College is crazy and stressful and full of new things, new places, and new people. I know I don’t have much experience when it comes to college, as I am just a second-semester freshman, but this week’s blog post is going to be about what I’ve learned during my 8 months so far and some advice I would give to incoming students. College is supposed to be the “best four years of your life,” and although I hope that the 60+ years I might have after I graduate are pretty great, I can already say that my time at a University has been the best time of my life thus far.
- Just do it. Although extremely overused and cliche, the well-known Nike slogan could not be truer. Do you want to meet new people? Go on a road trip for your three-day-weekend? Dye your hair at 2am? Throw a piñata off of a parking garage? See the hot-air-balloon festival in Albuquerque? Just do it, with reason. You will regret most of the things that you were too afraid of doing in the moment. Don’t let fear control you and be bold when pursuing your passions and dreams.
- Appreciate what is happening around you. The memories I have made, the people I have met and built relationships with, and the places I see myself going all make this semester so special. In any stage of your life, it is so important to remember to take a few moments each day and be thankful for what God has blessed you with. If you take everything you have around you for granted, you might just loose it all.
- Take time to relax. Although the spring semester is not over, I would already consider it the best and the busiest 5 months of my life. Between school, homework, extracurriculars, social activities, and work, my week is packed from the beginning. I barely have time to sleep, nonetheless relax. Staying positive through stressful times and surrounding yourself with like-minded and motivated people will be a game changer in your success. I can easily say that I can rely on my support system for anything and everything. You can read more about that in my last post about friendship. Even if it is 30 minutes on your bed, or a couple hours in a park on a sunny day, finding time to refresh and relax is vital to your mental health.
- You don’t have to party to have a good time. Have I been to a party? Yes, and I’m not going to pretend like I have no idea what alcohol is, but I do know that you don’t need it to have fun. The people that seek fulfillment and a good time in alcohol and partying are extremely off the mark. At least for me and how I want to live my life, nowhere in the equation for a good time does it include being inebriated.
- Be honest. Be honest with yourself, with your friends, with your professors, with everyone. I’m sure you all went to elementary school and heard at least once, “honesty is the best policy.” Take that practically childish proverb to heart and really apply it to all aspects of life. Be honest with yourself about the amount of time you need to prepare for an exam to get the grade you want. To take it a step further, be honest with yourself for when you plan on waking up and getting ready for class because you will always underestimate yourself. Being honest with yourself and your friends about your mistakes is also vital for maintaining healthy relationships. If they are your true friend, they won’t judge you. If you keep pretending like you don’t have a problem with something or if you are ignoring the facts to make yourself feel better you are going to live a very exhausting and negative life.
- Stay positive. You can get your grades up. You can get that job. You can do great things with your life even before you leave college. Living in a world of can’ts, maybes, and uncertainty is living in a world I do not want to be a part of, and neither should you. If you just know you can’t do something, change your perspective to be focused on the things you can do.
College is pretty fetch, and I hope this post gave you some insight and a closer look into my life. Thanks for reading and wreck ’em always!
Until next week,