5 Mistakes You Should Avoid Making in Undergrad

There are so many mistakes you can make in college, but these 5 should NOT be one of them! Here are 5 mistakes you should avoid making in undergrad. 

Mistake #1: Skipping Class

My first semester was wonderful! It was the summer and the work load was so constant that there was no way I could skip class. Fall semester was a whole different story. Fall is laxer because there are too many students/incoming freshmen to keep track of. So, I skipped. BIG MISTAKE!

You never truly realize when you have gone too far until it is too late.

Also, when you skip classes professors are less likely to give you a break when you really need to miss class for a legitimate reason. Save your skips for the emergency darling. Go to class, you’re literally paying for it and if you fail it’s a waste.

Mistake #2: Taking too many classes

After I stopped skipping classes, I got really ambitious and took 19 hours in one semester. You have to get special permission for stuff like that. ANOTHER HUGE MISTAKE. The average number of hours to take a semester is 13. Roughly 4-5 classes. You should not take more than that. Taking too many classes can become stressful and you will not be able to give equal attention to them all.

Do yourself a favor and be normal. If you want to finish faster take summer classes.

Mistake #3: Procrastinating

If you have 4 classes and wait until finals week to start studying for 4 classes, you played yourself. Procrastinating is one of the biggest mistakes I made in undergrad. I always managed to wait until the week of to study for an exam not realizing I also had projects and papers due at the same time. I would go days without sleeping which doesn’t help you prepare for exams or anything else you have due.

I was able to turn this around by creating a semester calendar. All projects were done around midterms which meant I could focus on exams. I always gave myself one week (7 full days) to study for exams and this helped me turn my grades completely around.

Mistake #4: Reducing your meal plan

This is a big deal because we all gotta eat. Reducing your meal plan means you have less meals (or no meals) to eat on campus. This is a mistake because unless you have a job you may not always have the coins to eat and who wants to ration food because they wanted to be cheap on their meal plan.

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Save yourself the stress (and nights not eating or mooching from your friends) and keep a decent meal plan. Just in case.

Mistake #5: Staying in your dorm

You won’t make friends if you stay inside. Be social and make friends. It was hard for me to make friends because I stayed cooped up at home instead of attending events and being social on campus. By the time you are a sophomore people have created their friend groups. Be social and stay out of your room (in the beginning).


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xoxo, Kay

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