There’s nothing like getting advice from someone who was recently in your shoes. While parents and teachers are full of good advice (really, it’s generally very good, whether it’s what we want to hear or not), sometimes it’s nice to hear it from someone you consider a friend or a peer. Someone who knows just what you’re going through. Someone who’s been there…recently. So we decided to ask our almost-graduates—the Minnesota School of Business-Richfield class of Spring 2013—to share some advice and tips with their fellow students.
How to be a successful student
- Don’t give up: This was the most popular piece of advice. That means something! No matter the complications life throws your way (and life always throw something at you), no matter how tough the class (and there will always be a tough class, no matter how smart you are)—keep going. Those moments of struggle will be worth it.
- Keep a positive attitude: Being a glass-half-full kind of person will be always be advantageous. From getting through the aforementioned tough times to standing out in an interview, positivity radiates.
- Take advantage of the resources at Minnesota School of Business like the Resource Center, Career Services, etc.: They want to help you! They really, really do! Visit them now and visit them often.
- Stay organized and figure out a time-management system: Everyone has different ways of keeping themselves organized—from Post It notes to smartphone calendars. Do whatever works for you.
- Stay on top of the due dates, because turning in late work is both stressful and dangerous as points can be lost: See #4. Also, later in life, missing deadlines doesn’t just cost you points—it might cost you money or a job.
- Ask questions. No matter how silly it might seem: No one outside of your family wants you to succeed more than your teachers and the faculty and staff at your school. They love to help!
- For online classes, start reading course material as early as possible. Post discussion board posts early: Once again, it all comes back to #4.
- Do the “recommended” readings or assignments, even if you don’t have to turn anything in: Overachievers generally go places in life—and there’s a reason for that.
- Attendance, attendance, attendance: It’s good to make a habit of always being where you are supposed to be. Additionally, you can’t get those learning moments back. You just can’t.
- It might seem like school is going to take a long time, but keep your head up. It will go by fast: Now this is a piece of advice anyone and everyone you know will agree on—be it a member of the class of 1945 or 2013. Truth: time flies…get the most out of yours.