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5 ½ Tips From Highly Successful Students

Being an effective studier, getting internships, having a high GPA—these are all things that make us think of a student as “successful.” However, everyone’s journey is different and success is defined uniquely from person to person. What is universal, though, is that your peers want you to succeed in whatever way feels right for you. Here are some valuable tips to help you get the most out of your college experience from students who have certainly made an impact on Boise State.

1) Form relationships with mentors

-Sierra Sandison, Senior, Mechanical Engineering

“Make an effort to get to know/build relationships with your faculty. Introduce yourself, not only to your own professors, but other faculty you recognize as well. Once a faculty member knows my name, I often share my long term goals with them. I cannot count the amount of times that this has helped me get internships and other incredible opportunities to help me towards those goals! Don’t be nervous to reach out to them–they are here to help you succeed, but they can’t do that if they don’t know who you are and what you want to achieve.”

2) “Comparison is the thief of joy”

-Taylor Rico-Pekerol, Junior, Media Arts Journalism Major and Business Minor

“A helpful tip that has gotten me through college and life so far is that comparison is the thief of joy. If you are so focused on what someone else has accomplished, you’ll miss out on the opportunities right in front of you. There will always be someone who seems to be more successful than you, but everyone has their own path in life so there should be no comparison.”

3) Know what resources are available to you

-Mone’t Alberts, Biomedical Engineering PhD,
Recent Bachelor’s Graduate of Materials Science Engineering

“Learn early on what resources are available to you for your success! There are several entities on campus that are there to help us, from Career Services to the COBE Career Closet, Boise State is committed to the success of their students, don’t be afraid to seek those opportunities!”

(Shameless plug: our Student Life website can help you find all sorts of resources available to you.)

4) Be proactive about your college experience

-Edson Valdisimo, Junior, Communication with a Certificate in Applied Leadership

“College shouldn’t just be about having a great GPA, but also, students should remind themselves to have fun, network, and experience new things. A way I learned this is through participating and taking part in the various organizations and events on campus. Take advantage of the opportunities offered here at Boise State. ‘It’s never too late to try.’”

5) Find a creative outlet

-Hanna Suman, Senior, Biology and Premedical Studies

“Always make sure you are finding time to work on or create a project you are truly passionate about–I call them passion projects. Life can get so hectic between work, school, and other obligations. Having a passion project gives you the space to be creative and put your energy towards something that matters to you. It ensures you take a break from your normal routine to work towards a goal that you’ve set for yourself.”

5 ½) Bonus tip! Take time for yourself each and every day

-Maggi Szeles, Junior, Political Science and Environmental Studies

“Take 20 minutes out of your day to do something for you. Sometimes it’s going on a walk, other times it’s taking a deep breath and sitting with nothingness; and letting that be enough. I make a practice of giving myself time everyday to do something that will satisfy a need.”

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