All college students encounter problems that require solutions. The big question is, which mistakes are preventable? In this post we will identify the top five mistakes to avoid in college and how to prevent them. This blog as a resource that you can come back to again and again.
1. Getting into a comparison bubble.
What is a comparison bubble? It's a space you create for yourself when you willingly invite those people into your sphere and you follow them for inspiration, only to find yourself jealous whenever they post on social media. If you're harboring bad feelings, unfollow and unsubscribe from everyone that you're comparing yourself to and distance yourself. This will help you to focus on yourself and your work and what you're doing, and not on what other people are doing.
2. Staying in your comfort zone.
Your education strategy has to be built intentionally, and one of the mistakes college students make is becoming overwhelmed because they're embarking on a journey they've never done before. It's the uncertainty that leads to the mistake of staying in a comfort zone. Think of it like muscle memory. When you practice something over and over, it will get easier to do over time. If you take positive calculated risks, then the next time you try positive new things, it should be easier. Expand your comfort zone gradually, and pretty soon you'll feel more comfortable to stay on track and complete the goals you have for your education.
3. Listening to bad thoughts.
Many people have thoughts play on loop inside their head. The bad thoughts can lead to bad actions and consequences. If you want to overcome bad thoughts, you have to think the right thoughts. What are right thoughts? These are thoughts that are true, noble, right, and lovely. Every time you catch yourself thinking bad thoughts, try replacing it with good thoughts. For example: if someone said something bad about you, instead of thinking, how will I get this person back (i.e. revenge)? Instead, think I will move on and still treat everyone the way I want to be treated.
4. Cramping your creativity and skill set.
eOne of the biggest mistakes that college students make is not allowing their unique skills and ability to filter through their time in school. For example, choosing a major that you're actually not fond of is a mistake because you should actually make use of the skills you're great at and what defines you. If you choose a major that you're not good at, it leads to low career satisfaction. Remember, college exists for you to expand on what you're already good at; not to teach you how to do what you love.
5. Honesty problems.
Pretending to be something you're not is a large mistake to avoid. Instead, try to be honest with yourself about what you're capable of. It helps with self-respect. For example, if you're not clear on a concept in a class, ask questions to get it clarified. Don't assure yourself that you know something if you're really unsure about what to do. Ask questions and get clarity. You'll make real progress when you're clear about what to do.
To recap, the top five mistakes to avoid in college are 1) getting into a comparison bubble, 2) staying in a comfort zone, 3) listening to bad thoughts, 4) cramping creativity and skill sets, and 5) honesty problems.
Stay encouraged and jump the education barrier!