“C’s get degrees!”
This line was often fed to me be people who enjoyed purposefully underachieving in college. I never liked the idea that one should do the bare-minimum when it came to school work. Yes, I am a turbo-nerd and yes college was one of my greatest passions. But it was almost with a self-perceived roguish disregard for school did these people slack off.
I think there existed a great disconnect from myself and these kinds of people.
It was not because of any internship or other position did these people forego work, but mainly because they didn’t want to. It was more important to blow off the work and look cool rather than develop a good set of habits. Here are 6 reasons why you should keep up with your week every time.
1. You Develop Good Habits
Good habits are few and far between, especially among we, the youth. We’re still trying to learn our way around the world and we often end up groping through the darkness for a way to get
around. When you’re consistent with your work, when you try to do the best you can, you develop a habit to do that all the time. You’re making it easier for you in the future. Practice makes perfect, and when you’re constantly giving it your all.
2. It Prepares You for Your Career
One of the hardest things I’ve experienced is transitioning to the working world. Instead of spending 15-20 hours a week in class and then a variable amount of time after that doing school work, I work 40 hours a week, at a minimum, not to mention extra work I want to do to prepare. When you’re slacking and just putting in the bare amount, you’re setting yourself up for failure in the working world. Turning that ship will prove more difficult than perceived. Your boss isn’t going to want someone who just shows up—in the competitive market we live in now, we can’t afford to not give our best.
3. You Establish Relationships with Those Around You
When you’re the girl or guy who always gets her or his work done, people take notice. People will come to you with questions, come for tutoring or advice. We develop relationships that way. When people want to learn from you, they admire you. Some of these relationships could even develop into a potential job.
4. You’re Doing Your Job
When you spend at least 12 hours a week at something, then spend 12 more hours doing work, and then on top of that you spend up to 15 hours a week studying, even more during exam time—that’s your job. Though it might not be as a high-stress as a full-time job is all the time, I can certainly say as a new graduate, my stress-levels can certainly compare.
5. You Set a Good Example
Even if you don’t have younger brothers or sisters, you have people around you that observe how much time you put in. When you’re crushing it every single day, people want to become like you and adopt that kind of personality.
6. You’re Paying for It
Let’s be honest, you’re either shelling out the money yourself, you received money from your parents, the government, or maybe even you scored yourself a few scholarships. Either way, you’re spending your money and time on the place, probably thousands of dollars. Rather than racking up a lot of debt and only a piece of paper to show for it, why not be the smartest guy or gal in the room too?
The only case that I can think of why you should blow off your work is because you’re already furthering your career. I had a friend in college who involved himself in nearly every academic organization available to us, and rose the ranks of each one. On top of that he had an internship at a state-run power facility. That kind of pressure accompanied with a full course-load made it seem understandable why he couldn’t necessarily get all the assignments done.
Do yourself the favor and do the work. It will pay off in spades.