Every student living at our apartments near MTSU has been told time and time again that college is all about developing good habits. That’s not bad advice, but it doesn’t help much when you don’t know which habits to develop. Sure, you know you have to study hard, but what habits are you supposed to develop that will enable you to study?


Your favorite community of MTSU apartments is here to help you answer that question. We’re not going to pretend to be the experts on success, but we have done a lot of research into how college students can set themselves up to be successful. If you want to graduate college with a good job and a social life that’s intact, we recommend developing some of the habits listed below.


Check out this week’s blog, and please remember to share this post with any of your neighbors or classmates who might need a little help now that fall semester is in full swing.


Habit #1: Put sleep above all else

A lot of college students have developed a way of thinking about sleep that’s totally off-base. Staying up late to work on homework might help you get assignments done before they’re due, but it’s not a recipe for long-term success. Depriving yourself of sleep is one of the worst things you can do for your mind, body and overall happiness levels. You’re simply not as good of a student when you’re tired — no matter how many caffeinated drinks you gulp down. The sooner you start putting sleep at the top of your list of priorities, the sooner you’ll be able to use your brain to it’s full potential.


Habit #2: Start using the support-systems around you

Most students go through college without ever making use of the amazing on-campus resources that are available to everyone at MTSU. When you went through Welcome Week, you probably got a ton of information about all the on-campus support that’s available, but we doubt many of you have ever visited your professors’ office hours, gone to the counseling center or talked to a tutor. All of these systems are in place to help struggling students get by, but too often, students ignore the on-campus support. It’s totally fine to ask for help every now and again, and you should get in the habit of doing so.


Habit #3: Make breaks a part of your routine

Breaks are super important for college students. Your mind can’t handle hours upon hours of studying without a break. We’re talking about little breaks between reading chapters of your textbook, as well as big breaks such as a weekend getaway far from campus. Much like the smartphone in your pocket, we all need time to recharge. You shouldn’t feel bad about taking breaks; you should embrace breaks. They’re as healthy as going for a jog or drinking a kale smoothie. Plus, they’re way more enjoyable than either of those things.
Thanks for taking some time out of your busy September schedule to check out the most recent edition of the University Ridge blog, residents! If you’re able to get in the habit of doing the things listed above, we’re certain that you’ll be better off as a result. For those of you who enjoyed this week’s post and want to read more like it, we recommend that you check this page again next week when our next blog goes live. Also, please be sure to follow your community of MTSU apartments on Facebook. There’s no better way to stay up to date and informed about everything going on at University Ridge!