Whether it’s academic advice or something more personal, you never have to do anything on your own. If you’re really struggling with some concepts, take up a tutoring service before your next exam. If you’re having some personal issues, seek the health/wellness center on campus. Remember that there is always someone to talk to, and always someone to help you.
There is always so much to balance, but here’s the thing – it doesn’t all have to be done today. Try to get 6-7 hours of sleep a night – it’s something I’ve been trying and let me tell you, it will make you feel much better when that 8AM class comes along.
Like I said before, not everything can be done in a day. Personally, I sometimes have trouble with that concept. It’s okay, you have enough time (unless you’re a chronic procrastinator, and in that case, I can’t help you). Prioritize and pick what works best with you – this will save you so much stress. “A well-made schedule can keep you from encountering surprises,” says Florida Gulf Coast University theatre major Michael Bridges.
Living in the south, I love AC just as much as the next person. I relish it, even. But you can’t spend your entire college experience inside. Even if you take your textbooks outside, it’s still away from the little dorm cocoon you’ve created for yourself. Bring a blanket and read away, my friends. Who knows? You might even meet some new people doing the same thing!
Following that “leave your room” concept, do new things! It can be a little intimidating at times, but you never know until you try. Audition for a play, join that Ultimate Frisbee team you see around the quad – just go for it! If you don’t like it, pick something else. That’s one of the best parts of college, in all honesty – there always seems to be something for everyone!
Because friend time is the best time. Simple enough.
This is probably the most important tip. Never underestimated the rejuvenating power of taking time for yourself. That “me time” can be whatever you want it to be, but it is simply for you. Be you. Wax poetic about it, even. One way to do it, according to University of South Florida psychology major Tyler Keesecker? “Of course, spend a recommended 5-8 minutes a week looking at or listening to Justin Timberlake.”
But seriously though, take care of yourself and your surroundings. Do laundry. Stay on top of the dishes. Keep the clutter away from both your living space and your mental space – it can be a pain, but you’ll be thankful for it in the end. Or for when you can’t open your door on account of the accumulated crap.