Recipe for Success

Happy group of students sitting at the park talking

Much like a recipe you would find in a book or on the Internet, there are recipes for every college student to ensure success. And just like everyone says, “My grandma makes the best…”, there are different versions of every one of these college success “recipes.” The following ingredients are what I have found to be the most helpful:

1 large cup of coffee

3 well-balanced meals 

1 hour of physical activity

3 hours devoted to homework and studying

1 to 2 hours devoted to student organizations

A dash of quality Netflix time

1 heaping spoonful of time management

In my case, time management is what binds all these ingredients together. Yes, studying and homework are very important for a college student, but it’s also important to do what you enjoy!

When you get to college, they say for however many credits your class is worth, you should study three hours per credit each week. I feel that number is a little outrageous, but you go Glen Coco if you can study for that long. I, for one, enjoy going to the gym every day. I try to give myself an hour to work out, even if it means I have to wake up hours before class starts.

I also enjoy partaking in several extracurricular activities, so I make time for those too. I know that when I was in high school, I tried to be in every club that I could so that I wouldn’t miss out on anything, but it’s kind of a different story here in college. Most of the time it is best to choose one or two clubs or organizations that you can really devote yourself to. For example, I am very involved in the Illinois Student Senate, and I am trying to be more involved in the Speech Team as well. Like I said, it all really depends on how you manage your time.

This whole college thing is just one big list of commitments—you commit to classes, to people, to clubs, to yourself—and it seems like the list never ends. It’s kind of like survival of the fittest, but I’m extremely competitive, so my reply is always “Bring it on.” Even though college is overwhelming, it is very doable. Everyone has their own success “recipe,” and those recipes are always changing. Some days I’ll add a little more of this or take out a little of that, and some days I omit ingredients all together. Classes may be mandatory, but it is up to you to decide what you will do with the time you have left over—so use it wisely. 😉

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