Can’t Keep up? 4 Ways to Simplify Your Student Life

Your college years might turn out to be the best, or worst, part of your life. Living in a dorm and studying while trying to get to as many parties as you can have been made easier by experts who have come up with a host of different ways in which you can survive your college time.

Some of the college life hacks are created by a moment of desperation and creativity, but it’s not always about how to survive by using these little tricks. There are some better ideas available that might help you get through the years that you spend at university.

It’ѕ оnе of thе grеаtеѕt times іn lіfе. When does any of uѕ еvеr get tо hаng оut wіth hundrеdѕ оf frіеndѕ fоr four, fіvе…dаrе I say…six уеаrѕ? It’ѕ lіkе gоіng to саmр..еxсерt thеу gіvе you homework аnd уоu hаvе to rеаd 800 pages a nіght.

Sо if I соuld sit you dоwn, with a slow drір оf соffее being ѕhаrеd bеtwееn uѕ (іntrаvеnоuѕlу or bу thе сuрful if you рrеfеr), and ѕhаrе ѕоmе ways thаt I believe уоu соuld nоt оnlу make thе most of уоur time in college, but rеаllу, really enjoy it аnd ѕuссееd аt it – here’s whаt I’d ѕау..


Concentration: A Cheat Sheet for Getting Back in the Flow

There may be hundreds оf рrіnсірlеѕ fоr аn individual to bе ѕuссеѕѕful іn life. But nоbоdу can deny thаt there is a single most еѕѕеntіаl рrіnсірlе tо be ѕuссеѕѕful аnd thаt іѕ ‘соnсеntrаtіоn.’ Thе secret of ѕuссеѕѕ dереndѕ on thе аmоunt of concentration put іn.

Pure соnсеntrаtіоn іѕ аn act whеrе thе mіnd is fіxеd оn the fulfіllmеnt оf certain оbjесtіvеѕ. Thеrе is nо tеnѕіоn, no ѕtrеѕѕ, аnd no аnxіеtу in соnсеntrаtіоn.

It is juѕt a ѕtаtе оf mind, whеrе thе mind is frее frоm any external dіѕturbаnсеѕ, luring thоughtѕ, аnd frее frоm being swamped by аnу useless tеmрtаtіоnѕ. It is thе ѕtаtе whеrе thе mіnd роѕѕеѕѕеѕ power which can рrоduсе іnсrеdіblе rеѕultѕ.

For the best concentration, check out the following techniques I use:


How to Take Charge of Your Bad Mood

Are you having a bad day?

Don’t know what you are doing with your life?

You can’t decide whether you want a Mercedes or a BMW?

Want a trip to the Maldives or Europe, yet you can’t select which of these choices is going to make you happy?

Is your life not very enjoyable anymore?

Guеѕѕ whаt.

Yоu аrе not unique in your bad mood. Thе аbіlіtу tо enjoy life daily ѕееmѕ tо bе lіkе a dіѕtаnt mеmоrу fоr mаnу. Hоw hаѕ thіѕ соmе аbоut?


Winter Break Ideas For Bored Students

Students who are on long breaks like winter or summer break tend to fall into two categories: people who love the break and have tons to do (or don’t plan on doing anything!) and people that get really bored really quickly as the break goes on. I can’t speak for you, but I fall firmly into the last category. I really, really have trouble keeping myself entertained during long breaks. It just starts to wear on my after a while. But never fear! After a few breaks, I’ve figured out how to keep myself very well entertained over break. Here are a few things I do to break up the boredom… Hopefully they can help you!


The nice thing about university is that it helps you make friends all over the world, and all over your country. Sometimes a few of your school friends will live really close to you! This is the perfect time to get over there and see them, maybe visit their homes and meet their families, go out for lunch, or go see a movie! This is a perfect time to get to know more about your friends, outside the context of tests, finals, and schoolwork.

cup-1891446_640Get Some Reading Done!

Most people at school either read ONLY for their coursework, or they don’t read at all. In my opinion, neither is a good option! While it’s good that you read for your coursework, you should also expose yourself to other ideas as well! And if you don’t read at all, shame on you! Break is the perfect time to just sit by yourself and read. If you need some alone time, this is the best way that I know how to get it! Reading will keep you entertained for a long time.

Get a Job of Some Kind

If you need an internship for your Major, winter break can be the perfect time to get that out of the way. It’ll be something different to do, and you’ll meet new people AND get the class credit that you need! I’ve had all kinds of jobs over breaks; I’ve worked at a pet store, I’ve worked in a warehouse stacking pallets with collars from Kronus Collars, I’ve helped load firewood… There are all kinds of short-term jobs you can do to help get some extra cash! Don’t be afraid to ask around to find out what kind of work is available.

Get Some Sleep

You’re probably tired from finals and all the studying you had to do; why not get some sleep while you’re at it? You won’t regret spending a little (or a lot!) more time in bed than you usually do. You won’t get as much when you start school again, so get sleep while you can! And be sure to check up on your family as well. They love you! So if you’re visiting friends, reading, stacking industrial-grade pallet collars, or just sleeping, be sure to have an awesome break!

3 Books Every College Student Should Read

Reading is not as popular is it used to be, and because of that we are missing out on a lot of good information that we would normally get. That’s not to say that reading books is the ONLY worthwhile way to get your information, but it certainly is better than a steady diet of Facebook and Twitter! I know I sound like an old person for saying that, but it’s true! Here are a few useful books that you should read when you get the time. They’re not difficult, and they certainly stand the test of time and are still useful today!

How To Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

This is one of the best psychology-disguised-as-self-help books you will ever read. It offers you a glimpse into the heads of other people, to figure out what motivates them and makes them tick.

For example, Carnegie talks about how people never judge themselves very harshly and always see themselves as better than they actually are; therefore, criticism will only awaken a bias AGAINST you and not convince them of anything.

You will rarely influence anyone by trying to shame someone into better behavior. You have to motivate through positive reinforcement.  This book is a great place to start, because it’s easy to read and gives you information you can use in job interviews and just getting to know people!

Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill

This book not only talks about how to get rich; it is more of a general mindset book. The premise is that everything you want comes from aligning all your mental processes to set yourself up for success. For example, if you want to get really good at playing the saxophone you have to visualize yourself doing it, then take steps to get better!

You have to combine thought with action! Hill interview a variety of brilliant men for this book, such as Thomas Edison, Andrew Carnegie, and other powerful and rich men who were able to get money through his process. You may not be after money, but changes are there is SOMETHING you want. And this book can probably help you get it!

Any Book of Poetry

Poetry is a very underrated art form today. The type of poetry that you will end up liking largely depends on what kind of person you are, but my theory is that everyone enjoys poetry to some degree.

They just may not know it yet! If you are a fan of horror films, give Edgar Allan Poe’s poems a try! If you are more of a romantic, try William Blake! I know all kinds of people that love poetry, from the saxophonists in the music department that play saxes from Wind Plays all the way to my friends in the Engineering department, who are studying to be Civil Engineers!

People from all walks of life like poetry (and reading in general!) so give it a shot! You might end up liking it!

Benefits of Being a College Student

Many people look down on college students, saying that they don’t know much about how the real world works and stating how students live in their own little bubble away from the real world. What most people don’t know is that being a student offers you all kinds of benefits that most people cannot get when they are out of school!

Today I want to talk about the great opportunities college students have, both on campus and in the “real world.”

First, as a student you get a LOT of stuff free. And what you don’t get for free you typically get at a very reduced rate. For example, Amazon Prime normally costs $90 per year. Students in college can get it for $40! Free 2 day shipping and lots of movie streaming can go a LONG way on a college campus.

benefits-of-being-a-college-student-1You can also get discounts on Spotify, Netflix, and Apple Music, not to mention all of the businesses that offer big discounts to students with a valid ID! Museums and cultural centers such as the symphony and many concerts also give big student discounts!

You also get access to many opportunities as a student that most people will never get. For example, summer camps tend to only hire college students most of the time.

Sometimes adults can get hired, but oftentimes camps would prefer to hire only students.

Most college campuses also have resources for the students that are fairly expensive outside of school. I was able to get interview-training classes; you know, the kind that teaches you how to do job interviews. I looked later and found that those same classes can run about $100 outside of school. And I was able to get them for totally free as a part of my college experience!

I was also able to take a few drum classes, playing drums from Barking Drum. It was a lot of fun, and it was also free! Trust me: college students get the best stuff free! One other thing I was able to get for free was free downloads of Microsoft Office. The really good kind! Normally office costs around $100 per year, but it cost me nothing at all!

One benefit of being a student is that you live with your friends. Once you get out of school, it is so much harder to connect with your friends. It can be done, but it is NOT easy. When you are at school, you live a few doors down from your best friends and you can normally see them every day! Once you get out and start working a job, it will be much harder to stay connected. It’s a sad fact, but it’s for SURE an advantage!

So if you want to learn how to play drums, get all kinds of free and discounted stuff, or just hang with your friends all the time, be glad you’re at school! College is a perfect time to figure out what you want from your future, while living with friends and having a good time!

Best Ways to Stay Motivated to Study

One of the hardest things for college students to do well is to find the time during the day to actually sit down and get some study done. There is the meme that went around Twitter that shows a pyramid and says “choose any two: study, friends, or sleep.” This is so true!

My freshman year I completely ignored the whole “sleep” things, and most of the “study” as well. Now, moving on in the college, I’ve leaned more and more to the “sleep” and “study” sides of the pyramid. But you need to learn how to study, and I’ll give you some of my strategies.

First, break up your study into pieces as small as you can manage and still learn. For example, I’ve been watching through the TV show “Hannibal.” What I do to stay productive and still enjoy myself is set a time for 30 minutes, study for that amount of time, then watch Hannibal for 10 minutes. 30, 10. 30, 10.

As long as I need to study! That way I have something to look forward to, and it’s more productive than saying “I’m gonna watch 1 episode!” then finding yourself 4 hours later having gotten no study done.

Next, learn your people habits. Some people study with other people, others find themselves impossibly distracted when they’re with others while studying. There are real benefits to studying with a partner or a group, but make sure it’s a good group because a bad one will ensure that you waste a lot of time and not learn anything.

You also need to have goals. If you just say “I’m gonna study!” you will fail for sure. You need to have something more specific, such as “I’m going to learn chapter 4 and answer the practice questions.” Having goals makes sure that you get everything done that you need to get done, and avoid wasting time. Setting a goal makes sure you hit your target just as surely as the high-quality air rifle would.

Know your peak times of day! For me personally (as I matured) I found that I work best from about 5am to 10am. For some people it’s between about 8pm and 2 am. Take advantage of your best times!

On the flip side, know your worst as well. Very few people work well during the hours of 2-4; your body naturally slows down during that time.

Find your optimal time and work within that range! This also applies to when you should schedule your classes (i.e. don’t schedule “Statistics and Probability” at 3 in the afternoon) but that’s a topic for another day.

Studying is one of the most important skills that a college student can learn. And yes, it is a skill! You need to learn how to study well if you ever want to make it in life. This applies to more than just college!

If you choose to study something else, like shooting, you need to acquire the knowledge as well as the top-quality equipment, such as something from Air Rifle Judge. In this case, your equipment is your mind and your study helps maintain your equipment!

Best Hobbies For College Students

College is a great time in your life to pick up hobbies that can entertain you for the rest of your life. Many college students devote most of their free time on weekends to drinking and playing lots of video games and eating lots of junk food.

While those things are a lot of fun as long as you don’t get hurt, why not try to find some hobbies that set you apart from the crowd? Why not try something new? I want to talk about a few hobbies that I have tried myself that are better (and healthier!) alternatives to too much drinking and video games.

Train For a Race

I’ll admit: this one isn’t for everyone. Not everyone wants to put in the time that it takes to train. But you’d be surprised how many people are able to run much further and faster than they thought. I ran my first half marathon (13.1 miles!) when I was 12 years old.

You can do it too! You just have to set aside some time. The Iron Man competition, a triathlon, or a marathon or half marathon are all great races to train for. Just give yourself about 4 months to work up to the distance, and you’re good to go!

Learn a Musical Instrument

best-hobbies-for-college-students-1College is a great time to pick up a musical instrument. There are never any lack of musicians at any school, and most people will teach you at least some basic lessons for a few dollars per lesson.

If you don’t want to pay anything, there are plenty of YouTube videos that can teach you lessons for almost any instrument.

Guitar and piano are by far the most instruments to teach online, but you can learn anything from lute to tuba! All you need is access to the internet. It’s easy to search Amazon for a cheap guitar or Digital Piano Judge to get a good price on a keyboard.

Read Books

I used to do a lot of reading as a kid, but during my Freshman year of college I all but stopped reading. In the past year I’ve started reading again, and now I spend most of my money at the bookstore. You should at least pay a visit to the bookstore every once in a while; it’s well worth your time!

I have yet to meet anyone who went to Barnes & Noble and couldn’t find a single book they like. Anyone can find a book they like, and once you start it’s hard to stop! Try just reading for entertainment for a week; no TV and no video games. You may not even want to go back to normal entertainment!

These are just a few of the great hobbies you can do in college. I hope you’ll start reading, or order a keyboard from, or get out and run. There are so many other ways to entertain yourself… Don’t do the same things as everyone else!

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