating junk food all the time.
But if you want to be successful in college, you need to fuel your body with healthy food. So, start making better food choices now and your body (and mind) will thank you later.
5. Being disorganized
A disorganized student is a stressed-out student. College is a lot to keep track of, so you need to be organized if you want to stay on top of things. That means keeping a planner, making to-do lists, and taking advantage of technology (there are some great apps out there to help with this).
6. Stressing over every little thing
One of the biggest mistakes students make is stressing over every little thing. College is supposed to be enjoyable, so don’t sweat the small stuff. Learn to go with the flow and roll with the punches, and you’ll be much happier (and successful) in college.
7. Relying on your parents
This is a tough one, but it’s important to learn how to be independent in college. Your parents won’t always be there to help you, so you need to learn how to fend for yourself. That means doing your own laundry, cooking your own meals, and managing your own finances. It’s not always easy, but it’s a necessary part of adulthood.
8. Being afraid to meet new people
College is the perfect time to meet new people and make lifelong friends. So, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and socialize. Join a club, go to campus events, and introduce yourself to your classmates. The more people you meet, the more fun college will be.
9. Being a slacker
A lot of students think they can coast through college by doing the bare minimum. But that’s not the case. If you want to be successful, you need to put in the work. That means studying for exams, attending office hours, and participating in class. It might not be fun, but it’ll pay off in the end.
10. Trying to do everything
There’s a lot to do in college, and it’s tempting to try to do it all. But that’s not realistic (or healthy). You need to learn how to prioritize and focus on the things that are most important to you. Otherwise, you’ll just end up feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. So, take a deep breath and focus on the things that matter most to you. That’s the best way to be successful in college.