ENROLLMENT ended months ago, the first few assignments and quizzes that were given are done, we've already been through the phase of getting acquainted with our new classmates and our preliminary examinations had just finished.

Now what's next?

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Of course go back to studying. School remains the same - the teachers are still there as their subjects get harder. But then again we all start to notice something different. At this point in time, the heads in the class start to lessen.

Some even ask, "Where did they all go?" and a valid question indeed. It usually begins right before or after the first set of examinations that some students often feel the urge not to go to class.

We all have very different reasons as to why we chose to absent ourselves from a subject or two, or even understand others as to why they did that. But then again, we all know the difference between what's right and wrong, right?

Correct! But it's just that some students might not have what it takes or the proper knowledge on how to go through college as smoothly as they wanted. Luckily, we all have support systems in our school to help us cope with the problems that we might have.

Now, for us to help encourage our classmates or children to continue studying here are some tips on how to survive college.

1. Go to all orientations. Yes, that's right - it really is necessary to attend all the school orientations. The more familiar you are with the school as well as its rules and expectations and anything else that it offers, the better you'll do.

2. Study regularly. Kind of a no-brainer, but this is an essential part of success. In addition to studying regularly, you should find an ideal place for you to study, whether at the library or a quiet place in your dorm, whatever works best for you. Like with most things, when it comes to study time, quality is better than quantity.

3. Be on time for class. What happens when you're late or don't show up to class? You get behind, miss out on assignments and lecture notes, and often project an "I don't care" attitude to the teacher. Make it a priority to attend all of your classes on time. Be responsible enough to create conducive study plans and habits. Your grades will thank you later.

4. Maintain a balance. College offers students the chance to expand their education, to meet friends, and to develop talents. But concentrating on one area too much can be dangerous. Without proper attention to school, grades will fall. But without a social life, college can become a burden. Leisure and social activities are not crimes, but be sure to know your limitations. Maintain a balance - study hard and play hard.

5. Get involved. Many new college students struggle with homesickness and feelings of not belonging. A good way to overcome these feelings is to join various student organizations, clubs, or sports teams. You'll make new friends, learn new skills, and feel more connected to your school.

6. Make time for yourself. Finally - and most importantly - remember that you should take time out of each week for yourself. Whether spent exercising, watching a favorite movie or television show, or spending time outdoors, personal time is essential to mental, emotional, and physical wellness, which has a profound effect on your college performance. Thus, one of the most important lessons you should learn in college is how to relax. That being said; be careful of taking too much time for yourself. Remember you're at school to work.

While these tips are especially relevant for college students, it should be observed that many can be applied elsewhere. College is a just another start to life; as such, your ability to excel in college is often a good predictor of how you will fare in other situations, such as the workplace. These skills are not only tips on how to survive college but on how to survive life as well.