Typically, there are three types of college students: those who either get failing grades or passing grades but enjoy life the most, those who can balance getting quite good grades and still go to parties, and those grade conscious brainiacs who live in the library and have never been to a single party before.
However, is it possible to obtain the highest possible grade and still live your life to the fullest? As for me, I have discovered that it is possible to obtain the highest grade my university could offer and still be able to do the things I like to do. As said by Rhonda Byrne in her book, The Secret, “Decide what you want. Believe you can have it. Believe you deserve it. Believe it’s possible for you.” This is one of the quotes I have retained in my mind whenever there are things that I wanted to achieve in my life. It is as simple as picturing what you want, and if you believe enough that you can have it, then you will have the willpower to do the best you can and be able to achieve it.
True enough, it is stressful for students who cannot balance studies and personal activities such as going to parties or playing computer games and studying for exams at the same time, to obtain the highest grade possible. However, with enough discipline and willpower anything is possible. Therefore, I would like to share three simple tips on how to be a college scholar without sacrificing enjoyment.
As mentioned earlier, “Decide what you want”. At the beginning of the semester, try picturing all your grades being an A or flat. Does it look too good to be true or is it attainable? Of course it is attainable! In the first place, it wouldn’t be included in the grading system if it isn’t. If you don’t think an A, the highest grade, is possible for you as you had not gotten that high of a grade before, then set something more realistic, but not so low that you have such low standards. With a specific goal embedded in your mind the whole semester, your path to your goal will not go astray because right from the beginning, you have already formed a firm resolve that whatever happens, you will achieve your goal by the end of the semester.
Goal-setting is useless without action. You must now put your words into motion. Do not just only say, “Oh, I want a flat 1 or an A in this subject at the end of the semester.” You have to mean what you say! And what better way than putting your words into action. Do every homework right after you go home and had some rest, do your projects a month, or even earlier, before the deadline, study thoroughly for quizzes ,even if they are just 5-10 items, be the group leader or a good follower in class activities, raise your hand if you know the answer to a question, study for your exams and do not miss any of it.
This list above may seem hard, but the truth is, they will never barrage you if you do them one at a time, or if you do them right after they were delegated to you. Procrastinating is awful because it is the road that will lead you to failure.
Enjoy the process
The third tip is to have fun! School requirements such as homework, quizzes, and projects do not come every single day, especially during the prelims. Therefore, enjoy these times while they last because before you know it, the stressful finals is fast approaching. If you have done all the requirements from all of your subjects, then the weekends are the best days where you could go out and hang-out with your family or friends or just stay in and watch some movies or play computer games. It is not healthy for your brain to always be stressing about school matters; you’ve already done your part by finishing them early during the weekdays, and therefore, weekends should be devoted to pampering yourself and not to let stress get the best out of you.
Having these three simple tips in mind would actually give you some inner peace at the end of the semester. Why? Simply because of these three things: first is you have gained new information and actually became more knowledgeable than when you first started the semester; second, you have made your family, especially your parents, happy because you are a scholar for the next semester, meaning they will not have to pay your tuition fee for the next semester, and they will actually be more proud of you; lastly, you achieved your goal in a systematic, stress free and enjoyable way.
These simple tips on how to be a college scholar and still enjoy life, which are to set a goal, to put your words into action, and to have fun, will certainly make your school life more worthwhile. We are in school because we value education. For us who are fortunate to be able to go to schools or universities, we should always remember that education is your key to success. It does not only mean that you get to be rich afterwards; it also means that your existence have somewhat became more relevant because after all the endeavors you faced you will be able to help yourself and others around you.