This past Wednesday night I sat in bed with my math test review by my side, and a playlist of heartbreaking Taylor Swift songs on shuffle. It was about 3 a.m, and yes, I was trying to make myself cry. Not because i’m emotional, but because I knew none of the test material and I had to be up in 4 hours to get up, get to school, and take the test. Nothing sucks more than being a college student and knowing that you’re not doing so hot in a class, especially far into the semester. So, today I just wanted to talk about a couple of things that i’ve learned in my 10 weeks of college.
1. It’s okay to nap
Long nights of studying and having long days of classes really affect your sleep schedule. Often, us college students don’t, and can’t, get a full 8 hours of sleep. So naturally, it is okay to take short naps during the day to catch up on those lost hours. I’ve had nights where I sleep about 3 hours at night, and then take an 8 hour “nap” during the day, and that’s totally okay and normal. In fact, college students probably wouldn’t survive.
2. You’re not the only one
You’re not the only one who stays up all night, doesn’t know the material, and is struggling in their classes. This one really took me a while to understand. You look around and it seems like everyone has their stuff together, but in reality, everyone is struggling just as much as you are. Everyone has pulled an all nighter trying to cram in homework or studying. I think i’ve seen more people in the library at 2 a.m, than i’ve seen people on campus during the day. One of my favorite things is to hear that someone else is struggling in the same classes that I am; this brings me so much comfort.
3. Treat yourself
In college, we tend to get caught up in schoolwork, so it’s very important to treat yourself once in a while. What I like to do is, if I finish all of my homework, for the week, ill reward myself with sushi, or going out, on the weekend. So basically, having fun on the weekend is my reward for a long week.
4. Use your money wisely
This one is VERY important. It’s hard to manage your times wisely in college, and something a job can feel like too much to handle. Those of us who don’t have jobs rely on the money that our parents send us every once in a while, which usually isn’t much. Being a broke college student really does suck. I could probably write a whole book on how money management is really important in college, but for the sake of time, just know to use your money wisely!!!!
5. Don’t hesitate to say no
It’s okay to say no. I have a really big problem: FOMO (fear of missing out). This is a legit problem that has really had a negative impact on me. If someone asks me to go out, I don’t think twice before saying yes. I know that I have homework and that I should stay in, but fomo really gets the best of me.
6. Freshman 15 doesn’t have to happen to you
This one is really important. Many freshman come into college thinking that they will gain the “freshman 15.” This doesn’t have to be the case. I have lost weight, if anything. Sometimes my busy schedule gets the best of me, and I forget to eat; this is one reason why “freshman 15” probably won’t happen. Also, if you’re motivated enough, you’ll find the rec to become one of your best friends. If you find an hour, every day, to dedicate to the rec, you can kiss those 15 pound rumors goodbye!!
7. You’re going to meet your best friend
Thanks to social media, I came into college knowing a pretty decent amount of people. However, I never imagines that one of those people would become my best friends so fast. Friendship isn’t measured based on time, and college friendships prove just that. I met my best friend in these few short week. No one has ever related to me so much, and no one has ever has a personality as close to mine as me.
8. Only skip class if you’re near death
Lastly, i’ve learned NOT TO SKIP CLASS. This is important especially toward the beginning of the semester. Attendance in college can be pretty strict, so don’t use every single absence. You’ll regret it weeks later when you’re sick and don’t have anymore absences. attendance is also usually a grade or extra credit. So remember that the next time that you’re “too tired” to attend class.
See y’all in my next post,