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Sinyard says good habits equal success

November 2, 2010

By Carlie Sinyard, Guest Contributor

College is a very stressful time in life. With all the papers and deadlines college can become quite overwhelming. To avoid discouragement it is a good idea to always stay on task. Developing good, strong habits and sticking to them will help maintain, balance and organize yourself. Nobody likes stress so before you reach the point of frustration think, “what can I do to better myself to reach success?”

Showing up to class on time, as well as sitting in the front of the class demonstrates a great habit. Although, some professors like boring and unexciting topics, it is still a class you need, otherwise you would not take the course. Taking notes and paying attention during lectures will help prepare for test. Studying daily and reviewing material each day proves more effective than cramming. Your professors love to help; they want students to voice their opinion by asking questions and making comments. They all have specific office hours and encourage students to stop by for help. Most importantly, students must choose classes he or she can handle and balance with other classes. It is tough to have the motivation to pay attention when another class is distracting you.

Exercising and maintaining a well-balanced diet promotes a good, healthy outlook on your day. Mama is not here cooking all the meals, making sure you are eating right. Eating healthy foods and regularly going to the gym is good for your mind, body and spirit. Also, getting enough sleep will help you perform better, and you will have more energy throughout the day.

Keeping your room neat and clean, and washing clothes on a regular basis will help relieve some stress. The extra burden of cleaning and upkeep will not be in the back of your mind while studying.

Getting involved in school activities is really important. Colleges offer lots of organizations to get involved with to make your experience worthwhile. Choose something that creates an interest or choose something new and exciting. Always strive to broaden your horizons and try new things. You can learn, meet a lot of new people, while having fun at the same time.

If one decides to drink, personal limits should be set to moderate the amount one drinks. Drinking heavily when you have class the next morning will only hurt your performance. More than likely in college, students at some point have the opportunity to drink. However, right decision making and drinking in moderation help not only to develop responsibility but also to establish priority in school.

College is the highlight of life for some students by learning about life, meeting new people and getting a great education. Having good habits will help you reach success, as well as maintaining your goals. Anything can be achieved through dedication and commitment. Start now. Start today. Better yourself in everything you do. Reach for the stars. The sky is the limit.

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