December 13 2015

What Makes You Happy? The Ultimate Guide to Staying Happy at College By Carly Kahan

Is it the smell of Zingerman’s when you walk through the door? Or the overwhelming maize and blue you see on game day? Maybe you don’t go to the University of Michigan, but still feel the nonstop excitement for a Tuesday, Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 4.02.01 PMThursday, Friday, or Saturday night, where you can go out with your friends and not have to worry about the endless hours of work you really have. Or maybe it’s the sprint to the nearest froyo place to just relax with friends. Whatever it is that makes you happy at college, it’s worth discussing here. I find that college students are generally happy people, (yes, we do get stressed out of our minds often), but there are so many other reasons for us to stay smiling at our respective universities.

It is important to break down the numerous factors that can truly make a college student happy. In no way are these factors the only things that make a college student genuinely happy, but they are the popular ways in which smiles and laughter remain on the faces of stressed out and busy students.


The rumors are true! Food is some serious comfort for college students: whether it is stress eating in the libraryScreen Shot 2015-12-01 at 4.02.49 PM, late night eating after a crazy night out, or just eating just because, college students like to eat. To be honest, I’m pretty sure we’re not ashamed of that fact either. Have you seen the looks of college students when they are about to take that first bite of the hot pizza slice in front of them? Well, I have. (This is when you see the heart-eyed emoji truly come to life) Honestly, food has a way with people. It makes us happy, for some reason, but I’m not complaining! The reality is that colleges offer some of the best food: constantly over Instagram and other social media sources, where the food has really become famous. I know you all know what Zingerman’s @ UMich, Café Du Monde in NOLA, Ian’s Pizza from Wisco, and the many more famous foods are in college towns. Don’t be ashamed, college food can be incredible. For people ever worried about “unhealthy” eating, don’t ever question eating that last piece of cheesy bread, just do it.


Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 4.03.39 PMSomething I learned, from my own experience at college, is that the spirit and energy of a college unifies the student body together. It is incredible to see thousands and thousands of people, wearing the same colors or crazy outfits, solely because they go to the same school. The pride students take in their school is amazing and every student should appreciate the way in which their own school generates happiness through spirit. Whether your college is the typical Big 10 school with tons of spirit or the small liberal arts school known to throw crazy parties, all schools are able to join their students together in order for students to stay happy getting involved in different school activities. I’m not just talking about sport events or parties, but what about snowball fights in the quad or BBQs in the closest backyard? There are numerous ways schools can show their spirit, so next time you see an opportunity: GET INVOLVED.

Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 4.04.10 PMSUPPORT

Both food and spirit are both ways in which students can stay smiling, but the reality is that having a solid support system in college has kept me grounded here at school in the midst of the millions of other things going on. I have been lucky enough to find the most amazing friends at school already and it has not even been a full semester. Having trustworthy, fun, loyal friends makes all the difference. Yes, food is yummy. Yes, spirit is fun. But, friends are better. They are always willing to help during a time of need, celebrate during a time of achievement, and smile during a time of happiness. Our friends motivate us to keep laughing and keep us sane, when everything in the world seems to be going wrong. Both high school and college friends continue to motivate me and many others to succeed, as they really are the driving force behind our happiness.

Just remember, keep laughing 🙂 These are supposed to be the best four years of our lives, tears are allowed from time to time, but your smile should last forever.


XOXO, Carly

Read more by Carly:

No I Do NOT Know What I Want To Do With My Life

Untitled.jpgHi! I’m Carly from Westchester, New York, and currently attend the University of Michigan as a freshman. I adore jelly beans, Flywheel, soy lattes, and laughing 🙂 Dream it. Wish it. Do it.

About She's Fit to Lead

She's Fit To Lead is a community for the next leaders of our generation. We believe the simple act of connecting with one another is a critical step in building confidence and a successful future. Our community connects young women at college campuses and starting careers across the country, challenging and empowering them to unlock their true potential. ABOUT SFTL

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.