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6 mistakes I made my first semester of college


 My first semester is almost over, and while I've learned a lot I still feel like I'm completely lost. There's still so much that I don't know, which is understandable. But here are six things I did wrong this first semester (so far).

1. Letting someone else pick my courses for me - my school basically enrolled me in my classes for my first and second semester. They signed me up for 15 hours, which was way too much with my two jobs, and put me in a math class I didn't even need. Needless to say I will be double checking what my advisor tries to put me in for next semester. 

2. Skipping class every now and then - My math class is really dumb, way below my level, so I took that as an excuse to skip class. At one point I was only going to class once a week. I realized this wasn't the best method when I forgot to check the online homework page and missed a quiz. I'm getting out of the habit now, and instead of sitting in class learning things I already know I spend that time doing my homework. 

3. Taking too long to figure out a study schedule - We just finished midterms, and they were a kick in the pants. I never studied in high school, so I carried that over my first semester of college. Then I got my midterm grades back and realized it was time to buckle down. Now I'm tracking how much I study, specifically for Spanish because it's my most difficult class. I'm setting up a regular schedule and I'm starting to study earlier in the chapter, not just a few days before a test.

4. Not taking time for myself/friends - I have a really hard time saying no, so when people ask if I can take on a project at work or if I can come in earlier I use to always say yes. 

5. Using the same organizational system from High School - A few weeks ago I realized my planner had become obsolete. My $50 Erin Condren planner just wasn't flexible enough to do what I needed it to. I've recently started using a bullet journal with an extra moleskine I had lying around and It's been loads better. That plus a calendar app on my phone to keep up with my work schedule and interviews have really helped me be more organized with less. 

6. I bought all my textbooks - I'm really kicking myself in the pants for this one. I haven't used my math text book once this year, just the online access code. I ended up dropping a class that I rented two books for and I haven't even touched my speech book this year. This was my #1 mistake of my first semester. I definitely WILL NOT buy all my textbooks until I'm for certain I will need them. It was such a waste of money.

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