How To Almost Thrive But Definitely Survive College
I've made it much farther already than anyone would ever have thought... I'd like to thank Costco, Red Bull, and restaurants with cheap happy hours for making the last three years & my surviving GPA possible.
- •Buy basic living supplies in bulkIt may cost more at first and you may not have much storage, but in the long run it will save you so much stress and money and time you don't even know. I'm talking toilet paper, razors, printer ink, laundry supplies, dishwasher pods, toothbrushes, you name it. If you use it on a regular basis, grab your friends and take a Costco trip. Trust me, nothing sucks more than spending the last $20 in your bank account on toilet paper, contact solution, and toothbrushes. Gross. Boring.
- •Elephants may have awesome memories, but you don'tReally though. One thing all students pride themselves in is their ability to multitask. You might think you have an awesome memory, but in college if someone tells you something (anything at all) and you're distracted, or tired, or heavily caffeinated, or on some other kind of substance, or you're trying to remember something else, or whatever, you're not going to remember. Get in the practice of writing things down, whether it's just a note in your phone or on paper. You're going to forget.
- •1 planner is required, additional planners are bonus pointsIf you're not a naturally organized and anal person (like me), it can be a pain in the ass to start keeping up with a planner. First year or two of college, I still had friends who complained about not using their planners. My planner is my best friend. By the end of this year, I actually had a total of 3 going just because I was so scared of double booking my time or forgetting something. Learn how to plan. You'll need it. You might not be doing anything now, but someday you'll thank me.
- •Accept that presentations totally suck but you're going to have to do them anywayAnd guess what? You think listening to a ton of people stand up and talk about things you don't really care about is boring, and so does everyone else!! The best part about presenting in school is that probably no one actually cares and they're barely listening. Don't be so anxious. I'm naturally a shy introvert, so even speaking up in class used to give me terrible anxiety and nightmares. After a while you realize nobody really cares as long as you don't seem like an idiot. Relax.
- •Save the caffeine and unhealthy foods for laterNot just because you feel that you need to be healthier, or you're avoiding the "freshman 15". Because someday you'll need the caffeine and grease to work their magic on you. In high school, I drank 5 sodas a day and tried to transition to college just by drinking more coffee everyday. I quickly dropped that, and learned to save all caffeine for when I really needed it to be effective, like when cramming for a test or a project. Also coffee & fast food are expensive.
- •Make your bedThis seems like such a small thing and so tedious, especially if you live in a dorm or have a lofted bed or maybe you went ham on decorating and bought 50 different pillows. Making your bed in college is one of the few things that will make you feel like you have your life together, and it'll make you at least hesitate before taking that 2pm nap you really don't have time to take. Some of my best days have been when I've made my bed. Cheesy but true.
- •YOLO is still relevantCollege goes by really fast. Like insanely fast. I kinda want to cry just thinking about it. If you want to do something, do it NOW. Go abroad before your schedule gets too busy. Go out and drink 4 days a week while you're still young. Get your cartilage pierced when you're drunk. If you want to talk to someone, do it. Even if you go to a small school & know you probably have classes with them. What's the worst that can happen? Take advantage of these four years, no one will judge you.
- •Kiss whoever (whomever?) you wantWhile we're still on the social aspect of college, let's talk about this. How many other times in your life are you going to live in a community full of hot single people your age where you have limited responsibilities? Only college and someday in a retirement home (but you probably won't do a lot of kissing then). Kissing is fun, maybe you'll find someone you really like kissing. If not, it's not a big deal. Doesn't have to mean anything or go further.
- •Know your prioritiesAs you get older, you'll be put in more situations where you will have to make hard decisions. Figure out what you want in life and what relationships you value the most. Someday you're not going to have the time to get A's in all your classes, do awesome things with friends every weekend, be active in your sorority, work, and recruit for a full time job position. Know how to compromise and how to schedule your time as efficiently as possible to become the person you want to be.