10 Ways to Succeed at College with Aaron Kennard
Worried about how this whole college thing will go? Figuring out how to college can be really tricky. You not only have to figure out how to adult and what you want to do with your life, but you also have to get involved and go to class.
Today’s guest Aaron Kennard is a recent college graduate with a degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication. He has extensive experience on his campus helping others students create amazing college experiences through his work in residence life, student transitions, and new student orientation. He shares how he figured out all things college in his conversation with Katy.
Katy met Aaron on her campus, St. Edward’s University, in her role as the Director for Academic Counseling and Exploration. She had the opportunity to work with Aaron while developing a Major Exploration Fair and remodeling New Student Orientation.
At the time of this interview, Aaron was knee deep in his last semester of college. He is now officially a college graduate. Congratulations Aaron!
We are excited to share this conversation because Aaron provides so many simple yet highly effective insights and strategies for navigating the opportunities and challenges of college life.
Takeaways from the episode:
Listen to your inner voice. Especially when people challenge you on your choice of major.
Focus on the transferable skills you learn in your major over a direct career pathway.
You are most likely to meet your core group by getting involved on your campus.
Don’t get discouraged by small setbacks. Awesome opportunities often show up in the aftermath of rejection and failure.
Make a schedule. Block out time for every task, even eating.
Motivate yourself with small built-in rewards.
Drink lots of water, set work hours, and treat sleep like a sacred ritual.
Find a mentor.
Allow yourself to be surprised by you.
Don’t let fear hold you back.
Resources from the Episode
- Listen to our How to Get More Sleep Episode
- Find a Major that Is Right for You with our Audio Guide
- Keep Assignments Organized with Wanderlist
- Get Started with Google Calendar
Remember you have the power to create a better college experience share what worries you about college in the comments below. Your experience may just help another college student create a better college experience.
More About Aaron Kennard
Aaron Keith Kennard is a recent college graduate with a degree in Interpersonal and Organization Communication. His undergraduate career was spent engaging with his fellow students on opportunities to improve their overall college experience. He plans on spending the amount of free time now that he's done with school by watching Netflix/Hulu/HBOGo or writing to keep up his skills. You can follow him on all social media at @aaronkkennard to keep with his post-grad journey.