4 Bad Habits Every College Student Should Avoid

Going to college is a life changing experience. Whether you move away to attend a large university or stay close to home in a small community college, you’ll be in a completely different environment.

Although the college experience can be a time of growth and learning, it’s also often accompanied by a negative side. There are many bad habits that college students tend to pick up from each other that can be harmful if you fall into them.

  • Smoking cigarettes

When I first started college, it seemed like everyone around me was smoking! While many college campuses, including my own, are now becoming smoke-free, there are still a large number that allow their students to smoke. The pressure to smoke is different in college because most people are beyond that “all the cool kids smoke” deal, it’s more about the fact that if everyone around you is doing it, it just seems normal and commonplace and “why not?”

It’s important that you understand the health risks associated with smoking and why it’s not something you want to start doing.

  • Plagiarizing

In high school, if you got caught plagiarizing, the most that would happen is you’d be suspended for a few days. However, colleges take this matter very seriously and students who plagiarize are usually kicked out and marked with academic dishonesty in their transcripts. This will make it harder for the student to be accepted into another university and will thus impact their career and perhaps the rest of their lives.

Thanks to the internet, it’s easier than ever for a professor to check if part, or all, of your paper has been lifted from another source. Many professors go as far as to use a program called turnitin.com that automatically checks entire papers for any sign of plagiarism.

Any way you look at it, plagiarizing is just not worth it. No matter how desperate you are, how hard a paper seems, how little time you have left before a deadline, plagiarizing will not help you.

  • Skipping Class

Because the majority of college professors don’t take attendance, or they simply use a sign in sheet that you can get anyone to sign for you, it’s easy to skip many classes in a row undetected. Unlike in high school, nobody is going to call you parents if you stop showing up and your professor won’t go out looking for you; in short, nobody cares. But YOU should.

Skipping is a huge deal because college classes cover a lot of material in just one day. Missing a few sessions in a row can turn disastrous come finals time when your notes are incomplete and you have no idea what the questions are even talking about.

Although skipping class is easy and appears to have no immediate consequences, it will eventually come back to bite you.

  • All-Nighters

It’s a common stereotype that college students spend days at a time without sleep, poring over notes and writing dozens of papers. The truth is that this scenario can usually be avoided if said students would stop putting off their homework.

Much like with the skipping class situation, college professors are not going to hound you until you turn something in. They’re e not going to remind you constantly when something is due, and they won’t give you extensions if you’re late. Now that you’re on your own, you’re on your own. It’s up to you to do your work, do it correctly and turn it in on time.

In order to do this, you have to become organized and understand that you might have to miss social events to stay home and write papers. If you get into the habit of thinking that you can put everything off for the last minute and still have a successful semester, you’re kidding yourself.

You college years are a time for learning new things and growing as a person, and they’re certainly a time to have fun and enjoy yourself. However, be careful that the things you learn and the habits you pick up don’t end up harming you in the long run.

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Mercedes Espinoza

Mercedes Espinoza

Mercedes Espinoza is a senior at Florida Atlantic University pursuing a degree in Multimedia Journalism. Although reading is her first love, writing is a close second and she can usually be found with her nose in a book or hunched over a laptop typing away. Outside of school and work, she’s interested in all things fitness as well as continuing to grow an already massive nail polish collection.