This is part 2 of the article "Rules of College Success," out of the book, "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about College."
5) If you don't have a family yet, don't start one till you're both done with college
Having kids is great, but not during college. Get your education first, so that you can use the benefits of that education to support a family. If you have kids and a spouse too early, you are going to be forced to either jeopardize your relationships with them in order to reach your goals, or you are going to have to give up your goals altogether.6) Leave your Play Station, Xbox or Game Cube at home. These are serious time-eaters
According to the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, students who spend a lot of time playing video games have lower grades than those who do not. Getting good at video games takes a lot of time, time you don't have in college. Leave the system at your parent's house, or only allow yourself to play your games after you've done a certain amount of studying for the night. Having that thing in your room is only going to distract you. 7) Never drop out of school for any period of time for any reason
There are a billion folks who have dropped out of school "for just a little while" only to find themselves never ever going back to college. Don't let yourself get caught in that category. Only drop out if there is no other option, and remember that even when you think there are no options, that usually means that you just haven't thought about all the possible solutions. 8) Don't go home too much, you will never get used to your new environment
It is always fun to go back home and kick it with the family. But the only way you are going to grow as a person is if you get out there, have new experiences and meet new people. Get out and live life. Don't spend all your time traveling home. Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Finance Professor at Syracuse University and author of "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about College." To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered directly to your email, please click here.