Quotes for College Students to Motivate and Manage Higher Education

College is an exciting time. No matter where you go, what your major is, or what activities you participate in, college is an exciting and new experience that is hard to replicate and even harder to describe. With all the excitement surrounding college, and all the new things you will do and the people you will meet, it can sometimes be hard to keep on top of studying while managing your relationships and yourself in healthy and positive ways. College can be academically and socially challenging, right along with exciting and new. Luckily, there are a few quotes, tips, and resources that can help you be successful and stay happy and healthy.

Create Goals

"A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at." - Bruce Lee (Entrepreneur)

"The urgent can drown out the important". - Marissa Mayer (American Intercontinental University)

One of the most important things to do in college is create goals. Why? Well, you have just accomplished a major goal - graduating high school and going to college. When large goals are met, we can sometimes feel adrift afterwards. Setting goals in college is important to stay on course and manage your time, health, and resources well. Even small goals can be good, as they can be smaller pieces of a larger goal and marking them off your list is a mental boost! Try setting daily, weekly, and semester-long goals that you know are challenging but doable!


Create a Study Plan and Formal Study Area

"Good students don't just study harder, they study smarter." - Nate Kornell (Psychology Today)

"It's no secret that college requires a whole lot of studying." - Rasmussen College

College is very different than high school. You have more work, but you are also expected to be more independent in completing that work. Creating a study plan by finding out how you work most effectively, and then finding or creating a place to study, can be challenging, but it can be so rewarding. Studying in college does not mean just reading the assignments and doing them. It means using your mind to think beyond what you already know. Try to set up or find a place that is quiet, where you can focus without distraction, and that also gives you joy while you are working there. Whether it is the library, a coffee shop, or your own room, finding this place and having a plan will make your college experience easier!


Time Management

"I like to do weird things in the shower, like drink my coffee, brush my teeth and drink a smoothie. It's good time management." - Michelle Williams (LifeHack)

While you don't have to do everything that Michelle Williams does in the shower, time management and multitasking are very important in college. You will likely have multiple classes with different professors, different timetables, and very different expectations, but many will have assignments due at similar times, and it doesn't matter that you are overwhelmed. Independence is a double-edged sword! Effective time management in college can be as simple as looking for gaps in your day that you can fill with something you love or something you need to do or limiting going out with friends to one night a week, or replacing going out with study time with your friends. Whatever you decide, time management is crucial.


Create a Routine

"When you become a college student, you have 24 hours, and you have complete control of what activities to spend those hours on." - Charlene Hong (Harvard)

Routine isn't always a good thing. It can be bad to get stuck in a routine or be inflexible and unwilling to change. But in college, you are probably going to have a lot going on at once, so having a routine for things you have to do every day is a good idea. This can help you focus on school and things that are important to you, not on whether you remembered to eat breakfast!


Exam Prep

"Either I will find a way, or I will make one." - Philip Sidney (Seventeen)

Although it may sometimes seem like it, exams are not the point of college. Exams are required by university administrations for assessment and to show that your professors are testing you in some way so that they can give that information to the people who help keep the school running, like boards. Because of this, you will likely take many exams over the course of your college career, and many will count for large amounts of your grade. But knowing how to study, such as finding out how you retain and learn information best, learning how to take notes, and preparing for exams the way that is most helpful for you, can make exam prep easier!


Be Social

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou (University of Arkansas - Little Rock)

Between exams, assignments, and just trying to do life, it can sometimes be hard to be social in college. It can be especially hard if you don't know anyone. College can be intimidating, and it can be hard to find your place. Try going to events you would not normally attend, and don't be worried if you have to go alone. Take a book and read in a central location on campus, go to movie nights alone - you'll meet people. Join a fraternity, sorority, or a club. These social connections can be fulfilling as well as helpful in the future, but they can also help you have an amazing college experience with people who will become lifelong friends.


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