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College, or University, based on where you
live in the world, can be some of the best years of your life. Newfound freedom, self-expression, and personal
growth are some of the things you have to look forward to. But most college students commit a slew of
common mistakes that prove detrimental to their long term success and wellbeing. Here are ten common college student mistakes
to avoid. Dr. Jubbal, MedSchoolInsiders.com. Number one, assuming university is like high school. If you think your high school AP classes prepared
you for college, you’re going to have a bad time. To be frank, you skating your way through
high school and getting straight A’s isn’t really anything special. A surprising number of students were able
to do exactly that, but a surprisingly small number of students are able to maintain those
straight A’s in college. I’ve gone over how to study effectively
and and live life more efficiently in previous videos. These videos are both jam packed with high
yield information that I learned over years of optimizing my own systems both in college and in
medical school. If you practice the advice from these two
videos, you’ll be far ahead of most of your classmates. College is a different environment from high
school, and as a result it requires an entirely different system to handle effectively. Which brings us to mistake number two – failing to question your systems. Students often fall into the trap of thinking
that because a way of doing something worked for them in the past, it should continue to
work for them in the future. While the study strategies and tools I teach
on this channel will take you far, a certain element of thinking for yourself must come
into play. What works for one person may not work for
another, and vice versa. For example, some students attend class religiously,
and others prefer to skip class. And skipping class isn’t always a bad thing,
and for some students, it may even facilitate them getting better grades. But you have to be honest with yourself. If you have the discipline to watch podcasts
of your lectures without falling behind, then the benefits of skipping class may outweigh the
drawbacks. On the other hand, if you know it’ll be
easier for you to pay attention, take notes, and stay on track in class versus on your
own, then prioritize being there in person. There are several other factors to keep in
mind – what time is the lecture? Is it possible for you to be alert and pay
attention or are you easily distracted in this class? Do you vibe well with the professor, or are
you better off learning from the book? This sort of critical thinking and self experimentation
is key not only for your success in college, but even more so in medical school and beyond
as a future physician. Don’t blindly follow advice from anyone
– myself included. Always question what you’re being told and
even question what you yourself are thinking. Number three, the “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” mentality. I used to be guilty of this one too. While I may not have grown up much since those
days, I’ve at least outgrown this idiotic mindset. For a multitude of reasons, students brag
about their sleep deprivation, wearing it like a badge of honor. The reality is that adequate sleep is necessary
to perform optimally, and no, you’re not an exception to that rule. The top performers in the world don’t willingly
deprive themselves of sleep, so why should you? In fact, if you’re consistently not getting
enough sleep, it says less about your dedication or work ethic, and more about your poor time
management skills. You’re busy. I get it. We all are. In residency, I was working 80 hour work weeks
in the hospital and operating room, studying for my cases and boards, preparing plastic
surgery presentations, and working on two businesses all at the same time, while still
getting more sleep than many college students. It wasn’t easy, but by ruthlessly optimizing
how I spent my time, I was able to get more done than I ever thought possible. The first step is prioritizing sleep just
as you would prioritize anything else that is important in your life. I have an entire sleep playlist that covers
everything you need to know to sleep like a pro. Number four, not budgeting. As a college student, this is your first time
living on your own. With that added fun and freedom comes added
responsibility, and a big part of adulting 101 is getting a handle on your finances. Unfortunately, the education system in the
United States does not place enough emphasis on financial literacy and competence. It’s really quite simple, but often misunderstood. For example, you should never be carrying
a balance on your credit cards, but many people still do. I’m not from a financially privileged background,
so along the way I learned some hacks to get by with less. For example, through taking advantage of credit
card rewards, I have flown to over 3 dozen cities in the past few years for free. If you want to see me make a video about how
to optimize credit card rewards so that you can do the same, let me know with a comment
down below. For now, establish your financial fundamentals. That means budgeting and using an app like
YNAB or my personal favorite, Mint. Practice restraint and prioritize your spending. I’m not saying you should never blow money
on a trip to Six Flags or Disneyland, but such expenses should be very infrequent and
accounted for in your monthly budget. Number five, not practicing restraint on social media. Social media is an amazing tool. I love YouTube, Instagram, and other social
media platforms. They’ve allowed me to build a business,
connect with fans, and meet some really amazing people. But with any tool, there’s a way to use
it and a way to misuse it. The internet doesn’t forget. When you post something on social media, understand
that it’s in the public domain. I’m not saying whether or not you should
do massive bong rips and keg stands on Friday night after finals, but those photos and videos
definitely should not end up on social media. If you insist that they do, at least be diligent
about restricting your account access to the public and making your profiles private. You’d be surprised how many medical school
and residency applicants have questionable content on their social media accounts. Programs do their homework on you, and the
last thing you want is them questioning your judgment. Number six, poor stress management. Stress is a natural part of life. Unfortunately, pre-meds seem to be particularly
prone to high levels of it, in most part due to their own neuroticism. I was one of those premeds that put unrealistic
pressure on myself and had exceedingly high expectations. My mom actually bought me this stress reduction
workbook while I was a college student, soon after getting Crohn’s disease, an autoimmune
digestive condition that is exacerbated by stress. The fear of facing significant and immediate
health consequences was an incredibly powerful motivator to help me get my act together and
better manage my stress. Over the years, I’ve come to appreciate
the power of mindfulness meditation, stretching, and exercise. Stress ultimately comes from unhelpful self
talk and negatively framed perceptions of your world. I’ve gone over how to reframe these challenges
in my recent Stoicism for Students video. But being able to reframe this self talk first
requires a greater awareness of the voice that is constantly chattering away in your
head. You may be thinking “what voice in my head!?” That’s the one. Mindfulness meditation frees you from the
suffering that is inevitable from these automatic thoughts controlling your life. I’ve gone over the scientific evidence behind
mindfulness and how to practice it in a previous video. In addition to meditation, stretching, weights,
and cycling have helped me, but experiment for yourself to see how you can best dissipate
stress. These activities are helpful tools, but at
a foundational level, adopting habits and mindsets to reframe your challenges will likely
prove most beneficial. Number 7, Not Picking Your Friends Wisely As they
say, you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with. There’s nothing magical about the number
five – the rule is that the more time you spend with someone, the more that person,
and their lifestyle and habits, will influence you as well. Think of yourself as being a weighted average
of all the people you associate with. For that reason, I always strive to spend time with people
that I feel are better than me in at least one or more ways. I want to always be learning and improving
myself. In college, I suggest you befriend those who
are doing well in class, who also have healthy social lives, and are able to take care of
their health – both with exercise and nutrition. Getting these foundations dialed in is the
first step. From this solid foundation, you can optimize
your performance in school, set yourself up for a successful career after college, and
push your own limits both personally and professionally. Number 8, not studying like a medical student. If I could go back in time, I wish I could
teach myself day one in college how to study better. I used to take notes in the PowerPoint comments
section, passively read my notes multiple times sequentially, and never made use of
condensed notes or flashcards. Medical students are known for having to learn
an immense quantity of information in an insanely short period of time. For that reason, we can look to the habits
and strategies that successful medical students use to improve our own performance in college. Some of the fundamentals include active learning strategies, the pomodoro technique, and Anki and other
spaced repetition software, to name a few. Learning how to learn is one of the ultimate
meta skills, as it will make everything you do moving forward that much easier. That means organic chemistry and anatomy become
easier, and studying for things like the MCAT and USMLE Step 1 feel less like pulling teeth,
and more like rewarding opportunities. You may even enjoy it. I’ve gone over the study strategies I personally
used to achieve a 99.9th percentile score on the MCAT and stellar results at a top medical
school in a previous video. Link in the description below. Number 9, succumbing to procrastination. If you’re human, chances are you’ve at
some point in your life had issues with procrastinating. Procrastination is a common occurrence. But you don’t need me to tell you why this
is an unhealthy habit that will limit your potential as a student. The first step is overcoming the mindset that
you’re doomed to procrastinate all your life or thinking that it’s just inherent
to your personality. I used to procrastinate myself, but now it’s
not really an issue. I’m now almost religious in how I use my
calendar and to-do list manager. But it wasn’t always like that. It took several steps and other techniques
to get to this point. If you want to learn how to overcome your
own procrastination once and for all, I have two videos for you. The first is how to study when you don’t
feel like it, and the second is 7 steps to cure procrastination. Link in the description below. The last and final mistake is that college
students too commonly fail to plan for the long term. As a pre-med, focusing on doing well in classes
is essential, but that’s only the first step. You need to be crushing your classes while
concurrently planning a timeline to incorporate research, extracurriculars, leadership activities,
and other things to make you a well rounded applicant. That being said, don’t fall into the trap
of a checklist mentality. A narrative-based application will take you
much farther come medical school application season. I’m the first physician in my family, and
I understand how hard it can be to know where to start and how to plan appropriately. There are simply so many things to be worrying
about at any one time. For that reason, my team and I have created
the Pre-med Roadmap to Medical School Acceptance Course. This is the roadmap we wish we had when we
were pre-med students, as it would have saved us from making several mistakes. The course includes templates, videos, and
access to our private Facebook Mastermind group. As if that weren’t enough, we’re constantly
soliciting feedback and improving the course. A complete overhaul and revamp is scheduled
for later this month. The first 25 customers to sign up will receive
25% off their purchase with coupon code ROADMAPREVAMP. Link in the description below. Thank you all so much for watching. What other college student mistakes did I
miss? Let me know with a comment down below. New videos every Saturday morning, so make
sure you’re subscribed. If you want to chat with me in real time,
hit the notification bell because I’m in the comments for the first hour after a video
uploads. Much love to you all, and I will see you guys
in that next one.

100 thoughts on “10 COLLEGE STUDENT MISTAKES to Avoid

  1. Your videos are always so helpful Dr.Jabal !! I used them through my college these past 2 years. I’m moving to a 4yr university this autumn. & I am deff re-watching ur videos to update my knowledge & implement ur information shared 💕❤️

  2. I'll be a freshman in college this upcoming fall and just registered for classes yesterday. One of them is specifically about learning how I learn, the best techniques for learning, and how to improve upon my current strategies!

  3. At my school, AP classes are said to be by some students and teachers, “Harder than college” this maybe true especially bc I’m going to a small, town school. Is this true ? (I’m studying environmental science )

  4. Depression is like ehh I don’t really wanna do this rn… or at all. Then my anxiety is like get this sh*t done now, like rn. For some people anxiety wins and for some, depression wins.

  5. Please do a credit card optimization video! I recently turned 18 and I need to start building my credit in the only way I can, and I don’t want to be in financial traps like my mother has been.

  6. I didn't even know how much I needed this video up to this moment. Thank you for always keeping it 100% and sharing your experiences with us. We really appreciate it. Some of this hit really hard and that means we're off to a good start to change them. THANK YOU!

  7. I actually did worse in high school than my first year of college. College really just takes more adaptation than people really expect. I know I felt like I didn’t know what I was doing when I first started college and I really had to redo all of my study strategies. I always attended class and made it look like I was paying attention even if I wasn’t and it helped me to finish with a 3.96 gpa for my first year. It’s doable, just prepare to adapt to the new environment.

  8. Great video as always Dr. Jubbal! Definitely agree with learning how to learn part. What are your thoughts on students just going through life by only following good advice and not figuring out things on their own though. I feel like it's so easy to get stuck in that checklist mentality and be afraid of making mistakes, such that it makes it difficult to create that narrative in a persons life without them having to figure out what things mean to them on their own.

  9. Thank you! For saying don’t take advice from me if it is not working . I used to record and take notes from them, but now I don’t and I can see that it is not working for me

  10. Thank you so much for the time and effort you take on making these videos! I was wondering if you could answer my question or make a video about the option of paying medical school by joining the US Military? I know medical school costs a lot and there’s options of loans. However, would you recommend one to rather receive a loan or try to pay for it through joining the US military? Thank you so much in advance

  11. "How To Optimize Credit Rewards" would be a fantastic video. You explain things so clearly that it just "seems natural" the way you've explained them.

  12. You guys asked for it! I'll be making the credit card optimization video, but it is better suited for the vlog channel. Make sure you're subscribed so you don't miss it! https://youtube.com/lifeofasurgeon/

  13. Please do a video of what Myers Briggs personalities seem best for what kind of doctor surgeon etc. I don’t care if it’s just an opinion

  14. Definitely do the video on the credit card rewards. Please.
    Thank you for making this channel so varied/not only focused on medical school topics.

  15. I'm a med school student and I used to be too good in high school. Now I'm depressed. Anyone else feel like that?

  16. I see a couple of people in this thread asking about how to get involved in research in undergrad. As a recent alumnus who is going into a Biomedical PhD program, here is how I would go about the process:
    1. Look up the research of the professors in that department, and even read some of their abstracts. Find a couple of profs who are doing research that you would be willing to commit hours out of your week to
    2. Email said professors, and even knock on doors. However, there is an important caveat: if you think research is anywhere like a lab class you are wrong. If a professor is going to take you on, you need to show that you can become an asset in their laboratory.
    3. Most research positions are not funded. As a result, if you don't like the lab you are working in, you can just leave. Personally, I bounced around the labs in my department until I found a solid research home. After you have established a place in a lab, then you can apply for various funding opportunities, both in your school and from outside sources.
    4. Many times, the concepts in the research are going to be way over your head. This is perfectly normal, and these will become familiar as you grow in the field. Just keep in mind the big picture application and how what you are doing is helping to answer a question.

    I hope this helps, and sorry for the novel. Those are my two cents, but I would gladly like to hear Dr. Jubbal's perspective, as well.

  17. Yikes I'm definitely going to try to work on that "I'll sleep when I'm dead" mentality because I'm almost certain that's why I got sick so much last semester :// Also I definitely want to see a video on managing finances and getting rewards!

  18. Though i love your videos, your study strategies and many other things…i felt, while watching this video, that you were just advertising your business way too much :/

  19. International student pro tip, don't buy and don't let your parents buy you a language dictionary. Waste of money and it's cumbersome and you'll never open it up to check for a word. That's what Google is for

  20. Thanks for the vid. Have you guys considered making a video on how to best succeed during your clinical rotations and obtain good letters etc, Last 2 clinical years?

  21. You mentioned that you worked 80 hours a week during Residency. I heard that there's a law in US that prohibits overworking residents. Can you please tell me which states in US has it in effect ?

  22. Budgeting is definitely an important life school but since people don’t like talking about money, it’s difficult to know what to do sometimes

  23. Doctor, you forgot about the spiritual aspect. For me, it really is the key to keep me going. And the rest follows.

  24. 1. Expecting college to be like high school: AP classes will not always prepare you for college courses.
    2. Failing to question your systems: try new study strategies.
    3. I’ll sleep when I’m dead mentality: SLEEP IS IMPORTANT!!!
    4. Not budgeting: prioritize your spending.
    5. Not practice restraint on social media: Limit your time on social media, and don’t post outrageous things on social media.
    6. Poor stress management: Take breaks and relieve stress.
    7. Not picking your friends wisely: you’re an average of the five people you hang out with the most
    8. Not studying like a medical student: (watch his video on study strategies)
    9. Succumbing to procrastination: My personal worst enemy. Watch his videos for help
    10. Poor long term planning: Focus on a narrative based application

  25. I'm not even in college anymore and those videos still teach me so much! If there's any Brazilian here, come check out my channel as well 🙂

  26. I love you so much for sharing information that you wish you had… I am still in high school, n I proscratinate n I hated that so much… you really are saving lives here….

  27. I’m a 16yrs old high school student who can’t imagine myself doing anything beside working in the medical field. Do you have any advice?

  28. Dr. Jubbal, could you possibly make a video wherein you discuss how to go about choosing what pre-med classes to take? I was almost done with a bachelors of arts in humanities before deciding late to switch my path to medical school and there is a lot of conflicting information out there. It seems like some med schools don't require any prerequisite courses, only demonstrated proficiency, while others require different sets of prerequisite courses. Does taking classes such as genetics or physiology, even if not a requirement for many schools, make you a stronger and more competitive applicant when many others applying have taken them and demonstrated proficiency and are thus prepped and ready for the first few topics covered in med school? Anything related would be much appreciated as well. Thanks for all you do! – Peter

  29. To be fair my High School is like university, or that’s what I’ve been told since I go to a college prep boarding school with college schedule and curriculum, it’s exactly like college in many aspects but at the same time it’s smart to err on the side of caution and don’t start off cocky in college and think it will be a breeze

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