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SH101 asked more than 2,000 students what they learned the hard way. Check out their recurring themes and highlights — so you can have it easier.

  1. Family, school, and downtime matter—a clean house does not.

  1. Seek a mentor (if you’re new); be a mentor (if you’re not)

  1. Internships will help you land a job

  1. Your school has resources you don’t know about yet.

  1. At any age, you can start again.

  1. If you’ve been out of school, take a course on writing college papers.

  1. Sleep is so worth it.

  1. It’s OK to mess up sometimes.

  1. Have one or two people who can help you put life back into perspective.

  1. A run a day is better than a cup of coffee at keeping you awake.

  1. Don’t freak out too much. We all feel the same way.

  1. If it doesn’t feel right, say something.

  1. Don’t compromise yourself to make someone else happy.

  1. Schedule everything in your calendar.

  1. Say a kind word to the people around you.

  1. Take your online class in a place outside your normal routine, like the library.

  1. Take a class that will make you happy

  1. Getting to know your advisors, professors, TAs, and librarians is an excellent time investment.

  1. Work becomes exponentially harder the longer you wait to tackle it.

  1. Read Student Health 101.

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Student Health 101 surveys, April 2015 and April 2016.