You’re heading off to college, huh? Good for you, buddy, you’re about to begin the rest of your life. This isn’t quite the real world yet, but you’re as close as you’ve ever been. College is where you’ll really get to live as an independent and free human being. Right now, you’re shackled by your parents. You’re literally kept in their home, but you’re also psychologically handcuffed because you feel as though they’re always breathing down your neck. You’ll soon be free to live life how you want. You’ll discover new things. You’ll figure out stuff about yourself. You’ll basically become a new and more mature person.

The idea of college is to learn more and more so that you can have a successful career and, thus, a successful life in the future. Yes, the experiences in between are important, too, but the real reason is the more boring one! In order to make sure you get through college life properly, you’re going to need to have your head screwed on properly. Slacking off or being too complacent might result in your getting nowhere near what you want. That said, you have to keep yourself on track for about ninety-nine percent of the time. If you can do that, then you’ve got a great chance.

How might an impressionable young thing get themselves into the right frame of mind when entering college? Well, here are a few things you can do:

Get Into A Routine

If you’re all over the place in terms of the way you’re set up, then you’re probably going to struggle to get things done. We’re not saying that you should get into the strictest and most systematic set of events, but a tidy little order would be smart. Morning and evening routines will help you get more done – that’s a fact.

Plan Things Out

This is an even more boring version of the previous point, but it’s one that will help you out so much. Yes, when you’re a freshman in college, you’re not exactly going to be thinking about the formalities of college life; you’re instead going to want to learn about this new way of life, and you’re probably going to want to party a little! During your serious moments, however, you’ll want to draw up a little schedule. It’ll help you out so much, and it’ll prepare you for post-college life – or ‘the real world’ as we call it.

Talk About Things

It’s not all going to be sunshine and roses; there will probably be times where the struggle is abundant. During these times, it’s best to talk about it with whoever will listen. Whoever it is will be able to help you to some degree. Fellow students, lecturers, counsellors – they’ll all listen and do their best to assist you.

Don’t Give Into Pressure

Be a mature grown-up when you can. Partying and having fun is great, but if things get a little out of control and you don’t want any part of it, then take yourself away from the situation. Peer pressure is such a cancer, so don’t give in to it. If things are going great, and then somebody takes out a gravity bong and suggest that you smoke something that you really don’t want to, then don’t. You shouldn’t worry about what others will think, either, because none of it matters. Your life; your rules. Don’t ruin one of the best opportunities you’ll ever have.

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