5 Tips & Tricks To My 4.0 GPA

A recap of a freshman’s first semester in college

As many college freshmen have begun to wrap up their first semester of college I just want to say…CONGRATULATIONS! No matter what the outcome was, you made it through and I’m so proud of you. This was not the easiest transition for many college students, especially the freshman class, but we persevered. Here are a few of my personal tips and tricks that helped me make it through these challenging times.

Manifestation Works

Some of you may think manifestation either, “doesn’t really work” or you’re unsure about how to go about it. One way to get the best out of your semester or out of life is to manifest it. For me, I wanted to do a complete turn around from how I was in high school. Though I passed and did pretty well at the time, deep down I knew I could do better. Going into college I wanted to get a 4.0 GPA and *drumroll* I DID! Not only did I work hard, but I spoke what I wanted into the atmosphere; most importantly, I wrote it down on my white-board in my dorm and I looked at it every day as a reminder.

Don’t Be Afraid To Pull All-nighters 

If you really want to pass, you have to be willing to put in the work for it. Sometimes that means staying up late. I know for those who like to go to sleep early this may be tough or even sound a little absurd. But don’t worry, you’ll regain the sleep back. A hack for pulling all-nighters is taking a short nap early on in the day (roughly 15-30 minutes) and then getting some snacks to keep with you while you work. Stay hydrated too. Get coffee, Pepsi, or make a cup of tea using two bags. If possible, study in a quiet space. You’ll thank me later.

Asking For Help/Clarification Is Okay

This was something that I had to get used to. In high school, I felt that if I asked for help I would be seen as “dumb” or somewhat of an imposter. In college I promised myself that if it came to a point where I ever needed help on anything that I wouldn’t be afraid to ask my professors or peers for assistance. This surely saved me from messing up on assignments and completing work to the best of my ability.

Finding Time For Self-care

This is so important! Self-care can come in many different forms. For me it came in the form of getting up and eating breakfast in the morning. I would wake up before my classes and eat a nutritious breakfast with at least one piece of fruit if possible. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you eat it’ll help you focus better on your tasks. I would also use that down-time to either listen to music or watch an episode of a TV show that I liked.

Be Spontaneous & Have Fun!

Not everything has to be done by a rulebook. Yes, make sure to study, but you can’t forget to have fun. I think my best moments came when my friends and I would do stuff on a whim such as going on the rooftop to skate or taking a late night train ride to go see the Christmas tree in Millennium Park and then getting McDonald’s afterwards. You may not realize it at the time, but it’s the little things that cause you to make memories, and that makes a difference.

With so much going on in the world, you have to put your best foot forward and find ways to not only do well but to also have fun in college. You can do it as long as you put forth the effort.


By Monique Petty-Ashmeade, Freshman, DePaul University

Twitter: @writerinthedakr


Written by TrueStar Staff

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