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10 Tips to make College easier

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It is that time of the year when everyone is busy photocopying notes, pulling all nighters and cramming up just everything in sight. From easy going days, it looks like college has suddenly transcended into a warzone- clearly, the honeymoon period is over. The semester flew away way too fast and while I’m still trying to grasp how that can be, I have to admit that I find myself wiser than I was a few months back. I’ve learned a few hacks which I wish someone would have told me before.

Here are 10 tips I learned by the end of first semester, that can make college easier.

Maintain your finances

With college, comes independence and with that comes responsibility which includes finance management. It may seem harmless to spend 30-40 bucks here and there on multiple kiosks dotted around the campus, but these seemingly small amounts will make you broke while you will be cluelessly wondering where all your money went. Hopefully the demonetarization scheme is making you a better budgeter.


With too much going around, it’s important that you prioritise your life. Whether it is society rehearsals, assignments or socialising with friends, make sure one thing isn’t eating up all your time.

Wear whatever you want

If you want to get all dressed up or simply want to live in sweatpants, it doesn’t matter. You can do whatever you want.

Participate and get involved

College is about thriving and not merely surviving, so participate and get involved in different sorts of events, public meetings, festivals, seminars. Sign up for internships and volunteer. Sometimes you’ll be successful and sometimes you’ll end up making a fool out of yourself, but ultimately you’ll gain experience and that counts.

Swear by these essentials

Always keep your Metro card recharged.

Don’t forget the headphones or else even the 20 minute metro ride might feel like an eternity.

Deodorant is very important. You don’t want to be that smelly kid.

Be friends with the Class Coordinator

If you want to request your professor to change the extra class timings or want the notes that the teacher floated to be photocopied first, the friendship with dear old CR will come handy. Besides, if you are a busy person and don’t happen to attend classes regularly then the class coordinator will be the most reliable person to update you about the class work.

Use the college resources

Make the best use of libraries, online database, computers, scanning and printing facilities, bus pass, massive open online course (MOOC’s) and of-course the Wi-Fi. You will be surprised to know how much you can avail for free!

Go to college no matter what

We may convince ourselves that by missing one day we will catch up on all the reading and complete the pending work. However, going by experience and stories from seniors, we know that it’s not going to happen, so its better you attend the college and at-least get the attendance.

Lean to function alone

Yes college is mostly about friends and togetherness, but sometimes you have to ride solo, so be prepared. It shouldn’t bother you to sit by yourself in the cafeteria or attend some seminar alone. Being alone doesn’t mean being lonely and you must learn to enjoy your own company.

Sit back and relax

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the negativity, sheer boredom or workload in college. You may feel that you’re not good enough. In that situation it’s important that you sit back and relax before all the stress gets on your nerves.

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Niharika Dabral
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Niharika Dabral is an average anti-national feminist who is currently pursuing Journalism at Cluster Innovation Center. This quixotically honest and technologically challenged Garhwali strongly advocates that Harry Potter must be included in elementary education. If you want to rant about how unfair life is or want to share something awful or awesome that needs to be reported then feel free to drop her a line at [email protected] 

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