How to Cope With Stress in College
By Maria Fernanda Rada, YOUniversityTV Student Contributing Writer from Lynn University – Let’s face it, life in college will not be as easy as it was in high school. There are some days when you will end up with very confusing four 10 page papers to write in two weeks and you need to learn how to organize and prioritize. Once you enrolled in a class and already know your professor, you will learn what each of them looks for in a good paper and you will learn to prioritize. My advice is to start from hardest to easiest. If you have a paper due in a week, start the day it was assigned. Do some free writing of at least 5 minutes. You can also break down your day, and do 10 minutes in the morning when you wake up and 10 minutes before going to bed. It is best to start early and edit day by day, so that your paper sounds more and more polished each day.
I am not going to lie, some of your classes will be very hard and will require a lot of commitment.You probably will have to give up on certain hobbies and activities you used to engage in high school. For example, I used to work out every day at the gym when I was in high school. I used to have a sleep schedule of 8 to 9 hours a day at least. Of course that changed in college. Just consider, you are in another stage in life. As long as you go to every class, only missing when you are too sick to move off the couch, you will do good. One healthy tip you should keep in mind is that this is you’re one and only chance to get the right training that will lead you to your one career that will determine who you will represent in society. Whether your dream job is to become the next global tech innovator like Steve Jobs, the next top investor such as Warren Buffet or a leading world philanthropist such as Oprah Winfrey, you need to prioritize and organize. Do not be surprised with classmates that will try to make you look less knowledgeable in front of the class, just so they can have the attention of the professor. Always prepare your assignments the day or even week before, read the material and be ready to speak eloquently in class. You will do great!