How To Take 18 Credit Hours & Still Live Your Life in College

Friend: “Yo, how many hours are you taking next year”

Me: “Bro, I’m taking 18……”

Friend: “Damn bro, that’s about to be hell, why?!?”

Me: “Not looking forward to it what-so-ever”

This is the conversation I typically have whenever I get asked how many hours I’m taking. To be completely honest, I have tried to take 18 hours before in the past and lowkey, I dropped a course. Not because it was hard but because I changed my major and the class I was enrolled in was required for my old major but not for my new major.

In today’s blog post, I will be talking about my experiences with loading up on coursework and things I have seen work for me and for others. By implementing these simple tips, you can get the success in the classroom while still living your best life.

Stick around for those of you looking to add another course or that are already taking 18 hours. If you are one of those taking 18 hours, you are in my prayers 🙂

THE DAUNTING VIEW OF 18 HOURS 

Let’s be honest, school is most of the time a very hassling area especially if you are not that good at school. For me, I wasn’t always the top student in my classes and I don’t know the feeling of getting a 4.0. So for someone that is not that good at school, loading up on your coursework can be challenging at first, but with proper preparation and having the right mindset, this can be easier than seen. You don’t need to be the smartest to get the best results.

18 credit hours is seen as this huge detrimental beast that not many college students say “oh you’re doomed for hell.” Reality is, yeah it’s hard don’t get me wrong but it’s something you shouldn’t fear of. I know for myself, that whenever I was taking 18 hours before changing my major, life was tough and the amount of more focus and work you had to put it was noticed.

During my freshman year, I took the bare minimum of 14 and 13 hours both semesters. Part of the reason is due to the fact I played college soccer, my schedule was already bombarded by it leaving no free time for more classwork. Now that I am not a student-athlete anymore, I am able to load my coursework up and do more things that revolve around my academics. Life is good now, I don’t have to walk to class every day looking like I got shot in the back from weights or feeling half handicapped from the waist below from rigorous training and runs.

Like said earlier, 18 hours is no easy task but with proper preparation and useful tools, you can take 18 hours and still live your college life and have fun, all at the same time!

So without further or due, lets jump right to it.

Planning Your Schedule

Alright, so you’ve determined that this semester is the semester you challenge yourself and get some classes out of the way now rather than later. Before you begin to arrange classes and start adding courses like a maniac, take a deep breath and relax.

You have to optimize and plan different courses for different schedules and think about factors and periods when courses would best be suited for.

My number one tip is to not take more than 2-3 difficult classes in a semester. Reason being is that you don’t want to overwhelm yourself by taking all the rigorous classes and not being able to complete all the work and not being able to focus properly for each. What I mean by this is, don’t go taking 2 math courses, a science course, and a history class all in one semester because you’ll find yourself in a deep hole come midterms when you have a stockpile of work and tests to study for.

In another hand maybe take like 1 math course, 1 science course, 2 prereqs for your college and 1-2 general education classes.

You want your schedule to be balanced but not make it too easy because as you move along the ranks of grade classification, you will have to start taking all these difficult classes you put off in the beginning, and that’s when you will see all the stress pile up like a snowball effect and collapse all over your face!

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A tool I use when planning my schedule is Coursicle. Coursicle allows you to browse classes based on your college and plan your perfect schedule. It also notifies you whenever a seat opens up in a class that you want. I highly recommend using this FREE tool! Below is one of the alternative schedules I made for this upcoming Fall 2018 semester. I wanted to include it to give you a visual on how it looks and see how beneficial it can be whenever planning out this detrimental 18-hour schedule

Life of Pedro Coursicle for App State
Fall 2018 Coursicle Alternative Schedule

So when properly planning your schedule, I would recommend speaking to your academic advisor about planning your courses as they are the wisest tool you can use when doing this. Luckily for me, whenever I was a student-athlete, our advisors did all the planning for us and all we had to do it register for the courses. Making it as easy as taking candy from a baby. Shout Cliff Poole!

Now that I am not a student-athlete anymore, I have to do the planning myself but by speaking to your advisor and evaluating your strengths, planning can be fairly easy!

Okay, now that you have planned your schedule and have everything ready to go for the first day of school now we move onto keeping up with these classes.

TAMING THE WILD BEAST FOR THE SEMESTER

Now that you have it all set and ready to go, now we all we got to do is tame this beast so we don’t lose control over it and can handle the wild bursts of it.

The number one thing to avoid when taking 18 credit hours is PROCRASTINATION

Now, this can seem fairly simple but it is something literally every college student has problems with and everyone can relate to this.

I know for myself that I procrastinated a lot in high school but I’ve reduced it a lot now that I am in college. Due to the reason is, you can’t afford to procrastinate that much in college like you did in high school. You are in the big leagues and need to treat it as such to get the results you want because employers do not give a flying goose egg about your high school experience. They care about what you did in college. So if you goof in college, you might as well goofed with your future employer.

Now Rather Than Later 

 

Do yourself a favor and whenever you are assigned an assignment to do it as soon as possible rather than waiting 24 hours before it is due. It will save you so much time and effort later down the road and you will see greater success.

It’s amazing to see the time you have when knocking assignments as you go. You’ll have so much time to rage like an animal and do the things you want to do. That can be from hanging out with friends, going out downtown on the weekends, to taking time on your personal hobbies you thoroughly enjoy. The possibilities are endless.

Our main concern is to give you more time to live your life and live your lifestyle.

TAKE IT ONE STEP AT A TIME

Okay, so now that you know not to procrastinate, you need to divide your attention to focusing on one assignment at a time.

The main reason for this is when you are thinking about multiple assignments at once and you worry about how you are going to finish them all in time for your classes, you end up wasting more time worrying about what could go wrong instead of just completing assignments. It is important to take it one step at a time. 

Digesting courseload by bits of pieces rather than huge mouthfuls is going to make your life a lot easier.

A prime example of this happened to me last semester. I had an 11am class on a Monday which happened to be history. Walking in, I thought “today is going to be a nice and easy day.” As I was walking in, I see that everybody has a paper in front of them. I ask my neighbor, “was there a paper due today?” He says “yeah, man we have an essay due today.”

In my mind, I freak out! I had totally forgotten the due date and I didn’t have a paper.

I panicked so hard and begin to think of ways that I can finesse this. After a solid minute of creative brainstorming, I think “how much time can it possibly take me to write a two-page double-spaced paper on a historical event?” I say “easy as cake, I got this.”

I run down to the library, grab an energy drink (since it was 11am, I was sleepy) sprint up to the 3rd floor which at Appalachian State is the silent floor and I begin to furiously write this paper.

one hour later w/ Spongebob

I get the paper written in the best possible way that I can do in an hour. I sprint back to Ann Belk Hall to my classroom and casually walk in pretending I had been in the bathroom the whole time. Which granted is the excuse I had to say since that is what I told the professor after he counted me “present” for the class.

Don’t get me wrong, as I walked in people thought I had dipped and was not coming back since I took literally almost the whole class period in the “bathroom.”

I turned it in with 5 minutes to spare of the class and got an A on the paper.

Why did I mention this story?

Because when it got to crunch time, I focused solely on this ONE paper and got it done in little under an hour which if I would have procrastinated and thought of other assignments I had to do, it would have taken me much longer to do. It’s a proven theory that if have less time and more urgency for something that you get it done with max efficiency and time.

Stay Organized

Staying organized is such an important factor that is vital for both your personal life and your academics. I highly suggest everyone taking on heavy coursework to have a planner with them.

I use the Panda Planner (pictured below) from Amazon because it keeps me organized, there is space to write down daily tasks I want to knock out and places to gather notes and ideas for future business ideas or school thoughts.
I found this planner and any planner in particular to be a strong tool to use. The main reason I like this planner, in particular, is that one, It has a cool design to it and it’s visually appealing that makes things easier when planning/organizing.

Highly suggest getting a planner of your own to keep track of all the amazing things going on in your life.

 

Another thing I recommend for staying organized is investing in a virtual personal assistant. By personal assistant, I mean in an Amazon Alexa.

Being as busy with having my own personal ventures and taking 18 credit hours, it has been super useful to have a virtual assistant like Alexa that helps you throughout your day. By keeping track of meetings and what you have planned that day to finding the weather to dress appropriately for class as well. All with the command of your voice. That’s the best thing about it. It’s like your own Alfred and you are Bruce Wayne.

Down below is an article that I SPECIFICALLY talk about how having a virtual assistant can increase your productivity and keep you organized:

Make Time For Yourself

With all being said, putting in the work to be successful later in your career and taking 18 credit hours is cool and all but if you don’t put the time to yourself, you will be miserable

The most important thing is making time for yourself. 

You will become stress and miserable as heck if you don’t schedule the time to do other things than studying 24/7.

Everyone needs a break eventually, as well as fun things to look forward to. So go out with your friends in downtown and wild out. Go have a boys/girls night playing a game or simply having a bonfire to catch up with one another. Go travel to a different location or scenery that you always wanted to go. Literally, anything. The point is to get away from those books.

College is meant for you to explore and find out who you really are. If you are studying all the time, you won’t have the luxury to do that. My main motive is to find ways for you guys to do all the things you want in life in the most efficient yet enjoyable way possible.

Go out and do what makes you happy! Life is short.

How are you taking advantage of it?

Your boy,

Pedro Segundo

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Improving Your Game in Soccer the Quick & Easy Way for 2018

Needing that extra drive and secret sauce to skyrocket your game from riding the bench to being a star player? You come to the right place!

In this blog post, I will talk about a course that helped me improve my game in soccer tremendously. I will also dig a little into my story about how it all came to be. 

FIRST EXPERIENCE IN THIS SOCCER WORLD

Growing up as a kid, I have always loved soccer. It became one of my favorite past times as a child and quickly began growing to be a passion. 

I can still remember this day at my grandma’s house in Mexico where my very first present on my first birthday was a soccer ball. Words cannot express how enthusiastic I was as a child getting this present. It’s funny because I am not telling you from my point of view. I am telling you all this from my mother and grandma’s point of view because they were the only people present during my first actual birthday. My dad at the time was at the States traveling and finding a place to settle down before my mother going to that location. 

Let’s be real here for a minute. Who do you know that remembers their first birthday vividly? I know close to zero people that do unless you have an insane memory. 

But anyway, getting that first ball sparks joy into my eyes and immediately I start to play around with it, kicking it, pushing it around as I crawl, and overall just get curious about it. Honestly, life was amazing at the time because of A. no worries B. I had a soccer ball and C. I was a baby so who cares. 

IT ALL STARTS WITH A DREAM

As I got older and I began to start falling in love with it. Kicking the ball and just being around the sport was my absolute favorite thing and from those moments I knew it was something I wanted to work to get better.

Here are some vintage pics of Young Footballer Pedro. Promise me you won’t laugh.  

At the time soccer jerseys were about the only thing I wore. I kid you not THE ONLY THING I WORE. I’d rock these jerseys to school almost every day.

My attire from Kindergarten up until like 4th grade consisted of shorts, a jersey and tennis shoes. Funny thing is, in 3rd grade I would actually wear my cleats to school. Hearing the “click-clack-click-clack” walking down the hallways was the worst now that I think about it, but hey, you never knew when 5v5 was about to go down in recess. You always had to stay prepared. 

FALL IN LOVE WITH THE PROCESS

In my elementary years, I sucked. Like I really did suck. I remember sitting on the bench for youth soccer back when I was 6-7 years old and barely getting any playing time. This all was so awful because I WANTED to play because I LOVED to play. Sitting on the bench only discouraged me as a kid growing up. 

Going from my elementary team, middle school team, high school, club and all the way up to college my main objective was 

“How can I get better today?”

Getting better was the only way of making me happy and doing what I loved to do, so I did whatever it took to reach that. 

I WAS A NERD FOR THE SPORT

With that mindset and ambition, I would do virtually anything to learn a new trick, learn from the best and literally ANYTHING to get better.

Afterschool for me in my early days was binge-watch Youtube videos, highlights, games, and everything that had to do with soccer footage online. I really want to just digest everything I saw and somehow apply it to make my game better. I would mostly watch freestyle videos because I loved how they looked and they were by far the most fun things to do when playing. 

Every footballer reading this will understand this feeling.

“Bro, how did you do that”

“You have to teach me that”

“That’s really cool”

I fed off this and would just motivate me to learn more tricks/skills to do with the ball.

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During that time, the internet was vastly growing at an exponential rate. There were loads of videos, trainers, and courses being made available to inspiring footballers. Anything you could watch on Youtube at the time, I watched it at least 1,000 times. 

One of the videos that I kid you not, I watched over a million times was this “Ronaldinho Joga Bonito Video” I watched this so many times trying to emulate every trick, touch, and thing they did in that video. I also tried the bouncing off the walls tricks in my own living room. Jesus, did I break so many things cause of that. 

That weekly conversation of “I broke something again mom” was not pleasant but after happening so many times. They began to kind of shrug it off. I made them a promise that I would get better so I wouldn’t break stuff anymore. 

For those curious, here is a list of videos that I watched over and over again. Hey, maybe we binge-watched the same videos. 

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There is beyond way more videos but these are a few of my favorites. If you haven’t noticed a lot of those are Ronaldinho videos. Ronaldinho growing up was my favorite player and style that I would try to emulate the most. I automatically fell in love with his playing style, flair, and skills. I loved him so much that I would constantly buy his jerseys, his signature cleats, and posters to put in my room. The guy was a pimp on the field. So I tried to be that. 

MAJOR LEARNING CURVE

Learning tricks was the main thing I focused on at the time and still is but that wasn’t getting me to my main goal, of being a better overall player. I knew that I had to change to elevate my game to new levels.

By the age of 12, I saw that change was needed. The change I sought? A course. This was not just an ordinary course, it was a step by step guide in mastering the foundations of soccer and training programs that promoted that. Epic Soccer Training was the solution.

The crazy thing is, I was so stubborn about the fact of reaching out for help because I had the mindset that I was going to learn everything through on my own but that soon came to be inefficient and very frustrating. My parents were firm believers of that but after long talks and conversation after conversation, I convinced them to purchase the course. I promised in return for good grades in school. This was a frequent tactic I used a lot lol. 

The course that I bought was a course that helped me develop a “fail until you succeed mentality” as a kid. Many aspiring footballers get discouraged whenever things don’t go as well and I perfectly understand that because I too was in your same exact shoes. I would rage quit, I would get really mad whenever I would spend hours, days, weeks, and even months on learning a new trick or skill and would make few to none results. I understand, its really frustrating. 

Developing that mindset and having someone there along the way to help me really improved my game to a whole new level. Quickly after obtaining the program, I could see huge strides.

The course helped me to learn the tricks, skills and the most importantly the foundations of the game. If you look at the greatest players in the world, what is the one thing they mastered above all?

THE FOUNDATIONS

It presented these topics under a whole new light that not a lot of coaches and trainers had instructed me at that time.

WITH ACTION CHANGE WILL COME

Matt Smith, creator of the program was just starting out at the moment but with 15 years of experience integrated into this course, it has greatly improved and impacted many other players around the globe. Matt includes a FREE trial period for players to test out the program and really see if it something that they want.

Inside this program are loads of videos, strategies, training outlines, and secrets that every player wishes they had access to. The only thing to keep in mind is if you do not apply yourself and take the time to get better, you will not see results. You get by what you put into it

Anyone can learn this stuff. It takes some commitment, but the most important thing is to use your time wisely by starting my methods right away.

-Matt Smith

Actions over words are key

I will include the link down below for young aspiring footballers to check out what helped me to seek the results they need in the fastest amount of time possible. Click on the link down below to start your free trial. 

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GET YOUR FREE TRIAL TODAY

Your boy,

Pedro Segundo