After a hectic finals week, my freshman year of college has finally come to an end. Let me just say, it went very fast. Eight months ago I moved in to my tiny dorm room and now in three months I’m moving into my apartment. From living the dorm lifestyle to exploring campus, joining organizations, and trying to make friends, I feel that I have grown so much as an individual. With that being said, there are many things I have learned, not only about myself but about other people, what environment I work best in, and how to be independent.
After reflecting a bit on the past year, here are 5 things I wish I knew before my freshman year of college.
- It’s okay to spend time alone.
One thing I’ve learned to cherish is alone time. Personally, I think it is really important that someone is able to spend time alone and not feel the need to constantly be surrounded by friends or groups of people. Friends are great, but make sure to take some time to go explore by yourself. It can be intimidating, but don’t be scared to go to a coffee shop, grocery shopping, or out to eat by yourself!
2. Take as many naps as you’d like.
Let me just start by saying naps are great. I don’t want to say I’ve spent a majority of my time in college napping, but I have definitely had my fare share of naps. Naps are a great way to get re-energized and reset your brain. In my opinion, it is best to limit naps to 30-45 minutes. Don’t be afraid to take sometime to refresh and recharge!
3. Take care of yourself.
This is a habit that can be hard to maintain or implement. College is a time to have fun and get pizza at 2AM, but just remember everything is okay in moderation! Take advantage of the recreation center on campus or get some friends together to go on a walk or run. Working out or staying fit doesn’t have to be intense, it can be fun!
4. Call your parents at least once a week.
Not going to lie, I talked to my mom probably 4 times a week, if not everyday during the school year. Parents like to hear about what your doing and how classes are going. Since my campus is big, I usually make it a habit of calling my parents while I am walking. Make sure you keep them in mind!
5. “Treat yo self” (as Tom Haverford says).
Lastly, while taking care of yourself is very important, make sure to reward yourself once in a while with pizza, ice cream, or that fancy coffee beverage. After a hard exam or an intense study session, having something to look forward to can be motivating!
Thanks for reading! Hopefully these tips are relevant not only for students, but in everyday life. Stay tuned for more inspiration boards, DIY projects, and apartment decor!