How to Recover from Your First College Slump
Throughout your college experience, you’re going to fall into some peaks and valleys in your academics. You’re going to work really hard, but the results won’t seem to satisfy you. You’ll fall into a slump, and to be honest, that’s 100 percent okay.
It’s perfectly normal to be at a point in your life where you don’t know what you want next or how to get back up. Here’s how you can break through that college slump.
It’s going to require some serious reflection on your life or your situation in order to examine what you’re doing right and what you’re doing wrong. Let me explain: It’s going to require some reflection on yourself in order to realize exactly where you’re at, what you’re doing, and what you aren’t doing right. That being said, you’re going to have to be honest with yourself and ask yourself some really tough questions:
- Why am I not succeeding?
- What are my true strengths?
- What am I doing wrong?
- How can I change what I’m doing to get different results?
- Who is helping me?
- Who isn’t helping me?
- Who can I go to for guidance and mentorship?
The list goes on and on and on. But the fact of the matter is, it’s going to be hard. In the end, though, it’s going to be worth it because you’re going to have some serious self-realizations. Once you become honest with yourself, the door to opportunity and growth opens. You owe it to yourself to want to be honest.
Okay, so now you know where you’re doing things wrong. You know the areas that you are underperforming because you’re being honest with yourself. The next step is to game plan what your next steps are going to be. This means you’re going to have to create some step-by-step directions for yourself, based off of the goals that you set for yourself.
For example, if you want to get a 3.5 GPA in one of your accounting classes, and you’re currently at a 3.3 GPA, what you have to do is figure out what it’s going to take to get you to (at least) a 3.5 GPA in the class.
This can mean calculating all of the grades that you need to earn in order to get there or figuring out what you need to understand to perform well on tests, quizzes, projects, etc. Then you’re going to go and perform based off of what you now know that you need to do.
This is another hard step. Once you’ve reflected on yourself and re-evaluated your situation, you now have to put that game plan into action. Go out and do what you have to do in order to get what you want. It’s not easy, but it’s simple. This is where people will come up with 1001 excuses as to why they don’t want to do it. “I don’t have the time.” “I’m too busy.” “I have X, Y, and Z to do.”
If you want to change what you’re getting out of life, you’ll do what is necessary to change. Change what you’re doing, change who you hang out with, change your studying habits, etc.
You have to help yourself if you want to break out of your slump. Lots of people will talk about how they’re in a slump and they don’t know what to do about it. And then there are people who talk about their slump and change what they’re doing in order to get different results. Which of those people are you?
Change is hard, but it’s worth it. Being comfortable isn’t going to get you very far in college. It’s arguably the best years of your life. Why not take advantage of it?
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