Hello, friends. It’s been a few weeks since my last update. I’m happy to report that Spring Quarter ’16-’17 is off to a great start! This is the time to turn over a new leaf and make myself into an even better student than I was last quarter! How am I doing it? How can you or someone you know do it? Here’s what’s going on with me:
- Scheduling– My biggest problem throughout all my years of education has always been procrastination. I always thought simply leaving myself enough time to complete projects and homework would be enough. I was very… very… wrong…. This system worked in high school because the assignments were easy- That is to say the assignments didn’t seem easy at the time, but they were beneath the work I am doing, now. The first time I noticed severe problems with my procrastination habit was in my first Winter at Drexel University. I had fallen behind on projects in my most difficult class, and playing catchup was painful. Still, I ran into similar problems after that… And again in the beginning of my sophomore year. Now, I’m saying, “Enough is enough! I’m going to get to the bottom of this habit and put an end to it!” My first step is to create and stick to a personal schedule. I’ve mapped out in my calendar when I will do all of my assignments, when and for how long I will sleep, when I will eat, and when I get free time to relax. So far, it’s been a challenge as I’ve run into some snags. Still, I can already feel more at-ease knowing I have a plan. Keeping caught up and sticking to the schedule will give me time to do everything I need to do. Over the next several weeks, I hope to be living a much healthier lifestyle as a result of setting up a strict schedule for myself.
- Working Towards a Future Goal NOW– I understand there are many hobbies and skills I would like to pursue, but my #1 dream will always be to become a successful game developer/designer. One of the many reasons I chose to attend Drexel University was its esteemed co-op program, but I’m already taking advantage of something Drexel offers which will be instrumental in my future endeavors: The Entrepreneurial Game Studio (EGS). The EGS was a huge factor in deciding to attend Drexel, but I waited a long time to apply because I felt like I had little to offer. After some encouragement from a good friend, I’m happy to say that I’ve been accepted into the studio. Being part of this means I will have the opportunity to join or even form a team which will be tasked with producing a game and taking it to market. I will, literally, be part of a real indie game studio housed in an incubator that is an absolutely safe place to try something new and different (both to me and the world) so long as I am really trying. If a game I make as part of the EGS makes it big, that could open doors for me. I understand that’s dreaming big, but I mean…. My original dream was to produce Sonic the Hedgehog games for Sega. So, if you ask me, dreaming big is exactly the right thing to do, especially now that I am part of this. The EGS has also given me an amazing opportunity to network with some amazing, highly-skilled people and pick their brains based on their experiences, skills and knowledge so that I can have an easier time moving forward. I’ve already met two people willing to work on a personal video game project with me in the EGS, and I am honored that they think my concept is a worthwhile endeavor. It’s refreshed my motivation and re-affirmed my dedication to following my dream.
I understand a lot of what you may have just read relates far more to my situation than to yours, but here’s the part where I bring it all together:
First, you have to take ahold of your schedule and mold it to give yourself an advantage. There are twenty-four hours in a day, and a lot of goals you have to accomplish will take up a very large amount of that time. As a human, you only need about eight hours of sleep a night to function properly, but that won’t work if you don’t consistently get that sleep. You may say to yourself, “I need ten hours to feel well-rested, but I need more time in the day to work on assignments.” If that’s the case, spend a few nights getting caught up on your work. Give yourself a few nights of pain, but have a plan for getting yourself on a proper sleep schedule once you’re done. It’s not a healthy lifestyle. Sleep for eight or nine hours instead of ten. Do that enough, and you will feel well-rested after each night. Plus, you’ll have more time in the day to work on assignments. It’s not easy, but it is worthwhile. Also be sure to schedule time to work on an assignment way in advance of your deadline. I know you’ve probably heard that one hundreds of times, but it really works. Just… Don’t forget to schedule some breaks so you don’t drive yourself insane. Exercise is good, too.
Next, ask yourself what your goals are. They can be long-term goals, short-term goals or something in-between. For example: I want to be a successful game developer. Now, you have to figure out what it takes to get there. For me, I need to make games. As a matter of fact, making the right game and finding success with it while in college could be my ticket out of student debt. Still, it doesn’t matter if I’m part of a team or if I have a company or even if I’m doing an assignment for school. I just need to make games. Once you’ve figured out what you need to do, the next step is to figure out how. I never knew how I would make games. I had some idea of what the process may be, but I had no experience. Then, I took a class that taught me how the Unity game engine works. I made my first-ever small games. These games are accessible here, on The Brofolio. With those tiny games as portfolio pieces, I got into a system within my university that will not only allow me to make games, but to form a team and, from there, my own company so I can make money on my games. Do you see where I’m going with this?
No matter who you are, I truly believe there’s always a way to accomplish your goals. Once you have a schedule you can work with, it’s just a matter of figuring out what your goals are, what you need to do to start getting there, and how you can do that now. This quarter, I set out to be a better student. These tips will help make you a better student and even help you get a leg-up on your life goals. I hope these tips will help someone out there.
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