5 Tips to Stay Motivated During Your College Journey

By Lauren Abraham

A student studying in the GCU library

College is hard work, but it can also be a lot of fun! During your four years in school, it is important to stay motivated so that you can reach your long-term goals. Here are some tips to help you avoid burnout and find motivation as you work toward graduation:

Stay Organized

Staying organized is a good habit to develop while you are in college. Not only will having this skill benefit you during your college years, but it will also help you to be successful later on. Organization is one of the greatest motivators, because if you are organized, you will be less likely to feel stressed or get distracted. For example, if your space is organized, it will take you less time to find the things you need, and you will feel at ease and be able to focus.

Connect With Your Peers

Taking part in campus life can help you to make unforgettable memories in college, and the community you build can provide you with support when you need it the most. Your peers will be going through similar things as you, and you can reflect on your experiences together. When you are feeling down or having a hard time getting motivated, your peers can be there to provide encouragement. Plus, the people you meet in college may become some of your lifelong friends!

Stay Balanced

Finding balance can help you to stay well-rounded and give your all to each activity you participate in. In addition to focusing on your academics, being involved with other activities can help you to have a memorable college experience. For example, by attending Chapel and Life Groups, you can grow spiritually and get to know other like-minded individuals.

Do What You Love

When you are doing something you love, the work that is required of you will not seem as tedious. For example, if you love your major, doing homework and studying for tests will be more enjoyable than it would if you were not passionate about your area of study. So, it is important to remember to stay true to who you are and the direction you want to go. If you love what you do, you will find reasons to stay motivated!

Remember Why You Started

Remembering why you started college can help you to find motivation. For example, if your end goal is to help others by becoming a nurse, this can motivate you to do your best in your nursing program. Or, you may be the first one in your family to attend college, which can be your motivation to finish your degree!

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