Going to college is an extraordinary experience. It is a time to explore and study new things, and it is an opportunity for personal and intellectual growth. Although intelligence and talent are helpful, to achieve success in college and beyond you also need good habits.

Here are the 8 habits of top college students:

1. Are organized. Successful students arrive to class ready for success. They have the books, notebooks, a working computer, syllabus, pens, an open mind, and the right attitude. They are proactive and responsible for their success.

2. Have a schedule. Successful students manage course expectations and prepare for class and assignments in advance to avoid stress and missing deadlines.

3. Make friends with smart people. Successful students understand that the people they spend time with affect how they think, feel and behave.

4. Always ready for new challenges. Successful students come to class prepared, and willing to engage and contribute to class discussions. They are not afraid to ask questions, and they embrace constructive feedback.

5. Keep healthy. Successful students understand that to manage personal and professional responsibilities they need to be in tip-top shape.

6. College is the highest priority. Successful students take college education very seriously, and they make the best of it each day. One of their top priority is personal and professional growth. A well-rounded education that allows them to adjust and to prosper in a global economy.

7. Life skills. Successful students enroll in courses outside of their degree program. To succeed in the real world skills such as communication, cultural literacy, critical thinking, time management, self-leadership and public speaking are imperative.

8. Have a success plan. The best students have goals, and a plan to achieve them. They don’t waste their time or money and live each day with purpose and intention. They are accountable and responsible for their success, in college and beyond college.


Val Margarit

Author: Val Margarit

Val Margarit grew up in Romania and moved to the United States, on her own, in 1996. Despite coming from a humble background, she attained a Doctor of Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and a Masters in Sociology from the University of Central Florida. She lives in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

Val Margarit is a women’s empowerment advocate, an award-winning educator, entrepreneur, author, and speaker. A committed advocate for global education and women’s empowerment, Dr. Margarit gives back to world communities as a teacher, volunteer, and benefactor. She serves on The Professional Women’s Network International Advisory Board, inspires millions of students as she teaches various university classes on sociology, education leadership, and teacher preparation and serves as a dissertation and capstone adviser.
Val facilitates workshops and personal coaching on personal leadership, motivation, and success, and speaks on topics from education equality to self-development, women empowerment, and gender equality.

Val is passionate about and believes in living a holistic lifestyle caring for the mind, body, and soul. She enjoys running and completed the New York City marathon. She is also interested in other cultures and travels widely, visiting some 35 countries so far.

In the future, Val hopes that women and girls around the world will have access to education and opportunities to reach their full potential, something her mother did not have. She believes in living life by design, with purpose, integrity, and meaning. She works hard to ensure women and men achieve equal rights, but recognizing that it is something that must be worked for, she keeps a quote from Estee Lauder firmly in her head – “I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.”

Her new book, WHY NOT YOU? How To Become an Empowered Woman is available on Amazon.

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