Crowdsourced: The keys to surviving college

College, for many, feels like an impossible balancing act between debt, your health, maintaining a social life and school. (Katelin Woods | Collegian Media Group)

We asked, you delivered. K-State students, alumni and others weigh in on how to survive — and thrive — in college.

Confidence is key

“Fake it ’till you make it. I promise no one actually knows what’s going on.” — Ethan Eccles

Productivity hacks

“Stay on campus as long as you can to get everything you need done.” — Morgan Kaiser

“Take a nap. A rested brain will help more than having a sleepy one the day of an exam.” — Corinne White

“Take things a day, hour or assignment at a time.” — Janelle Naegele

“I figured out which classes and assignments didn’t matter that much and gave them less effort.” — Benjamin Ristow

Some sage words

“Take each new semester as an opportunity to learn how to problem solve (and work with others to get work done) … Second, understand what it means to have a growth mindset and cultivate it! The world is constantly changing but you have the capacity to change and learn with it.” — Mandy Trewett


“Don’t put your interests or career goals in a box. Pursue and study what fascinates you.” — Elyse Pendergrass

“YOUR GRADES DON’T DEFINE YOU. Your 4.0 cannot come at the cost of your mental health. Take care if yourself, and remember that you’re more than your grades.” — Grace Diane Stanfield

“Remember that college is a means, not an end. Failure here doesn’t define you.” — Blythe Landon

“Make friends. Find your people.” — Gregory Eiselein

Remember, college is fun.

And finally…

“I called my mom at least once a week.” — Joanna Lind

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I’m Olivia Rogers. I graduated with dual degrees in philosophy and political science in May 2020. After I graduated, I went on to attend law school at Notre Dame. While at the Collegian, I served as the community editor for several semesters, working to share the opinions of the K-State student body. I write because: “Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving.”― Madeleine L'Engle