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How To Be Cool In College

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I’m all for tweaking a few things to be more friendly and conversational in the eyes of your peers.

Personal development is a code I live by. And constructive criticism is one of my favorite things.

But there’s a difference between aiming to better yourself and aiming to be cool in college.

Being cool is so subjective. When one person thinks someone is cool, another person thinks they’re lame.

I’m sure if you asked my college classmates, some would say I was cool and others would say I was a loser.

That’s not the main point though. This is: there’s no doubt in my mind that being cool doesn’t stack up to being successful or being happy.

Bringing value to others and feeling good is so much sweeter than being respected (many times feared) in your social circles.

The problem with wanting to be cool (and famous) is that you have to depend on other people—people you can’t control—for this to be true of you. And when you put your self-worth in the opinions of other people and something doesn’t go your way, it feels like your whole world is out of control.

Plus, there are other issues you run into such as fake friends and the fact that the feeling of being cool is fleeting and you’ll need to start all over again once you graduate.

In my experience, the desire to be cool always overpromises and underdelivers.

So what you choose to do with this post is up to you.

But if you really want to be cool, the coolest people in college are like this.

Friendly And Chill

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Maybe high school cool was about putting people down to make yourself appear cool, but college cool is about making a positive impression on everyone you meet. That means you need to stay friendly and chill all the time.

Do this and you’ll quickly make new friends in your classes, with your professors, and in social settings. A big smile and friendly greeting is appreciated by everyone, so make the most of it.

By chill, I mean if cool is your goal then you can’t get involved in petty drama. Roommate conflict over the dumbest thing is going to sever the relationship with your roommate and could make your other friends pick a side in the fight.

Now at the same time don’t get walked over, but caring little about small stuff makes other people enjoy being around you.

The best part is when you go out, you’ll reap the rewards of being friendly because you’ll have friends to your left, center, and right all saying hi and wanting your attention. It’s easy to have fun when you know everyone and they’re all buying you drinks.

It’s a huge difference compared to going to the bar with your two friends, not seeing anyone else you know, and then only talking to each other. Or even worse, texting people on your phone all night while you’re out. Yikes!

Adventurous

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As fun as it is to play video games or watch a movie, college is the time to take risks and make mistakes. An effective way to achieve that is to be adventurous.

When your friends are being lame, rally the troops to take a weekend trip to another college, a nearby beach, or your hometown.

Convince your social circle to study abroad with you in Italy, go on vacation every chance you get during the summer, winter, and school year.

Besides the entertainment and gaining the reputation as the fun one, you’ll also have fascinating stories to share at any moment.

Think about this. Isn’t there a striking difference when your friend asks you, “What’s new?” and you say, “Not much,” or, “Actually I just climbed a mountain yesterday,” and then go on with that story in epic detail.

And these opportunities to share about your adventurous life happen every day, whether chilling on the futon or at a party. I’d say a majority of social time in college involves people sitting or standing around just talking.

With that mind, be adventurous to not only have fun but also have the best talking points.

Big Social Event Goers

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Probably the most obvious aspect of how to be cool in college is going to big social events.

Think of the big football tailgate and game against your rival school. The theme nights dedicated to different days of the week (90s Night Tuesday, Wine Wednesday, etc). And the huge annual fraternity or sorority parties.

These events are where you get to know other cool kids and establish yourself as one of them. Find a way to build rapport and bond over something so you can build these friendships. Pull this off for a few weeks and you can double your amount of friends.

You’ll also get to know more people and have inside jokes that stick with you over time.

That results in going to more social events and being introduced to more fun people. Your social life snowballs and it becomes easier than ever to make friends and have a good time.

And on Monday morning you’ll always have a fun story to share when your classmate goes, “How was your weekend?”

Friends With The Opposite Sex

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You’ll be a breathe of fresh air when your goal is to be friends and not hook up with the opposite sex. Part of being cool is being different, and this is a worthwhile opportunity to be different.

Once you make enough friends of the opposite sex, it’ll be easy to find and get invited to the most fun parties and events.

Then you take it a step further by inviting your same-sex friends to events you know about. They will love you for getting them in the same place as your opposite sex friends, and your opposite sex friends will appreciate the introductions.

Or if you host your own party, you’ll have a full list of interesting people to come including an even balance of girls and guys. People recognize those who have tons of social connections.

And not to be forgotten, you may have guessed that one of these opposite sex friends will eventually become your girlfriend or boyfriend. Now your social life and love life is rocking!

Fashionable

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In my upcoming book How To College, I talk about dressing for confidence on campus and off confidence. The cool kids have no problem doing this.

The crowd that rolls out of bed and walks to class without showering, fixing their hair, and wearing pajamas won’t be earning any social points. Don’t do that. Do this.

Shower and brush your teeth before going out for the day, wear a nice fitting shirt, and shorts or pants that are in style. It’s also trendy, at least at my former college Miami University, to dress in casual athletic gear. You’ll see guys and girls wearing Lululemon t-shirts, shorts, and pants all the time.

And where the best dressed truly make a splash is at the themed parties. They aren’t the type to put something on last minute—no way. They’ve been buying clothes and thinking of these events for months in advance.

They’ll get decked out in body paint and stylish or funny party-related gear. It’s a necessity to look different and special, so they put in the effort to do it.

Not Over The Top

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In the goal of being chill, you’re going to hurt your social status if you’re too over the top in a certain area. To be cool, don’t cross the line.

For example, there’s the over the top partier who needs to take it down a notch. Passing out at 9 pm on a Friday from going too hard isn’t what you want to be known for. And doing hard drugs at parties is going to alienate you from most of the crowd and raise red flags.

Same with the guys, and occasionally girls, who are always getting into fights. If you can’t walk home from the bar without getting into a scuffle, you have an issue and other people will get tired of always having to back you up. No one wants to fight your unreasonable battles.

Sleeping with everyone also falls into the over the top category. You’ll exile your friends at times, put them in uncomfortable positions, and make them regret going out with you.

And you want to be seen as cool in the eyes of other people, not someone with a ton of baggage. So don’t go home with a guy or girl every night. For this case and other reasons, it’s a terrible idea.

I could go on and on. They key is that you don’t cross the line, because then you rock the boat with other people and you can’t have that.

In The Know About Music

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When you’re in the know about music, you don’t go for those overplayed top radio songs. You have the exclusive mixtapes, discover up and coming artists, and find beats that no one else has heard.

And when you catch that new band or new single that you tell your friends about before it hits mainstream and then it does, you’re seen as a music visionary.

You’ll become the go-to guy for all your friends’ music needs, which makes you standout and add value. Those are essentials to separating yourself from the average college student.

This music knowledge also protects you from being asked to play a new song at a pre-game and then have no idea what to play. Or even worse, take the AUX cord and play a song that’s the opposite of a banger. Being responsible for ruining the party’s vibe is rough.

From karaoke night, singing in the car on a road trip,or screaming the words at a concert, knowing your music helps cement your identity.

(If you were curious, I spend little to no time listening to music because I’m too busy—so I fail this aspect of the cool debate. Oh no!)

Fit And Athletic

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Everyone appreciates a nice body. That’s why it’s not a coincidence that the cool kids have them.

So if you’re trying to be cool, you can’t mess around with being fat in college.

A disproportional body also makes it harder to wear the best clothes because your wardrobe is limited in some senses. Tight clothes or jeans won’t work if you can’t fit in them.

And think of all the scenarios where a hot body would let you show some skin:

  • Pool party
  • Day drinking at a bar
  • Spring break vacation
  • At the gym
  • Themed party

Although it shouldn’t be in my opinion, the recreation center has become a social place where people are talking in between exercises. If you go, it’s yet another place to make friends with your classmates.

So, eat healthy. Work out. And repeat. Being patient also helps if you’re not seeing results right away.

Ambitious, Not Too Ambitious

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It’s cool to be smart and have goals.

What’s not cool is to alienate people by saying you want to be president of the United States or some other lofty goal. I’m sure Bill Clinton looked like a weirdo when he took notes about people at parties.

Because there’s also this unsaid rule that being too ambitious is not cool. When you’re the most ambitious dude out there, it makes other people feel bad that they don’t have the same drive.

If this is you, take it down a notch and other people won’t hate you. You’re trying to be cool for God’s sake! In that president example, strive to be a senator and you’ll receive better feedback.

What’s also not cool is graduating in six years, having no money, and starting your first real job at age 30. Then people will wonder why you don’t have your life together.

So the takeway here is to be on the right of the ambition graph, and not all the way to the right that it raises questions.

Final Words

I hope you could tell some of the sarcasm in this post, because I tried to have fun with it.

So recognize that I wasn’t dead serious when writing all of this (aka don’t email me that I said something offensive).

And I’m not knocking the cool kids. There’s nothing wrong with being popular. Popularity often translates to success and happiness, two of the best things.

Just don’t aim to climb the social ladder with the wrong intentions to be better than people and inflate your ego. The social ladder becomes slippery and dangerous if that’s your mindset.

Related: Want To Be Like James Bond? You Can

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15 Alternatives To College That Make Complete Sense

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Society tells you it only makes sense to go to college. I disagree and argue there are 15 legitimate alternatives to college you should seriously consider.

See the contradiction? A guy who went to college and is the author of How To College tells high school seniors to reconsider automatically going to college.

My main concern is with people who go to college “just because” and don’t have a specific reason behind their decision.

Maybe all of their friends are going, their parents expect that, or society’s beaten them down with the pro-college message that doing anything else seems crazy.

What pisses me off is many times people don’t need college to accomplish their life goals—studies show that around 25% of college grads work at jobs that don’t require a degree—but they sign a four to six year contract because they think they have to and wind up with a mountain of debt.

That’s so messed up!

I’m convinced millions of people would be better off if they followed their passion from the start and never went to college.

So I believe you have to be clear and intentional about why you’re going to college. And if you can’t come up with that, don’t go and instead do something else productive.

Plus the true cost of college is much higher than you think. Let me explain.

The True Cost Of College

Opportunity cost refers to the fact that when you make a decision to take one action you miss a benefit of another action.

In this case, going to college means you miss out on the opportunity to work full-time.

So if you’re total cost of college after tuition, living costs, and books is approximately $40,000 a year, that’s not the true cost of college. If you could have made $25,000 a year working full-time (a low income for many of the non-degree jobs listed below), then your true cost is $65,000.

Got it?

And since the average student spends six years in college—according to Complete College America and the Department of Education—not four, this makes the true cost of college $390,000.

Doesn’t look very good on paper right? That’s because college is plain and simple not a good deal. It’s overpriced and they’ve raised tuition too high.

It makes me sick that some 18 year olds are signing up for college solely on the fact that the media and society say it’s smart, then are stuck paying off debt until they’re 30.

I want to help people see the light that not everyone needs college and they can avoid this depressing plunge into debt.

Take a look at these very enticing alternatives to college.

15 Legitimate Alternatives To College

1. Work a job

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Contrary to popular opinion, you can work right away with a high school degree.

All of the following occupations don’t require a college degree and some of them pay extremely well:

  • Commercial pilot
  • Insurance sales rep
  • Medical assistant or secretary
  • Criminal detective
  • Physical trainer
  • Loan officer
  • Massage therapist
  • Graphic designer
  • Web developer
  • Computer coder
  • Optician
  • Casino gaming manager
  • Power plant operator
  • Transportation inspector
  • Personal care aide
  • Subway and streetcar operator
  • Farmer or rancher

Obviously you need the skills for jobs like graphic designer and web developer, for example. But this list goes to show that a college degree doesn’t get in your way for most jobs.

And while your peers are paying to learn in college, you’re getting paid to learn on the job. Looks clear to me that you’re winning that deal.

2. Pursue a creative talent

Fancy yourself acting in the big screen, singing on stage, or killing jokes on a set? The time is now to go for it and skip college.

Because the fact of the matter is that it’s easier to support yourself on this pursuit than while providing for a family later on in life.

So give it all you got to become a professional actor, singer, dancer, comedian, or artist in this window of opportunity.

Spend a year auditioning for as many roles as you can and start small to build your skills.

Hustle your butt off for 18 hours a day. Split a studio with five friends. Fight tooth and nail to make your dream become real.

If it’s needed, move to a place like Los Angeles, Austin, or New York.

College won’t help you nearly as much as you can help yourself in these creative fields.

3. Go to trade school

A trade school education can lead to work in painting, woodwork, locksmithing, landscaping, masonry, locksmith, forestry, construction, welding, and other handyman work.

It’s not sexy, but learning a “blue collar” job through a trade school makes a lot of sense when you look at the numbers.

For example, graduates of trade school make $42,000 on average compared to the $48,000 average salary of college graduates.

But when you consider trade school costs significantly less and it generally takes just two years (meaning two more years to make money), the value is through the roof!

If you’re not already convinced this is a bright option, a Rutgers University study found these trade schools at close to 100% job placements. That’s nothing but impressive.

For many of you reading, you can get a fast start to a successful career through trade school.

4. Start a business

So you want to run your own business someday after majoring in business and then working in a Fortune 500 company? Stop there and hold that thought.

Would you be more experienced and business savvy through hearing lectures or by running your own business? The answer is obvious—lessons are best learned through doing.

I’m also convinced that being an entrepreneur offers these very real benefits. Running your own shop will force you to learn to:

  • Develop your critical thinking skills
  • Master time management
  • Overcome objections and make the sale
  • Treat customers with the utmost respect and politeness
  • Communicate with adults and more diverse people than your friends
  • Strengthen your creative muscle through new business and marketing ideas
  • Network with other entrepreneurs
  • Fail fast and bounce back

Plus thanks to the Internet, it’s never been easier to start a business. Spend $50 to $100 and you’ll have your website up and running.

Then the simple formula to online business success is to find a problem you’re passionate about, solve that problem, and then sell the solution. If the problem affects enough people and is a big enough pain, and your solution is good enough, then you’re in business.

So start small and you will have a chance at starting a thriving business. Don’t try to create the next Facebook, you won’t be able to do it.

And don’t be surprised if your business is profitable or it leads you to a new profitable idea. After all, the guy who sold pet rocks became an online millionaire.

5. Take free online classes

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Want an Ivy League education without forking up $200,000 to pay for it? Free online courses are the solution for you.

Online learning sites like Coursera, Harvard Extension, edX, and others have made it cost-free and simple to get your learning on. All you have to do is sign up and you’re getting a world-class education in whatever subject you desire.

This way you’re getting a feel for what subjects you’re passionate about before wasting time paying for college and switching your major four times in your freshman year.

Many 18 year olds could use this extra time before jumping into college. It’s a shame more don’t.

Or you can forgo college altogether by using the knowledge and skills you learned from these classes.

You can use what you learned to pursue another alternative on this list.

If you’re interested, check out this guide to learn how to study at Yale, Harvard, and other top institutions, for free!

6.Travel the world

You could sit in a stuffy building to learn about South American history, or you could forego college and visit Machu Picchu, Rio de Janeiro, and Buenos Aires.

Seriously just consider what would happen if you traveled the world for one year.

You’ll learn people skills by meeting other travelers and interacting with locals.

You’ll be tested in your travels to navigate the language barrier and unknown living situation.

Most importantly, being outside your comfort zone traveling will help you build self awareness to discover what areas of life are you passionate about and want to explore further.

And you also avoid any future regret for not going. As time flies and you would normally transition through college, a job, and then kids, you may never get the chance to travel the world for an entire year again.

I recommend you do it now while you’re young (wild) and free.

Now if you’re worried about costs, that’s smart to be money conscious but it’s also not a valid excuse.

Because traveling a year is much cheaper than one year of college. And you can work side jobs while you’re traveling—like teach English, bartend, freelance, sell stuff online, and much more.

7. Join the military

Another possible route is to skip college and join the military.

Serving your country is not only a tremendous honor, there’s also a bunch of tangible benefits including:

  • A $35,000 salary with increasing pay the longer you’re in service
  • Receive diverse training that’s transferable to your future career
  • Have your college paid for (not guaranteed)
  • Free health care and almost free living costs
  • Free travel across the United States and overseas

I know a few people who joined the military out of high school and they all love the discipline and organization it gives them.

Of course there are some downsides to joining the military.

You’re not in control of where you’re deployed. You could be placed in a war zone at any time, depending on global events outside of your control. And although it’s rare, there is the risk of death which you avoid in college and these other alternatives.

8. Become a realtor

Whether you find yourself browsing home prices on Zillow for fun or dreaming about making six figures, another solid replacement to college is becoming a realtor.

As long as people continue needing a place to live, realtors who are good at their job will have money to bring home.

According to PayScale, the average real estate agent makes approximately $51,000—again, no degree needed.

But what I personally love about the realtor profession is your income has no ceiling. The more you hustle to buy or sell houses, the more you make.

That’s true meritocracy!

And the process to be official is simple: Take real estate courses (“tuition” costs less than $1,000—much more favorable than college), pass the state licensing test, and then start helping people buy and sell homes.

9. Volunteer

Many volunteer and charity organizations would happily have you join their team to serve with them, no college degree needed.

What’s ironic is some people graduate college to become a social worker or serve in the Peace Corps when they could have started volunteering right away.

If volunteering is your passion, you’re welcome for that four year head start.

Organizations like AmeriCorps, the Catholic Volunteer Network, and the Peace Corps is where I would look first. And a simple Google search of what and where you want to volunteer will give you enough information to start applying.

When you’re drawn toward serving others, you’ll get more out of volunteering than studying subjects you don’t care about in a college classroom. Plus, learning empathy and the value of giving back will serve you the rest of your life.

And Jesus and Mother Theresa didn’t go to college did they? The way they loved people will never be forgotten.

Again, you can always volunteer for a year or more and then go to college if you really think that’ll help your future. Why rush into it when it’s not needed to do what you love?

10. Build an audience with content

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This is what I’m working on every single day: Publishing content with the goal of building an audience and providing value to them.

I so wish I started this at age 18 instead of age 21, but it is what it is.

So how is this accomplished? There are only three options to publish content and build an audience:

  1. Start a blog if you enjoy and are best at writing
  2. Start a podcast if you prefer talking
  3. Start a YouTube channel if you like being in front of the camera

Those are the three tried and true methods that won’t go away. My recommendation is to start with one of those and then add another or all three mediums once you’re more established.

Thousands of people are making a fortune doing this already. So the path to success is there if you know how to build a community around you.

Honestly, it’d be wise to publish content whether you don’t or do go to college. Having a personal brand and following you can take with you always gives you leverage in the future.

That leverage can be deployed to build your own business or to win interviews and job offers.

11. Go to community college

If you’re still stubborn and think you need some kind of college degree before you’re qualified to work, have you considered an associate’s degree instead of a bachelor’s?

An associate’s degree requires half the time, much less than half the money, and opens doors to some high-quality jobs including:

  • Radiation therapist
  • Dental hygienist
  • Registered nurse
  • Air traffic controller
  • Computer programmer
  • Paralegal
  • Police officer
  • Aerospace engineer

Many of these median salaries are in the high five figures and sometimes six figures—like air traffic controller.

Plus community colleges have some unique benefits like smaller class sizes, more of the professor’s attention, more flexible schedules, and the ability to work while you’re in school.

For example, you’d struggle to get to know your professor if you’re at four-year state school with 250 people in every class.

12. Get a fellowship or apprenticeship

A fellowship or apprenticeship is so appealing to me (if I were 18 again) because they’re hands on jobs where you’re constantly learning through doing, not by hearing lectures and memorizing.

That’s why some fellowships and apprenticeships are taking form and becoming trendy again.

For example, UnCollege offers a 32 week program that includes a voyage, launch, and internship phase. It’s purpose is to help students learn outside of the classroom through experimentation and mentoring.

And one billionaire, Peter Thiel, questions college to the point where he gives around 20 young adults under age 20 a $100,000 fellowship award not to go to college. Isn’t that interesting?

On the website is the statement, “The Thiel Fellowship gives $100,000 to young people who want to build new things instead of sitting in a classroom.”

If you’re interested in learning more or applying for The Thiel Fellowship, click here.

Some other well-known fellowships include Echoing Green, TechStars, Enstitute and The Year In Industry.

There are also other interesting fellowships and apprenticeships that are a Google click away. If you’re diligent in searching you can find solid options.

13. Create a non-profit

Want a rewarding and life-changing experience like nothing else can offer? Look no farther than starting a non-profit.

Just like starting a business, I recommend your non-profit’s mission starts small by addressing a local need in your community.

Because you’d struggle to make a difference if you tried to take on world hunger or something as complex as cancer.

For example of decent ideas, maybe your mission is to financial support animal shelters in your town. Maybe it’s to clothe homeless people in your city. Maybe it’s to provide a free summer camp for underprivileged children.

Recruit some people who might be on board and then test the idea in the community. Talk to people or start serving and evaluate the response. Then continue to improve your service and build your team.

If this is your life’s passion, stick with it or take what you learned to found a new non-profit.

And if you do go to college, your resume will be truly rocking doing this—especially if it makes a tangible difference in the community.

For inspiration, here’s an example of an 18-year-old who started a crazy successful non-profit.

14. Write a book

I truly believe every single person on this Earth has a unique story and some important message to share with the world. Sue me for seeing the positives in humanity.

And that means you’re fully capable of writing a book before you turn 20.

What are you passionate about? What do you excel in?

And most importantly, what’s something you know a lot about and it’s popular enough for other people to care? That’s the special ingredient to writing a quality book.

I get it if you want to wait to write your book until you have something more powerful to say or a little more experience under your belt.

But just know there are some young teenagers writing books for people their age and making a killing, specifically 14-year-old Caleb Maddix comes to mind.

15. Coach a team

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Are you a former football, tennis, soccer, basketball, baseball, swimming, or golf player? Have you ever been decent at a sport?

That’s about all the qualifications you need to coach a middle school, junior high, or high school team.

For example, some of my friends have gone on to coach club volleyball teams, high school football teams, 8th grade basketball teams, and everything in between.

High schools will automatically pay you in most cases.

And since many parents want no part of coaching, you can offer the local school or parish to coach the middle school team as long as you’re paid a reasonable fee for your time. You just might have to get more creative to get paid when you coach younger ages.

If you’re a sports enthusiast, you’re going to have a lot of fun coaching. It’s a way to stay close to the game you love after your time to play has ended.

Plus you get the rewarding feeling of passing down the knowledge you’ve learned and making your former coaches proud.

College Isn’t For Everyone

You have to admit after reading this that college isn’t for everyone.

I mean why would a guy or girl who wants to be a realtor, for example, spend at least four years and at least $50,000 a year at college to delay doing what they love?

It doesn’t make sense and college would only disappoint them with a mountain of debt.

Now the table tilts differently in two situations: your parents are paying for your entire education or you’re 100% certain you need to college to get your dream job (investment banker, lawyer, doctor, professor, etc.).

It’s the debt that really pisses me off so if your parents are well off and can easily take the bill then that’s a different story.

But still, thinking this decision through will get you in the habit of questioning the norm and making the best decision for you, not doing things because other people are doing it.

That will help you win down the road in life.

Always aim to live with intention—especially if you’re deciding about a four to six year college contract.

So is college right for you? Only you can answer that.

And before you decide… promise me you will consider all of the options before you blindly go to college.

P.S. If you want help exploring your future options and becoming the best version of yourself, go here.

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Skipping Class Hurts Far More Than It Helps

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The excuses for skipping class vary from ludicrous to reasonable.

If you’re feeling super lazy and the last thing you want to do is go to class—hey, it happens—your excuses will lack common sense. You’ll skip because it might rain, you miss your dog, you’re not feeling pretty, or some other laughable idea.

There are also what I call the legitimate, or reasonable excuses.

You want to sleep in longer (or take a nap) instead of going to class because you have to study late at night.

You can read the PowerPoint slides online and get the same information you need without going to class.

The professor doesn’t check for attendance so there’s no consequences if you don’t show up.

You haven’t worked out in weeks so you have to go to the gym instead of class. It’s a fair trade.

You can make a case for these kinds of excuses and others in the ballpark of reason. It’s easy to miss class when you justify it. (It’s easy to do anything when it’s justified.)

But, I think anyone who skips class is misguided.

Because whether you have a legitimate reason or you’re lazy, I’m going to hit you with the truth: skipping class hurts you more than it helps you. Here’s exactly why.

Skipping Class Makes Things Worse

These are the fun problems that come from skipping college classes, in no particular order.

First, rarely is all the information you need for an assignment provided without additional information from a professor. Whether it’s a project, paper, or exam, during class is when a professor often takes time to give context, helpful instruction, and dictate what they’re looking for. If you’re not there, that’s no extra help for you.

Plus, you don’t get any freebie test answers if you’re not at class. You know what I mean, right?

When the professor expands on a topic, then says, “Take notes because this will be on the exam.” Only the people who attend class come away with that helpful insight. (Or when they deliberately tell you a specific question and answer on the exam, only the students there are lucky.)

You also miss when your teacher says, “Don’t worry about this unit, it won’t be on the exam.” If you miss that day, you’ll but putting hours of valuable study time into terms that you don’t need to know.

Many students who often miss class, sometimes only one class, are sure to waste more time trying to catch up than if they went to class. Because not only do they have to learn what they went over in class, they first have to spend time knowing what to go over.

And it’s extremely difficult to get a quality letter of recommendation if you routinely skip class with all of your professors. At best, your letters will be average and bland. At worst, you won’t have any professors agree to write one.

For all of these reasons, and some others I’m sure I left out, if you like yourself, you will go to every class you can.

So while there’s plenty of reasons to skip class and the motivation behind each one is that it will make your life easier, if only for a little, now you know that premise is untrue.

Skipping class makes your life much more difficult and stressful. In other words, going to class makes your life much easier.

You’ll Win When You Go To Class

Did you catch all of that? Although going to class can be a drag at times, just remember the consequences of not going to class are always a losing bargain.

I must say that this entire blog post is assuming you want to succeed in college and not live in constant stress. If you don’t want to do well for yourself and want to skip class, enjoy the stress and good luck to you. (You need it!)

And here’s one last negative. Skipping class when you don’t feel like going sets a bad precedent for your future. Because after you graduate, not going to work on the days you don’t feel like it also sounds good, until you lose your job, lose your income, and become a bum.

College is the perfect time to establish successful habits. Start today by creating the habit of going to every class, regardless of your feelings.

Your college experience will be better off for it.

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Podcast Interviews For The How To College Launch

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To promote How To College, I went on podcasts to discuss all the great content in the book.

The hosts and I discussed important subjects like building a personal brand, best practices for mental health, goal-setting strategies, and a bunch of other cool success topics.

The interviews all went well and I appreciated the hosts having me on. Free press is always for me (I’m talking to you Forbes and Business Insider, just waiting by the phone).

I figured instead of reading content, you could listen to a podcast and learn something new:

I’ve been on some other podcasts that still haven’t posted (what are you waiting for people?). It’s all good though.

Just Google search “Brian Robben podcast” if you want to listen to the other podcasts when they go live in the near future, or listen to the podcasts I’ve been on for The Golden Resume and Freedom Mindset launches.

Go crush it today!

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