By: Guest On: August 29, 2011 In: Academics, Student Life Comments: 0

Today’s post is by Brady Griffith, a Crown College grad who writes for The National Society of Collegiate Scholars’ blog, TalkNerdy2Me.

It takes hard work and perseverance to be a high-achieving college student in today’s university atmosphere. Distractions are plentiful, so it takes diligence and discernment to focus on the task at hand … our education.

The majority of college students are involved in a plethora of organizations and activities, so time management may be the single most important lesson I have learned as a student. With proper time management comes a balanced lifestyle.

To try to foster this way of life, I have noted the hours throughout my week spent with God, friends, my books and sports. Like pillars, if any of these foundational components are out of balance, my life will be also.

This is a continual process for me, and one that has greatly enriched and benefited my undergrad experience. This balance also prevents my perhaps stressful academic load from dictating how I interact with people.

If you’re like me, you always have something to do or somewhere to be. I have found that the busy-ness of college life can often hinder meaningful relationships with people. Whether it’s a brief conversation in the hall or intentionally seeking out someone who just needs to talk, our schedules can often end up taking precedence.

Ultimately, however, I have learned that the meeting I need to go to or the class I have next should wait if another fellow brother needs encouragement or a meaningful conversation. While this may seem contradictory to the world’s way of success, developing a genuine concern for other people and putting them before yourself will be of value in any career.

It certainly is important to do excellent work in the classroom, but I truly believe it is only one component. A 4.0 student with a limited demonstration of empathy for others will almost certainly have difficulty finding a job.

The point I’m trying to make is that being a high-achieving college student does not just mean having good grades. While this is an integral part to how employers measure success, well-rounded individuals who intentionally seek to foster an attitude of compassion will benefit not only in the job market but in their marriages, parenting and friendships.

I believe success lies not so much in the accumulation of wealth, but in the relationships in which we choose to invest. Would you rather leave a legacy of dollar signs or be known as someone who genuinely cared? The pressures we as students face often point us to money. However, I believe if we focused more on our own development of character and integrity, we truly would be high achievers.


About Brady Griffith: Brady is a senior at Crown College in Minnesota majoring in biology and Christian studies with a minor in chemistry and is a regular contributor to the NSCS blog, TalkNerdy2Me. In his free time, he loves to be out on Minnesota lakes and spending time with family and friends.

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