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3 Simple Tips To Help College Students Get Ahead In 2018

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This contributed post is for our younger Run The Money readers -- the college students out there who are tired of the same old boring routine and want to change things up. For college students looking to get ahead this year, read on.

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In the life of most students, every day is the same. You wake up early in the morning, you spend the day at school wishing you weren’t there, and then you either spend time with friends or go home.

Having this repetitive routine can really make you feel burned out, so you should be looking for ways to keep you distracted and aid the whole process to feel quicker while being less boring and productive. There are actually many ways to do this, but you need to find your angle, and get something that keeps you busy while satisfying you at the same time.

What you do will likely depend on your age, but here are a few tips to get started.

Get a job -- even if you don't have to

While it might sound odd to get a job when you’re already not wanting to work all day as it is, having something that keeps you busy in the afternoon can really help to get you through the weeks. Not only are you constantly distracted without having to think about school in your free time, but you’re also getting paid.

Obviously what you do with that money is up to you, so in a sense, you’re actually gaining freedom from tying yourself down. Even if it wasn’t a hard working job, just making sure you have something after school or during the evening is a great start! It’s not uncommon either, at a certain age people at school need to start saving for important things, like driving lessons or a car.

Take a course

More learning to distract from learning? While it’s not exactly the best sounding method, there are things out there that you should be interested in learning, and there are courses of those that you can take in your spare time.

Take this masters of school counseling online course, for example. You can study these when you’re not at school, and it can be something of your choosing. If you have the drive and the curiosity about that specific topic, it can help motivate you and get you in the mood for education more often.

Obviously, this step isn’t for students at any age, but for those who are of age, it can be a great time consumer and something that you can get a great outcome from. Your time won’t go to waste, and you’ll be busier than before.

Joining groups

While the general outlook on groups might be grim, having something you enjoy that you can share with other people can turn out to be a lot of fun. It’s important to not think about what others think, and focus on something that excites you. Especially with clubs, as they tend to be at the end of the day; if you can find a club that you enjoy, then you will find yourself meeting new people and having a motivator to get you through the school day.

The bottom line is, finding ways to keep yourself busy can make you feel a lot less bored and will make the whole experience less tedious. You don’t have time to worry or dread the next day, but instead, you might even have things to look forward to. Keeping your mind occupied is the best way to pass the time.

  • Joyce Blass says:

    When I was in college, I took the opportunity to be a student assistant in one of the offices in our school and I also joined organizations. These extra curricular activities helped get through college days without ripping my hair off. Really helpful! Thanks for posting this, hopefully more students will get to read this 🙂

    • Hi Joyce — thanks so much for the comment! I enjoyed the extracurriculars too. It’s how you get to meet so many amazing people outside of class and parties. I hope it resonates with others too! Thanks!

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