To sum up college in one word, I like to use the word transitional. You transition from living at home to living in a completely new world, transition as you meet new people, creating new friendships, and perhaps losing old ones, and most importantly, you transition as an individual as you strive to find what lies ahead of you in the adult world.
As a college sophomore myself, this concept scares me. Constantly, I am bombarded with questions from family members about future career goals, extracurricular activities I’m involved in and why I haven’t found that “special someone” yet. However, I have come to terms with the fact that while I am extremely driven towards fulfilling my goals, I need to stop every once and a while and focus on myself, specifically what makes me happy. Living a healthy lifestyle does not have to pertain to your diet. It also involves dealing with stress, time management, and creating memories during this transitional phase that you will always look back on. I do not, by any means, consider myself an adult yet, but I do know that with the mindset I have now, adulthood does not seem too scary to me anymore.
- Plan your days the night before (Including meal times)
I love going to bed knowing what I have to look forward to the next day. By planning ahead, you can make sure that you don’t slack and accomplish everything you hope to. To keep track, I keep a checklist of these tasks on the sticky notes application on the desktop of my computer. Each time I open it, whether in class, to do work, or relax and watch Netflix, I can always be reminded if there is (or isn’t) anything left to do during the day.
- Exercise to relieve stress
I love to exercise as much as possible, not just to stay in shape, but also to relieve any stress that arises throughout the day. Sometimes, I use this technique to get out energy following a hard exam or tough day of classes. Other times, I find that it just makes me feel better when I have nothing else to do.
- Do work ahead of time if you know you have a fun weekend ahead of you
Procrastinating is hard to avoid, especially in college when you realize you have so much more time to do work. However, if you have a fun weekend planned, utilize time during the week to complete as much as possible. By doing so, you can go out without having the thought of studying or homework hanging over your head.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff
As I mentioned before, college is transitional and you LEARN from your experiences. As I have gone through the past year and a half, I have learned how to properly manage my time and most importantly, that one small grade won’t destroy your entire future. It may not be easy to move past, but I promise success will come even if you got a D on your first economics exam. Problems also may develop amongst friends here and there, yet things will work out as time progresses. Put effort into friendships that you feel are worth fighting for, and everything will fall into place. There are always going to be small glitches throughout life, and you possess the power to overcome them.
- Take breaks from work to relax
Do not feel like you need to be doing something all the time. If you have some down time, utilize it. You work hard and deserve a break! Use this time to catch up on social media or your favorite show.
- Get a good night sleep
Not only is sleep beneficial to your physical health, but it also improves your mental health and overall quality of life. Waking up in the morning for class won’t be as hard, and you’ll have a prolonged high-energy level to help get you through the day.
- Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone
College is about starting over and trying new things. Don’t be afraid to walk up to that boy at the party, try a new yoga class, or write for the campus fashion magazine. You never want to look back on a moment and say, “I wish I did that.” The time to try is now, and I promise you, you won’t regret it.
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