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How to Succeed in College While Pursuing a Career

Trying to further your education while pursuing a career? Here's a list of things that will get you on the right track for success.

By Jasmine Smoot-LeyvaPublished 5 years ago 2 min read

Invest in a planner and use it.

It might seem a bit counterproductive to spend your time planning how you’re going to spend your time. However, this is the best way to figure out your schedule to maximize your productivity during the day. Invest in a planning system (such as a digital calendar/reminder, or even a physical planner) to plan out your goals, day-to-day tasks, and important events/deadlines.

Avoid procrastination at all costs.

If you are aware of a big project or deadline coming up, don’t wait until the last minute. While that’s easier said than done, something that you can do is break up your project into smaller chunks. For example, if you have a big essay due at the end of your semester, make it your goal to write at least one paragraph a week - then, when the time comes to submit your paper, you won't have as much work to do.

Know your limits & don't burn out.

I cannot stress this enough: don’t overwork yourself. If you’re like me, then you just know when a situation is going to burn you out. If you know that you’ll crack under the pressure of working a full-time job while taking multiple college courses, then don’t feel ashamed in taking a semester off, or only taking one class a semester. As an idol of mine once said, “Don’t half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.” - Ron Swanson

Organization and cleanliness is a major key.

No one likes studying at a messy, disorganized desk. Pick up a nice desk organizer or, at the very least, a pencil holder/bag. This will save you so much time in the long run, as you won't be spending hours searching for that ~one specific assignment~ that's buried in piles and piles of old paperwork.

Find a study technique that works for you.

If taking a ten-minute break every hour works for you, then do it! If you prefer to study your notes digitally instead of traditionally, then go for it! It’s paramount to your success to find a way of studying that works for you. Experiment! One of my favorite study techniques I found on Facebook a few years back was to reward yourself with a small piece of candy for every paragraph you read or for every vocabulary word you successfully memorize.

Eliminate distractions.


I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stopped in the middle of studying to reply to a text or go scrolling through Pinterest. Eliminate all distractions! If you’re studying on a computer, download a web-app that prevents you from accessing social media sites for a set amount of time. That way, you won’t be tempted!

Don't give up!

And, lastly, don’t give up. College is hard! It’s easy to throw in the towel. But just keep going and remember why you started in the first place. Keep yourself motivated!


About the Creator

Jasmine Smoot-Leyva

I’m a professional photographer, filmmaker, musician, podcaster, and author based in Dallas, TX. I'm obsessed with tattoos, my two huskies, and being my own person.

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