Just because I’m a full-time professor doesn’t mean I don’t know a thing or two about college life – I merely crossed to the other side of the river. Being a successful student takes time and effort that you could spend doing other, more “fun” stuff.

However, thinking about the future is important, and there are ways in which you can raise your academic degree and still do the things you like along the way. What are some of the best tips I can give you on leading a successful student life?

Outline your studies

Having a good idea as to where you are going with your studies is important. Most people join a college based on friend’s recommendations or reviews they saw online.

However, think about whether or not you actually like the major you have chosen, and if not, what can you do about it? Knowing how many years you are willing to put into your academic education upfront is a good way of how much time is left until you start building your career.

Attending classes regularly

I cannot stress the importance of attending classes regularly enough. While some professors will gladly tell you that attendance isn’t important and won’t be taken into consideration – trust me, it does matter.

Attending classes help you get a good flow of information in every course during the semester. It can also help the professor remember you by name and follow your progress from A to B.

Join a club or three

There is a multitude of activities and clubs in which you can participate in and around your campus. Sacrifice some of your spare time in order to attend an activity that will help you develop new skills and unwind after a long day in class. Employers are known for hiring socially active candidates – something that can best be surmised from your activities while in college.

Start saving money early

Whether you want to get your own car, an apartment or pay off your college tuition – saving money matters. This is a great chance to start being more responsible while still having a family to fall back on as a college student. Save a little bit of money each week and put it in a safe spot where you won’t be able to use it if you are tempted.

Keep your health up

Being healthy and able to participate in all of the daily activities you have in store is important. It’s very easy to ruin your health while in college and it might never come back to the way it was before.

Sleep regularly, take naps and breaks and make sure to eat cooked food and vegetables as much as you can. Staying away from snacks and fast food is also a plus, but you can indulge yourself every once in a while.

Find part-time work

You should find some sort of part-time work if your schedule allows it. Whether you work as a cashier, a window cleaner or a freelancer doesn’t really matter in the end.

As a student, you can do anything you want as long as you don’t make that your permanent occupation. This will give you a great chance to experience adult life and earn a little extra money on the side which is always welcome.

Focus on yourself, not others

It’s easy to get distracted by social events, parties, and hangouts while in college. While you should socialize and network with your future colleagues, don’t let that get in the way of your professional development.

Find a few hours a week in which you can relax and spend some time with friends or family but never let your obligations fall out of sight. The most attention you should pay is towards yourself, not anyone else.


Becoming a successful student and an academic citizen takes energy and self-sacrifice. Many students are not ready for that level of commitment and settle for getting a degree.

Don’t overwork yourself but don’t let the chance of becoming successful slip through your fingers. It might be difficult today, but tomorrow will gladly give all of that back to you.

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