Coming to college you are coming in with a fresh start; you’re making friends, joining organizations, working on new education, and all in all, figuring who you are.
With this being said, my first semester as a college student was not what I thought it would be. My priorities were not straight as my social life came before anything, the school sat at the back of my mind, and my sorority events were all I cared about.
I noticed that because I didn’t have anything planned or a set schedule for myself I would continue going in a downward spiral. My mental health was at one of its lowest and in all honesty, I didn’t care. If my mental health wasn’t good and this meant my grades weren’t either. At this point, I thought I was in a place of no return. I don’t want to say all it took was advising with the assistant dean of students and seeing a therapist because that takes a lot for someone to do, but once it had been done things started happening in my favor.
The assistance was appreciated and before I knew it, I was back on my feet again. Your social life is important but there is a time and place for that. We pay for an education Drake University has to offer for a reason and if that isn’t a priority in my eyes, there is no point to be attending such a great college.
I have learned that there is time for a social life once my biggest priority is completed and that having a planner is in my best interest. A planner allows me to view my schedule for when I am available for friends but also reminds me of class, homework, quizzes, and tests that need to be completed. This has led me to an overall healthier lifestyle and this may not be for everyone but this is a strong suggestion that I tell people who are struggling in school.
How to set your priorities straight?
- Purchase a planner
- Write out your schedule for the week
- Star your priorities (classes, meetings, assignments)
- Write important days to remember (events, birthdays, etc.)
- Personalize it and make it your own! Use colors, stickers, or stencils!