Granted some degrees require more education and that is perfectly fine. It is also fine to NOT have an idea of what you want to do in life because in reality, not many of us know what we want to do. So here are some helpful tips to try and make things a little bit easier.
Don’t party TOO hard
While it is nice to have fun and be responsible while doing so, understand that the average college education costs about 9 cents a minute! You don’t want to party too hard before a huge exam and then fail.
Check out Chapter 12 for tips on how to stop procrastinating. Think about it: how much more productive would you be if you didn’t keep your Facebook window open, or check it as soon as your internet opens?
Spend your time wisely
This seems very cliche, I know, but it still needs to be said. Getting overextended is one of the major pitfalls I see incoming freshman make. Sure, there is so much to do in college, but you aren’t going to be able to do everything! Pick a few things that appeal to you the most, make sure to leave time for classwork and studying.
Sometimes less is more. This is one of those cases. I have seen students invest 5, 6, 7, 8+ years attending college and never attain their degree or only attain one degree. Remember the ultimate goal is to graduate and receive your degree. You should focus on graduating the fastest way you can. Notice I didn’t say easiest! As Megan mentioned it cost you 9 cents a minute to attend college and although that may not sound like a lot 9 cents adds up. Try to get in and get out, all while making the most of your college experience, but you do not want to cheat your education. College should be challenging and you should see yourself growing and changing.
While we do encourage you to take different classes and to try a new subject that may interest you, we also encourage you not to go too far off course. Take a class that will count towards your graduation requirements. I was an education major, but I took a ceramics course. The course allowed me to try a new field of study, but it also fulfilled the “Arts” requirement I needed to fulfill my graduation requirements.
If you do not think you are ready to jump into the real world consider graduate school. You can spend the same 6 years pursuing a Bachelor’s degree or you can spend the same 6 years and get two degrees. Having a Master’s makes you much more knowledgeable in the field, allows you to stand out over other candidates, and usually gets you a higher salary.
Still confused? Make an appointment with an academic advisor. Your advisor will be able to tell you if you are on track, what classes you still need to take, and when the classes are available all leading up to your EDG (Estimated Date of Graduation)