The Tale Of A Slacker Student

It’s 7:20 a.m. Your first class starts at 7:35 and the homework that’s due is still untouched. With a whole fifteen minutes to start and finish it, you’re not even worried—in fact, you purposely left this homework in your locker overnight, knowing you’d be able to complete it before class started.

I cannot even begin to count the number of times I would wait until the last possible second to do my homework in high school. Majority of the time it was so simple I could finish within 10 minutes. Even though coming to college I knew I was going to have to put in a lot more effort than I did in high school, I was still shocked when I realized my procrastination would no longer be acceptable. I know it’s been said over and over again, but slacking is the worst habit to fall into in college.

Although I maintained a 3.9 GPA all throughout high school, even that didn’t prepare me for the study habits I needed to adapt in college. I took the bare minimum amount of credits my freshman year and had a ton of time on my hands (which should have been used for studying!), so you can imagine the disappointment I felt when I saw my 2.5 GPA for my first year. The same thing happened my second year—I took minimal credits, had an abundance of free time, and still ended up with a low GPA. All I could think about was what exactly I could be doing wrong. I then realized that self-discipline and time management were my missing factors

When you don’t have parents around constantly on your case about getting homework finished, it’s hard to apply that same kind of discipline for yourself. Whenever there’s free time, most students like to spend it doing something fun with friends. But I’ve come to notice that with more time available, procrastination gets worse and worse. My junior year of college I decided I needed to step up my game and take more classes; I went from taking four classes each semester my first two years, to taking six classes each semester my third year. What was I getting myself into? Managing work for six classes was overwhelming at first, but it forced me to get my work done in a timely manner because I had more to do.

My junior year I also picked up more hours at my job. When I only had four classes a semester, I only worked one day a week. But when I moved into an apartment this past year and had to start paying for rent, I had no other choice but to pick up more hours. Adding two more classes a semester and working three days a week was exhausting, but it proved to be my best decision yet in college. The addition of classes and work taught me to manage my time wisely, which in turn lead to a huge increase in my GPA at the end of the year.

Now I’m not saying to go into your first year taking a large number of credits and hours at work, but I am saying that having less time to lounge will force you to get your work done. Since I was constantly living my life deadline to deadline, I knew that any time I had available I needed to use it for school first. Sometimes I had to sacrifice an event or hanging out with my friends, but it was all worth it once I saw the improvement in my grades, work-quality, and understanding of my classes.

The high school to college transition is always a rough one for students as they figure out what study tactics work and which don’t. Whether your semester schedule allows for a lot of free time or not, time management needs to be a priority if you want to excel—take it from someone who’s been there!

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Jordyn Timpson

Jordyn Timpson

Jordyn Timpson is a junior at Michigan State University working towards her journalism degree with a specialization in documentary film. She designs and writes for a campus magazine and is a server at Bob Evans. When Jordyn has free time she likes to watch movies and her favorite show Breaking Bad, spend hours on tumblr, go on adventures with friends and travel.
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