How to Stay Sane in College

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College is a very challenging time. Moving away from your parents and your friends for the first time is never easy. However, this is also supposed to be one of the most fun times of your life. Here are five tips for you to make the best out of the first few weeks of college and hopefully lay the foundation for a great college experience.

Tip #1: Make Friends: this seems like a very bold tip to just throw out there but trust me; even a few good friends can make all the difference in your college experience. During freshman orientation is a great time to make friends with people who are in the same boat as you and who probably have a lot in common with you. Put yourself out there. Attend the events that the university organises for freshmen and introduce yourself to people. Your residence hall is also a good place to meet people. If you have a floor lounge, hang out in there for a little while and say hi to people. Also, find out about clubs and organisations on campus. This brings me to the next point

Tip #2: Get involved: This is a great way for getting to know people on campus who share the same interests as you. It’s also a great way to make friends with upperclassmen who have more experience at the school and can help you with all sorts of things, including telling you which professors to take and which to avoid. You’ll also have the inside track on all the events that your groups organise (read: parties)

Tip #3: Express: You are going to be having a lot of emotions about this time in your life which is perfectly normal. Make sure that you have an outlet for these feelings, whether its writing in a journal, talking to your sister or kickboxing. Deal with the sadness and homesickness but don’t let them be the centre of your first few weeks at college. Finish dealing with them, then go out and do something fun, or just get some ice cream with your friends.

Tip #4: Stay healthy: Make sure you eat right and get plenty of sleep every night. If your body is in top form, your mind will be too. Its that simple.

College is a very challenging time. Moving away from your parents and your friends for the first time is never easy. However, this is also supposed to be one of the most fun times of your life. Here are five tips for you to make the best put of the first few weeks of college and hopefully lay the foundation for a great college experience.

Tip #1: Make Friends: this seems like a very bold tip to just throw out there but trust me; even a few good friends can make all the difference in your college experience. During freshman orientation is a great time to make friends with people who are in the same boat as you and who probably have a lot in common with you. Put yourself out there. Attend the events that the university organises for freshmen and introduce yourself to people. Your residence hall is also a good place to meet people. If you have a floor lounge, hang out in there for a little while and say hi to people. Also, find out about clubs and organisations on campus. This brings me to the next point

Tip #2: Get involved: This is a great way for getting to know people on campus who share the same interests as you. It’s also a great way to make friends with upperclassmen who have more experience at the school and can help you with all sorts of things, including telling you which professors to take and which to avoid. You’ll also have the inside track on all the events that your groups organise (read: parties)

Tip #3: Express: You are going to be having a lot of emotions about this time in your life which is perfectly normal. Make sure that you have an outlet for these feelings, whether its writing in a journal, talking to your sister or kickboxing. Deal with the sadness and homesickness but don’t let them be the centre of your first few weeks at college. Finish dealing with them, then go out and do something fun, or just get some ice cream with your friends.

Tip #4: Stay healthy: Make sure you eat right and get plenty of sleep every night. If your body is in top form, your mind will be too. Its that simple.

Tip #5: Take time for yourself: Give yourself time to process what’s going on around you. Even if you’re the type of person that is always surrounded by a loud group, take some time to just go for a walk and have some quiet time to think about what’s been happening in your life. Its very helpful.

I wish you the very best of luck as you start this new chapter in your life.

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