5 Habits of Successful College Students to Adopt This Summer

By Brittany Hawes on May 8, 2018

Well done! The spring semester has come to a close, and you made it! Hopefully, your spring semester ended successfully and you’re headed into a summer of bliss and relaxation. If you didn’t have such a great semester, it might be time to start looking into habits of successful college students this summer. After all, a great semester and fresh start all begins with you deciding to make a change in yourself.

I can’t think of a better time to adopt new habits than over the summer. Usually, your course-load is lighter or nonexistent over the summer, leaving you with a bit more free time than you have in the spring and fall. With just a few more hours of free time during the day, you’re going to be able to make big changes in your life. You can start implementing new habits now, during the summer, so that they’ll feel like second nature by the time the fall semester starts to grow near.

So what are some habits of successful college students that you can adopt this summer? Read on to learn 5 new habits that will change the way you see school completely.

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1. Get enough sleep

According to the University of Georgia, most college students only get six to six and a half hours of sleep each night when young adults are recommended to get at least eight hours of sleep. Sleeping for just a few hours a night can be detrimental to your health. Sleep is your body’s natural way of recovering energy, of fighting off illnesses, and helping you to be more alert. Think of how you feel when you don’t get enough sleep at night. You might feel on edge or nervous, maybe even cranky. You’re not at the top of your game, which is a necessity in college. You’re unable to think as clearly as you’d be able to with enough sleep.

This summer, why not try aiming for a healthier amount of sleep at night? Your body will thank you.

2. Keep a schedule

Things can get a little hectic when school’s in session. Do you remember how busy you were last semester? Do you remember how many times you might have forgotten about scheduled dates with friends, a change in your work schedule, or that a class was canceled? Sometimes, there are so many events going on in your life that your mind can’t hold them all.

That’s why maintaining a schedule is so important. Either on paper or on an app, create a schedule and note any particular events or dates that are out of the ordinary. That way, you’ll have all of your important dates written down somewhere and it will be easier to see when you’ll have free time.

3. Deal with emotions

A recent Healthy Minds study analysis by a team at UCLA tells us that there is still a stigma surrounding mental health. Researchers say that stigma is the reason why many college students are hesitant to seek help on campus.

The study found that campuses where there is more of a stigma around mental health, there are fewer students seeking mental health treatment. There should be no stigma around mental health. If you’re not feeling like yourself, if you find that you’re having a hard time coping with something, or if you just need to talk to someone, go seek help. Mental health isn’t something that should be swept under the carpet. The only way you’re going to grow is by facing your problems.

4. Eat healthily

I personally know how hard it can be to eat healthy in college. They don’t call it the freshman 15 for nothing. In a college town, there are greasy fast food eateries and food delivery services like BiteSquad abound. It can be so easy to simply pick up a phone and call for a pizza rather than cook a healthy meal.

You can do better than that this summer! Make the decision to cook and go grocery shopping a bit more. Limit your fast food visits to once or twice a week. Make an effort to cut out unhealthy food in your life altogether and opt for more fruits and veggies.

5. Do your very best

This summer, give your all in everything that you do. If you have a part-time job, go there with a smile on your face and do the best job you can do, even if it’s a part-time position. Be known for having a great attitude. Having an unpaid internship doesn’t mean you have to do the bare minimum amount of work. Give your boss your best and they’ll notice how hard you’re working.

What are some other habits of successful college students that you’d like to start this summer? Share your ideas by commenting!

Hi there! My name's Britt and I'm a senior majoring in English major at Florida State University. I have these crazy, big dreams of traveling the entire world and writing novels in my spare time. I love music, food, and the Japanese culture. I plan on teaching English in Japan upon graduation from Florida State. My first YA novel, Twisted, was published by Deep Sea Publishing Company in 2014. It won a Readers' Favorite Book Award that same year. Alongside schoolwork, I'm working hard on the second book in the Twisted series as well as a number of other novels.

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