Distraction is anything put together to make you lose focus of your primary aim of doing a particular thing. Now, your primary aim on campus is to obtain a degree, a post degree or any other educational certificate. These will need your full concentration. It will need your devotion, diligence and hard work. Nevertheless, there are some things that are likely to potentially distract your attention. You must not allow them or else your mind will be divided. Things like accommodation, pesky roommates, feeding, socials, and peer influence just to mention a few will tend to distract you if you are not careful. I classify distractions into two: the productive and the unproductive. The productive distractions are those that though not having anything to do with your primary aim of being on campus will do a lot to increase your potentials and make you versatile. An example is learning a skill (or trade). Productive distractions can’t be completely ignored while some like fending for your basic needs on campus have to be some of the distractions you have to attend to. The unproductive distractions are those activities that put together wastes your time and energy and at the end of the day bring regret. An example is gossiping with friends when you are supposed to be in the lecture room. Let us put to mind some of the efforts we can make to make coping with distractions easier:
Know that distractions are inevitable. You can’t do without some side attractions on campus; the way you handle them is what matters. You can’t expect to gain admission into an educational area of learning and not get distracted by some of your friends’ urge to go to a party: may even be a descent one depending on the kind of friends you move with. Measuring up to the standard of your peers may pose to be a distraction for some people. There are a lot more forms of distractions a student has to know how to cope with in order to survive on campus. Strong determination and will will also do a lot to help you cope with distractions on campus. Knowing what you are set to achieve on campus and going miles to make sure they are achieved and achieved well will leave no time for attending to distractions especially the unproductive ones. Setting long term and short term goals. These will help you to keep your educational performance in track. Setting short term goals (within a period of one to three months) will particularly help to personally access and make you track down your lapses. This will expose unknowing possible distractions to you and steps you will have to take to eliminate them completely before continuing in your journey to achieving your primary goal. Another is watching the type people you move with. Your friends and people you are close with have a lot to do in your distraction life on campus. If you move with people with positive attitudes who also share many thoughts with you, they will also want the best for you and will help you in minimizing their contribution to distraction
I think I have gone a very long way to let you know that you cannot do without distractions on campus; knowing how to cope with them and actually coping with it is what will save you from the lion’s den.