The problem with most higher learning advice is that it only applies to a certain segment of the college student population. It assumes that the average college student faces no unique challenges. The truth is, whether they are young or old, everyone faces unique challenges. So, how about some realistic higher education advice that anyone can apply to their own situations?
Nobody makes it through college without having to overcome some challenges. Life is going to get in the way. You’re going to have to juggle family and work obligations. At some point in time, you’re probably going to deal with a professor who assigns hours of work each week as if theirs is the only class you’re taking.
Be prepared. Take only the course hours that you know you can handle. Stay on top of your assignments. Don’t overextend yourself. Most important of all, ask for help if you need it. There are resources on campus, among your friends, and online.
Have an Authentic College Experience
People may tell you that you have to do certain things in order to have a great college experience. Don’t listen to them. There is no universal, great college experience. It’s completely subjective. If your idea of the perfect college experience is to to keep your head down and earn your credits, there’s nothing wrong with that. Likewise, if you choose to be as involved as your schedule will allow, that’s perfect too. Create an authentic college experience and you’ll be happy.
Stay Healthy And Take Care of Yourself
No matter how old you are, when you go to college, you’re adding stress and work to your schedule. That takes a toll. You may find that you have less time for activities that lower your stress, less time to exercise, and less time to eat right. Getting enough sleep can also be an issue.
If you’re a younger student, you might not feel the effects of this. At least you won’t feel them immediately, and they won’t be obvious to you. But, the truth is overworking yourself, not eating right can impact your healthy sooner than you realize. It can also impede your ability to process and retain information.
If you’re an older student, you may be more aware of how extra exertion impacts you. Still, you shouldn’t let that discourage you. There are some tips that both older and younger students can apply in order to be healthy.
- Try to adhere to a regular sleep schedule, or at least as close as possible.
- Pack snacks that are filling and healthy if you’ll miss lunch during the day.
- Hydrate regularly.
- If you can’t hit the gym at least take a walk.
- Try meditating for stress relief.
- Keep partying to a minimum.
Conclusion: Learn from Others
One of the benefits of higher learning is the exposure to new people and ideas. Keep an open mind. You’ll have the opportunity to meet new people, to debate new ideas, and consider points of view that you’ve never been exposed to before. Remind yourself to avoid echo chambers, and get to know people who don’t have the same background or experiences that you do.