When you’re in college, you are an adult. That’s why it’s so important to learn how to be responsible for yourself long before you ever set foot on a college campus. If you feel like you need to boost your responsibility, here are some excellent methods.
#1 Get a Job
If you’ve never had a real job before, there’s no time like the present. Even a part-time after-school position can help you learn to be responsible for yourself and your actions.
If you already have a job, put your back into it. Challenge yourself to own your mistakes, learn more, ask questions, and be the best employee you can.
#2 Reflect Daily
Keep a journal and write a daily reflection about your actions. After a few weeks, go back and read your thoughts and circle the number of times you blamed a problem on someone else in red. Then circle the number of times you owned up to your mistakes in blue. As you progress, make it your goal to have more blue circles than red circles every week.
The point of this exercise is to show you how often you make yourself accountable for your mistakes and problems. A responsible person is more likely to own their issues and works toward fixing them.
#4 Get Organized
Clean your room, keep a calendar, and set up reminders for your appointments on your phone. Be responsible for your world by knowing where you’ve put your things, remembering where you need to be and when, and what you need to be doing. In college, your parents won’t be able to keep track of all your events, due dates, and commitments, it all falls on you. Get good at it now.
#5 Practice Honesty
Lying to get out of sticky situations is an irresponsible habit that can come back to bite you in the butt. However, being honest is a responsible habit that is harder in the short term but much better in the long run. Practice being honest with yourself, with your boss, with your teachers, and with your family, and with your friends. Don’t be cruel about it, but do your best, to tell the truth in the kindest way you know how.
Being a college student means you have to be responsible, and it’s sink or swim. Cultivating responsibility in yourself before you get to college will make your life much more comfortable and your experience much more successful. It takes time, but it’s well worth your efforts in the end.