Our guest blogger today is Clint Cora, a college and corporate diversity and motivational speaker. He is the author of two books; “The Life Champion in You” and “How To Get a Dream Job in Pharmaceutical Sales” and he is a martial arts world champion. You may learn more about him at <http://www.clintcora.com>.
Tips To Maximize Your College Experience
Good grades are important for college success. However, there is a lot more than just academics when it comes to doing well in college. Here some great non-academic tips that will help all college students.
Although you should study hard enough to get good grades, that shouldn’t be your only focus on campus. In fact, being a total bookworm is not recommended, as you will not develop the appropriate social skills for a successful career if you are constantly isolated. You need a good balance of studying, health and social life in order to have total college success. You should still take some time to do sports or exercise. Like study habits, it’s best to develop good fitness habits now because it will be darn hard later in life. If you don’t believe me, just take a good look outside or in a shopping mall to see your average American physique.
If you want to keep having a healthy body for many years to come, you have to stay physically active. It doesn’t matter whether you exercise through sports on campus, outside clubs/leagues, with your friends or even on your own. Just be active. Find activities that you will enjoy. If you don’t know what you like, try different things out. You can play tennis, try team sports like basketball, workout at one of the campus gyms, snowboard, do martial arts or even dance. The options are endless on college campuses.
Realize that one of the benefits of being on campus is that colleges often have state of the art athletic facilities. Take advantage of this as everything there is for your use. Don’t be a slouch. Make sure that you have a decent diet too. Don’t overload yourself with junk food, but don’t starve yourself either. You need good fuel to provide energy for exercise.
Make time for a social life. Social interaction will of course help develop good skills for your future career. Partying is okay, but if too much partying is affecting your grades, then you have to cut down. Go ahead and party if your grades are ok, but don’t let them sink.
Be certain to stay out of trouble with the law. Most colleges have very strict rules regarding the use of illegal recreational drugs and crime. You certainly don’t want a criminal record to prevent you from having a successful future career. It would be a shame if you ruined your future career because you did something stupid that got you in trouble with the law, especially after all the time and money you spent on your education.
Your attitude while on campus will also determine your success in college. If you have time, consider part-time work during the school year and be sure to work during the summers, in your related fields if possible. Besides making some of your own extra spending money, you will learn to deal with different people. You can only develop these people skills outside the classroom.
Often a well-rounded B+ average individual with good people skills will do better rather than the A+ student lacking in social skills. Professional success will depend on a combination of intelligence and people skills, not intelligence alone.
Be open while you are at college. These days, you will likely encounter students from many diverse cultural backgrounds. Learn to appreciate and enjoy the differences. In the course of your life, you will have to deal with all types of people; college is an ideal place to learn how. Dealing with diversity is one of the most important skills to learn, no matter what field you plan to be in.
Finally, sit in when good guest speakers are on campus. Guest speakers can expose you to useful or entertaining content that you do not get in your regular classes.
The above non-academic tips will ensure that your college experience will be of great value. As you know, college represents a significant investment of both time and money. Make the most of it.