There’s nothing quite like college: you’re young, there’s what seems like limitless opportunities, and the world is probably more open to you than it will ever be, or at least it seems that way. So why not take advantage of the moment, right? Right. Just make sure you don’t pick up any bad habits along the way:
- Putting off reading, or that paper, or studying for that exam. The nice thing about college is that you have a lot of academic freedom. Often your professor will assign a due date but won’t keep tabs on your progress, meaning it’s your responsibility to get your work done. On the other hand, that could also be one of the worst things about college, especially if you procrastinate. Procrastinating can result in all-night study or work binges, which aren’t fun, efficient, or good for your grade point average. In order to avoid being that person in the library with blood-red eyes and piles of empty coffee cups next to you, put the effort in to get your homework done as it’s assigned instead of when due dates are close.
- Pizza, chicken wings, Chinese takeout, oh my. There’s nothing wrong with ordering some of your favorite food once in a while, especially because you can order it directly to your door instead of having to walk all way to the dining hall. And hey, who doesn’t love a big greasy slice of pizza or two (or ten) once in a while? But if it becomes a regular habit, then not only will your body ask you to take it easy (hey, heart health), but your wallet will start to give you some lip.
- Let’s get wasted! Nah, let’s not. Especially if you’re underage. Not only could you get in trouble, heavy drinking takes its toll on your body, energy levels, and your ability to concentrate.
- Peace and quiet. That’s right, too much peace and quiet is a bad college habit. For real. Think about it: when will you be living so close to all your friends ever again? A little alone time once in a while is good. But sequestering yourself away in your room like it’s your very own Bat Cave? Bad. Get out there and socialize. Enjoy the college experience before it’s over.
- Sticking to the plan. Plans can be helpful. But sticking to them too closely can be too your detriment. College is a place where you should grow as both a student and a person. Push yourself in new ways, whether that means taking classes you never thought you’d take or by participating in an activity you never thought you’d enjoy, because chances are you will.