Written by Luis Moreno
The decisions that you make during your college life can have a big impact on your experience during that time. Depending on your response to different situations, it can become your experience into positive or negative. Even though you are in college to form yourself as professional, you are also there to grow as an individual, and part of this growth is to learn how to avoid things that can negatively affect you.
In my case, it took me some time to learn this lesson. Practice and error made me see what things I could have avoided in my college experience at Florida International University. That is why I am here to share with you the 5 things you should avoid at FIU.
1. Procrastination is your enemy. College is a constant fight between responsibilities and personal life. It is great to have experiences with friends and meet new people, but do not forget why you are there. Remember that you are there with a goal, and the only way to complete that goal is finishing that boring essay before the due date. Try to work ahead and complete the homework (or at least part of it) days before you must submit it.
2. Do not fall in distractions. Nowadays with all the new technologies, we have access to all the information in the world, but we also have access to all the possible distractions in the universe. It depends on what type of techniques you use to study, but most of us need to focus to understand some topics. Avoid spaces with high noises or too crowded. Use the library if you do not have access to a non-noise area in your home or dormitory.
3. Avoid fighting with professors. Educators are also humans; they have their own personality. Some of them are polite and respectful. Others are not that polite and with a huge ego. You will find all kinds of professors during your student's life, and you will not always agree with them. When you get in a situation like that, try to avoid having a confrontation with your professor as much as you can. At the end of the day, they are who post your grades. If it is something that you need to discuss, try to do it with coordinators, they will probably be more helpful and less complicated.
4. Avoid unnecessary confrontations. You will share classrooms with hundreds of students while you are in college. The most probable is that you will not always agree on everything. Topics like politics, economy, or religion will always elevate tension between people, but do not forget that they are also there to learn and find themselves. You will probably see them just once in your life, so there is no point in stressing yourself trying to change their opinion.
5. Save some money. Try to keep your mind and wallet focus on your student's needs. More and more, universities materials increase. Now are not only books but also online programs. Because of that, avoid spending money on things that you do not need. Also, research how to obtain coupons and discounts. Many colleges offer discounts codes for their students in materials and food. This tip applies even more for those who are paying tuition with a student grand.
Like everything else in life, the college has also negative sides. You must keep with the positive things and all the stuff that you are learning. You will not always find good things outside in the world, so you must learn how to deal with it as soon as possible.