Although this is pretty late in the year to be a doing a “back to school” post, I decided I wanted to share it anyways. See, the thing is these tips can really help at any point during the school year.. and I needed to remind myself of them, because midterms always equate to a major slump for me.

Here are my 20 tips to dominate you college experience.

1.  Be prepared.

Read the syllybus for each one of your classes so you will have a general understanding of the class and what is expected. Google your professors and read other students reviews of them, if they seem too hard, don’t be afraid to transfer out.

2. Stay in touch with friends and family from home.

Don’t forget who has supported you and encouraged you to chase your dreams.

3. Get organized, fast.

Pick out a planner system that works for you and actually use it. Block out time to focus on school and homework.

4. Get involved.. or don’t.

Honestly this one is pretty broad. If you’re the kind of person that doesn’t like crowds, try a reading club. If you’re the kind of person that likes chatting, join the Pizza Talk club. There are literally hundreds of clubs on each campus; there’s bound to be at least one that speaks to you. Don’t be afraid of looking “geeky.”

5. Get to know your campus.

This one is so important! If not for the safety aspect, knowing your way around campus makes finding buildings and classes soooo much easier.

6. Don’t be afraid to use your resources.

This one explains itself. There’s resources to help with writing, math, resumes, finances, literally everything. Use them!

7. Don’t buy textbooks before you start classes!

In some classes a textbook is not even necessary. Go to the first week of class and assess if it is or isn’t. Then price check around for purchase and rentals.

8. Don’t overload your schedule.

If you’re like me and have to work while going to school, you know you’re going to be busy. Make sure you have enough time in your day for classwork, while not interfering with your job.

9. Save money.

Even though this can be so so hard during college, try to put as much away as you can – you’ll thank yourself later for it.

10. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

If you’re confused on a topic, raise your hand or go into your professors office hours.

11. Form study groups.

Get with other students in your classes and form study groups! This is a great way to socialize AND get your studying in.

12. Don’t just make “partying” friends.

Make friends that fuel your soul, not just the kind you can have fun with. Positive friends are essential in growth during college years.

13. Learn how to make a few staple meals.

Even if all you know how to make is a quesadilla, at least that’s something you can eat!

14. Don’t be afraid to say no.

This is one of the major ones. Say no to people, parties, dates, any situation you are uncomfortable with. It’s important to learn your own boundaries.

15. Keep your mental health in check.

Although this one can be hard at times, it is just as important as staying organized. If your not on your mental A-game, you’re not going to perform your best academically.

16. Work out.

Even though this can seem tasking, even just doing an at home workout is enough. Stay active!

17. Figure out what your note taking style is.

Once you figure out what kind of note-taking-style works best for you, stick with it.

18. Keep your room/apartment clean.

A clean atmosphere makes for an easier, more functional place to work and live in.

19. Set short and long term goals.

Having goals to work towards and strive for will help keep you motivated to work hard and get things done.

20. Not all of your shi* will be “together.”

You should realize that screwing up is human; everyone messes up sometimes, especially in college. Having a bad day/week/month/year does not mean you have ruined everything. Things can be fixed. Keep going, because everything will fall into place eventually.


If you’re going to make it through college, realize that everyone else there is trying to figure out how to do this thing too. Do your best and work your hardest; thing’s will work out and you will reach your goals one day!

Do you have a #1 tip you would give someone in college?


with all the love and positive vibrations sent your way,

takayl, bona fide

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