5 Reader Questions! GPA Advice, Useless Classes, And Hobby Time (Ep. 25)

Reader Q&AToday I’m joined once again by my friend Martin Boehme to answer 5 reader questions!

We got a lot of great feedback on the first reader Q&A episode, and you guys have kept on emailing in questions – which means it’s time for another one.

You know, this reminds me of my favorite movie quote of all time:

“He who questions his training only trains himself to ask questions” – The Sphinx

Well, I don’t remember training you in anything, so these must be regular, normal questions instead – so no worries, unless you’re wearing watermelon on your feet.

Questions you’ll find the answers to in this episode:

  • How do you create work-life balance when you’re super busy?
  • What do you do about work-intensive classes that have nothing to do with your goals?
  • How do you gain the motivation to work on your hobbies?
  • Are you behind if you didn’t do an internship after your freshman year?
  • What are some good study strategies for students who have to keep their GPA high?

Reader Q&A episodes are done Game Grumps-style, because why not? Today we’re playing Mario Kart 8, and by “playing”, I mean “Martin is kicking my ass.”

Want to get your college questions answered on the show? Ask me anything at [email protected] – we want to hear from you! You can also subscribe to the newsletter and reply to it if you think of a question later.

Things mentioned in this episode:

Resources of the Week:

At the beginning of each episode, I briefly feature one tool I’ve found to be useful, as well as one learning resource I’ve found enlightening.

  • The Tool: Packback Books – an awesome new startup that offers $5/day rentals on digital textbooks (for those textbooks you only need once or twice)
  • The Learning Resource: Networking Fundamentals by Colin Wright – the 2nd edition of Colin’s free book on building relationships. I learned a ton from it, so check it out.

Listener Tip of the Week

This week’s listener tip comes from Matt Giovanisci, who also runs his own podcast over at Listen Money MattersThanks Matt! Check out the episode to hear his tip.

“Hey, I have a great tip too!” – you

On every episode listener tip on each episode before I dive into the main content. Want to be featured on the podcast? I’m looking for tips in each of these categories:

  • General college tips – learning, studying, productivity, etc
  • Jobs and internships
  • Money management

If you’d like your tip featured on the show, email it or tweet it to me!

Also, remember to leave your name – and if you’d like me to give a shoutout to something of yours (your website, twitter profile, etc), mention that as well.

A couple great quotes from our conversation:

“College doesn’t define you. It’s simply a thing you’re doing – and you can do other things alongside it.” | Tweet This

“The best time to learn something is the moment right before you forget it.” | Tweet This

“Shout-out to Paducah, Kentucky.” | Tweet This

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  1. Really cool, fun podcast. Thanks so much for answering my question. Really love the idea of scheduling creative dates that go beyond just “hanging out.” I think it is very important to schedule time to relax. I remember listening to an episode of yours where you talk about the “Pick Four” method, and if I recall correctly whoever you were interviewing said that one of his four goals is “take time to relax and have fun” or something along those lines. I currently use the “Three Most Important Tasks” method, which I first learned about over on Zen Habits, and I think now I’ll strive to let one of my tasks be oriented toward relaxation or recreation.

    Also, I can’t help but mention that a good percentage of my cousins on my mom’s side live in Paducah, KY. What Jeff Foxworthy has to say is pretty accurate, as I’ve been to Paducah many times. No offense taken, don’t worry. (:

    • I think that was actually Martin on the first reader Q&A episode! He was smarter about his Pick Four than I was, since I used all four goals on productive things. I got a lot done, but ended up overwhelming myself when the semester got closer to its end and classes got busier. It’s hard to fit four sessions of focused work in when you’re already working on school.

      Also, that’s that best coincidence I’ve heard in a long time. I haven’t listened to Jeff Foxworthy in years, but Paducah is an incredibly fun word to say 😛

      • Fun to say, and pretty fun to visit. Lots of fond memories of wandering through fields and climbing trees.

        I agree about the problem of only planning productive goals. Even with picking three Most Important Tasks, I still find myself stressing out about completing the goals in a given day, to the point that I’ll neglect the all important relaxation ya’ll discuss in the episode. And that’s during the summer, when my time commitments are minimal aside from an easy part time job.

        It’s a balancing act, for sure.

        Looking forward to the next episode.

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