5 Tips for College Success
By Guest Contributor Kennetra A. Bryant, Ed.D
You’ve probably thought about it more than once. Well, honestly you think about it all the time. When you talk about it, excitement bursts through your vocal chords because you can visualize what life will look like when your desired goal is complete. In the midst of your excitement, the occasional uncertainties crawl through your mind but you repel them with faith because you already know that this is the route you are called to pursue and God is in this. He is for you. So here it goes... you are about to start college!
It doesn’t matter if you are a working professional, stay at home parent, ministry leader, grandparent, single parent, unemployed, caretaker, high school graduate or a returning college student starting college can be a challenge because this new journey requires commitment, change and courage.
As you seek God’s guidance in your higher education pursuits, I have comprised a list of my TOP FIVE TIPS for a successful college start!
Tip # 1 - Receive the Route & Rebuke Regret!
Faithfully receive the academic route that God has confirmed in your life and rebuke the regrets of anything seeking to hold you back! This includes past mistakes, relationships or even yourself. Joyfully receive the new journey and don’t compare your higher education journey with anyone. If you are starting this journey as an experienced adult faithfully focus on completion and not the “shoulda, woulda, coulda’s” of life. else. Thank God for the new route you are embarking on and aim towards finishing what God put in you to start!
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Tip # 2 - Keep your Priorities in Check
Staying on top of the many demands and requirements of school is absolutely important but don’t neglect your and priorities number ONE is relationship with God. God must remain at the top, center and foundation of everything do. Nothing should impede your relationship with God. Starting college with this mindset will help you prioritize your schedule better. When God is the absolute center, focus and foundation in your everyday life there will be little time for unnecessary distractions that don’t produce God-honoring fruit. Prioritize your time wisely with God, your family, yourself and academic studies. If you don’t know how to properly prioritize take a moment to ask God for guidance in this area and watch Him come through for you!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
Tip # 3 - Be Prepared for Change
Change is inevitable. Not only does starting college produce changes within you, but outside changes will become evident in your personal and academic life. The changes that you will experience will most likely affect your relationships, study habits and social circles. Change is good but don’t become despondent when a change in your relationships occurs. Although there will be some individuals who will boldly make the necessary adjustments to encourage your dreams, there will be others who negatively dismiss your efforts and God-honoring aims. No matter the change in your life, press forward and focus on your destiny and how your gifts will benefit the Kingdom of God.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Tip # 4 - Take the Initiative
Higher education is all about students exhibiting responsibility and accountability for their actions. Don’t wait for the first day of class to begin purchasing items for the semester. Take the initiative and do what you can before you step foot in the classroom.
Take the initiative and begin looking at your instructor’s course syllabus to see the textbooks required. Doing this can help you purchase or rent your textbook before the “first of the semester hustle & bustle.”
Take the initiative to familiarize yourself with the campus, by walking around to various buildings and getting a feel of where you will spend a significant amount of time.
Take the initiative if you are attending an online college to familiarize yourself with the website and the learning management systems.
Take the initiative to obtain your college’s academic calendar and course selection bulletin. These two resources will enlighten you about when classes begin, major holidays, exam schedules and when the semester ends. Also by obtaining a course selection bulletin prospective college students are able to identify in detail what their college curriculum requires with a detailed explanation of each course.
A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
Tip # 5 - Watch your Mouth!
Plain and Simple. Watch the words come out of your mouth as you begin your higher education journey. Although challenges appear and change is inevitable watch your mouth! Watch your mouth when you have to make adjustments. Watch your mouth when relationships end and new ones begin. Watch your mouth when academic advisors and professors don’t do what you’d like. Watch your mouth when your peers aggravate you or disrespect you. Remember to speak God’s word about the situations you encounter. Speak life and not death! Before studying speak God’s word about how you are fearfully and wonderfully made and more than a conqueror. Declare God’s word over your life even if it means walking around with scriptures on index cards in your backpack. You have the power to change the trajectory of your experiences based on the words you elect to speak.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
Aiming Towards the Target,
Dr. Kennetra A. Bryant
Kennetra A. Bryant, Ed.D is a triple graduate from Texas Southern University. Dr. Bryant earned her Doctoral Degree in Education: Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Higher Education Success. A Master’s Degree in Education: Curriculum &Instruction with an emphasis in Business Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music emphasis Piano.
Dr. Bryant currently works as a College Consultant offering courses geared towards the #Collegebound student achieving academic success. Additionally Dr. Bryant works with School districts, Higher Education & Christian Institutions in their efforts to excel in Curriculum Development and Christian development.
Dr. Bryant has developed a variety of Bible Reading Plans that can be viewed and now heard on the YouVersion Bible App as well as The BRYANTEPC.COM Store toencourage individuals to excel in all God has called them to accomplish.
Additionally, Dr. Kennetra Bryant started a Higher Education Blog and the “Aim Towards the Target” podcast to provide encouraging tips for HigherEd students before, during and after the college as they seek to Aim towards their educational and God-honoring targeted goals.
"God gets all the glory and praise for the blessings He has bestowed on me. God has equipped me to empower, encourage and teach individuals as they aim toward their targeted academic and personal God-honoring goals.” Dr Bryant