Deciding to be less competitive in college

Competitive people can’t help being competitive just like lazy people can’t help being lazy. It’s simply in the blood. But for obvious (and unfortunate) culturally American reasons, teachers, parents and honest friends will berate you for being lazy, but wont for being overly competitive. That’s because competitive people tend to excel: top percentile grades, multiple extracurricular activities and popularized class rank are among some of the achievements of those who win at school. But when you take down these signs of success, you’ll see that trying to be the best can be just as harmful as trying not to be above average.

You can lose friends (or potential friends) by being too competitive. You can stress yourself out, develop insecurities, and even inadvertently poison your own academic performance by being too competitive. Still, these things can fly under the radar while in high school, especially when you’ve got that 98% test grade that you were looking for. But while that 98% is super cool, bringing that level of One Student to Rule Them All attitude to a college campus is an infamously bad idea.

One of the first things you realize when you start classes is how many smart kids there are (and not just at your top schools and Ivy Leagues). Thinking that you need to outshine all these students, just like you outshined your high school classmates, might drive you a little mad. But it’s not just the competitive stress that’ll hurt ya—a big part of college is learning to be really good at working with people, not against them. Just take a look at the working world if you don’t believe me: Google works in teams, Bowing works in teams, the Government, of course, works in teams. And even if your type of career requires silouhed research or production, you’re still going to work under someone, with clients, and for a company.

But the key isn’t to just not care (not that you could). What it’s really about is learning to see your classmates as being beneficial, not a threat, to your own success.

Example one: Study groups. Study groups are much more popular (and necessary) in college, and you’d much rather work with another top student than an “I forgot my notes” student.

Example two: Group projects. A major part of your grades (for mostly every class) will be group work. And since in these situations you literally can’t get a better can’t than your teammates, you have no choice but to look to them for help.

Learning to switch off this desire to be the top student in a class will be tough. High school is boringly built around standardized tests and rankings—the irony here being that when you get into the working world, nothing can really be measured, and there are hundreds of ways to excel, hundreds of ways to fail and plenty of middle ground to fall into. If you can wrap this zen like understanding of “success” around your head, you’ll be able to stop thinking of being the best in college, and focus on just benefiting from college.

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When it comes to deciding which college to go to, probably no other factor matters to students more (on the average) than a school’s US News & World Report ranking.

Ever since the first list of “America’s Top 50 Colleges” was published in 1983, prospective students (and parents) all over the US have turned to the list as an easy way to know what schools were “good” and which ones weren’t so hot.

If you’re in the process of applying to college any time between September and November, you may have encountered the terms “Early Decision” and “Early Action.”

If you’ve done some reading on the subject, you may have also discovered that both are programs offered by colleges and universities that allow you to find out early—sometimes as early as the beginning of December—whether you got in your not.

Sounds like a sweet deal, right?

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Cue that spooky-you-know-something-bad-is-about-to-happen music…the professor announces the midterm projects… you have to complete the project…as a group.

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“Healy Howl” and The Exorcist Screening, Georgetown University

Many college campuses date back a hundred or more years. They've been home to thousands of students, and if there's anything we've learned about the typical ghost, it's that they like to haunt their old homes.

This may not seem freaky to you, probably because you don't believe in ghosts, but reports show that more than a few campuses feature haunted dorms, some with well-documented histories and decades of witnesses to a host of spooky, unexplained phenomenon. Here are some of the spookiest.

 

If the monster mash is your jam - these schools might just be your favorite locations for Halloween.

These schools have the Halloween weekend down to an art. These are the schools that brag the best costumes, the scariest haunted libraries, pumpkin activities, and haunted hay rides.

Her Campus presents a list of the top 10 celebrations and the schools that love to hear your frightened shrieks.   

Read the fine print - discover the textbook prices that work for your class and your budget!

Made of money is not the first thing you think of when you picture a college student, quite the opposite. Textbooks can easily put a dent in your piggybank before the semester even starts. First and foremost, do your research. Spend time checking prices because nine times out of ten - the first place you look won't be the best price you could get.

Being a college student has more benefits than just the degree!

As you may know being a college student provides a ton of discounts: restaurants, gym memberships, and many other venues if you just ask or flash that ID.

Planning to bike to class?

"Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use." - Charles M. Schulz

Biking cigarette online usa is great for your health and great for the environment. Head to any college campus and you'll probably see several students cycling between buildings like bees buzzing to and from a hive.

Why trudge through snow to get to class when sunshine could be around the corner?

Halloween decorations are going up, leaves are changing colors, and frost is creeping in on your car's morning windshield. We're in the midst of fall, but we all know what comes all too soon after that Halloween party -- cold and (depending on your geographic location) miserable winter. 

Check out these shiny new majors that took a few years to download.

As business environments evolve and technology advances, the skills and knowledge of the world's brightest must adapt as well. Hopefully, you're not reading this article on an old 1999 AOL dial up internet connection.

The path of the future, even just in the past 10 years, has dictated what we needed to know to survive and thrive in the real world. Colleges often lead the way in making sure the next generations are ready for just that.

Happy and excited to rise and shine for an 8am lecture?….yeah, me neither.

We have been getting up for school all our lives, but when we go to college, free will is given to us to dictate our own bed times -very quickly, sleep patterns can become (quite) different.

If you’re a fan of shows like Paranormal State, a show about students from the Penn State Paranormal Research Society who spend their spare time seeking out ghosts, you’ve probably wondered if it’s possible to go to college to learn how to be a ghost hunter.

Not all college majors are created equally.

"What you make depends a lot on what you take." -Anthony Carnevale

Love the idea of being your own boss but not sure about the rules?

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Bransen. What do all of these names have in common?

  1. They all have earned a ton of money and lived in personal success.
  2. None of them have a college degree.

Success stories like these have caused budding entrepreneurs to question if they even need to attend college. If you're going to be working for yourself, what difference does having a degree make? 

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