College Journals: 3 Reasons Why Every Student Should Keep One

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College Journals: 3 Reasons Why Every Student Should Keep One

Let’s face it: There’s no shortage of writing assignments in college.

From lab reports to term papers, it seems that there are always at least a few paragraphs that you should be writing down.

In light of all that schoolwork, you might not be too anxious to take on another writing challenge. However, journaling is an exercise worth your time and energy. Recording your thoughts and experiences in a journal can help you find success while pursuing your college degree and beyond.

1. Helps You Achieve Short and Long Term Goals

Although you’re welcome to journal about your current activities and endeavors, one of the best things that you can commit to paper is a list of goals.

Whether they’re goals that you want to accomplish this semester, by graduation, or at some point in your career, there’s something about writing that helps move your goals from an abstract concept to a concrete plan.

College student writing in a journal

In fact, according to scientific studies, committing your goals to paper is valuable because it helps you file them in your long-term memory. When your goals are firmly planted in your brain, you think about them — and ways to accomplish them — on a regular basis.

For the best results, write your goals again and again. In addition, brainstorm ways to move yourself closer to accomplishing your plans, and journal about the steps toward success that you are taking. Writing down each accomplishment as you go feels great and can motivate you to keep going.

2. Improves Your Communication Skills

You already know that writing assignments abound in college. The better you are at writing, the easier you’ll find the work. Plus, your grades may improve as you become a more skilled writer.

Group of students studying

The best way to get better at writing is simply to write.

Journaling provides an unrestricted environment in which you can play with words, experiment with sentence structure, and practice expressing your thoughts and feelings. In fact, you may find that journaling not only helps to bolster your writing skills, but your speaking abilities as well.

3. Keeps You Organized

Going to college can be overwhelming. Tests, papers and classes can pile up quickly, and if you’re not organized, you may start to feel like you’re drowning in work.

College student staying organized

Journaling provides a way not just to stay afloat, but to thrive in college.

In your journal, you can keep a record of what you’ve accomplished so far and what you need to do in the coming days and weeks. Hopefully, you’ll no longer feel the need to lie awake at night reciting lists of upcoming tasks. Not only will you get better rest, but you’ll feel a touch of satisfaction every time you cross an item off your list.

How you journal during your college years is up to you.

You could organize your thoughts by date, subject or another classification system of your choosing. But now matter how you decide to go about it, you’ll find that intentional journaling can help you succeed in school and life.

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