McGraw: Advice for the Lazy College Student

Now that I’ve officially graduated (this is still so crazy to me) I want to provide some advice for people still in school. The twist is that we’re all lazy at one point or another. I’m providing advice on how to manage through college, even if you’re like me and sometimes get lazy with school work.

1. Do good in your class so you don’t have to stress as hard in your finals.

That’s not to say to slack off in your finals. Please, do good on your finals and put in the work and study. However, if you do good on your class throughout the semester and you feel like if you bomb this final, you’ll still pass with a C? Do that.

For two of my classes that I had an-in person final, I did pretty well throughout the semester and had an A average in those classes. That’s not to say I didn’t study for those finals (because in both of those scenarios, I actually didn’t have a lot of time to study) but I knew that I could still pass the class because I kept up throughout the semester.

Finals can be stressful, so do yourself the favor of keeping your grades up throughout the semester so you don’t have to stress as hard.

2. Do your homework at your college (especially if you commute.)

I can’t stress this point enough. Do your homework at your college where you can actually study in peace and not have to worry about any other outside obligations distracting you.

This especially rings true if you are a commuter. Depending on how far you’re coming from home to your college, it’s probably more worth it to just do your work there. It takes time to come home and get reacclimatized with your work, so if you’re able to do your homework at your college and then focus on stuff at home, I highly recommend you do that.

3. Pick majors/minors that can double up on credits.

I was a public relations major with two minors in journalism and sports communication. Because all of these degrees are communication degrees, a lot of my electives and classes could double up and go towards the major and minors. Make sure you’re aware of your school’s policy before doing this, but it should work. This way, you can get your major and minors done at the same time without having to spend longer at your college than you intend to.

4. Pick a major that you’re obsessed with.

Going off of my last point, make sure you pick a major that you absolutely love. I changed my major three times, but I finally ended up with a career path I was happy with. If you’re not happy with what you’re doing, please, please change your major. Do something you’re happy with. You will not regret it and you’ll actually enjoy college.

To go off of that point, if you’re starting at a community college, you might not be going into the field you want right away. That’s totally fine! They can help guide you towards what you want to do when you transfer. Typically, a liberal arts degree will work for that.

5. Honestly – save your money. Or spend it.

I used to be terrified to spend my money. Seriously. I would not touch my debit card at all. However, once I got to my four-year school, I realized that I’m going to have to spend money for food or clothes or any necessity that I needed.

It’s important to save your money and not spend it on stuff you don’t need. However, if you need food or you just want to go shopping between classes, there’s nothing wrong with splurging a little!

6. Pick and choose 3-5 clubs you’ll devote a lot of your energy to.

Everyone tells you that it’s important to get involved in college. This is true, the more you’re involved with, the more opportunities there are and the more friends you meet. However, instead of spreading yourself too thin, it’s probably more worthwhile to devote your time and energy to 3-5 clubs that you’re interested in (or that will help you in your career) and focus on that. I was only fully a part of 4 clubs and organizations at my college because that’s all the time I had for, plus my internships. The good thing about the clubs I was a part of is that I have something to show for them when I apply for jobs.

College can be scary. It can be a culture shock. Sometimes, you might not want to be the perfect Type A student. That’s totally okay. I hope these tips help with you being able to stay on track and stay focused so you can get that degree!

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