You will need to make significant lifestyle changes for your final year of college.
This is good news and at the same time it’s also bad news. On one hand, the unfortunate fact is that every important lifestyle change takes time, energy, and commitment. The good news is that the these types of changes–the sort of changes that you’ll have to undergo to make your final year successful–will turn you into more of a complete man.
University: The Easy Years
Think back to your first year at university. You probably remember working really hard, and the feeling that you had a lot on your plate at the time. Some subjects may have keen entirely new. Sometimes, you may have found yourself behind some of your fellow students, who seemed to have covered topics that you’d never come across. You may also have had a lot of adjustments to make in your life in general, such as finding somewhere suitable to live, making new friends and struggling to maintain contact with old ones. That first year may have been quite an uphill struggle at times, as you learned to find your way round how university education works.
During your second year of college, you might have thought that it all became easier. You may have found that you could almost coast along, and spare a lot more time for all the other things you were interested in besides keeping up with your studies. The final hurdle, your last year of college, might have seemed like a nice, relaxing way off. Plenty of time to spend partying, sleeping in, and getting mediocre grades in general education courses.
The Final Year: A Rude Awakening
Then, quite suddenly you may have realized that your final year is upon you. The hurdle is no longer the final year as a whole, but (for example), those vital projects and heavily-weighted exams looming at the end of that final year, or perhaps that important research paper, dissertation, or presentation. The fact that the hurdle is better defined now can cause some stomach churning, and lead you into the temptation to escape from the tension that results by avoiding thinking about it!
I remember the tension that came with entering the final year of my degree. When I was a freshman, I laughed at my older friends who were so stressed out that they considered turning to essay mills. You know, those shady online companies that offer to write your capstones and dissertations for a price. When I found myself looking deadlines for my 50+ page long thesis, I found myself tempted to turn to a company like Prescott Papers. Of course, I bucked up and got the work done myself, but not without consuming what most would consider to be too many caffeine pills.
You’ve only got to make it through your last year once. Of course, it’s not as straightforward as this; nothing’s black and white. There are usually second chances, such as repeating the year, or doing some resit exams if you find yourself down in one or two subjects. You may, however, only have one chance to get a good degree. And think of the tension of having to repeat things that you’ve failed once already.
All in all, it’s definitely worth resolving to do things right the first time. Man up and make your first run successful. Take control of your lifestyle–temporarily, at least–to make sure that you seal the deal at the end of your degree. It’s not a lot of good changing your lifestyle just a few weeks before your final exams. You’ll need to work hard then anyway. As I suggested earlier, if s not really a matter of just working hard, it’s about working smart. The smart decision is to take on your final year with a different spirit than that which might have been quite OK in the middle year (or years) of your time at university.
What about all those other things in your life?
Short answer: Prioritize your life.
You may well have a wide range of different things going on during the final year of college.
● You might work in a kitchen or at a grocery store to help pay for classes.
● You might be studying a personal hobby or participating in a sport.
● You may have at this point so many friends that you feel like you’ll miss out on having a social life if you focus on your degree.
● Romantic connections may now be more serious.
● You may have family duties.
What happens if something startling happens – for instance a family ailment or another problem at home? You can’t cut yourself off altogether from whatever remains of the world while you work through your last year.
The most sensible arrangement is to continue everything else in your life going on a schedule and with a plan. Reduce the time spent on other parts of your life, but don’t forget about the other things. For example, you might plan out a specific time to have dinner with your parents, girlfriend, or friends once a week. Planning one day off to socialize helps keep you sane while you can focus other evenings more heavily on studying.
While it might be tempting to abandon ship at the last minute, follow through and get your degree. Dropping out to invest in Bitcoin may be tempting, and it may sound easy to move back into your mother’s basement instead of getting an “adult job,” you owe it to yourself to beat the university system. Change your life and reap the benefits of a degree.