LESSONS THAT COLLEGE LIFE HAS TAUGHT ME (so far)
So I’ve been a college student for about a year now (3 more years to go!). Despite all the ‘majestic’ and ‘amazing’ stuff that college showcases–parties, gimiks and free time–college is still college. Hard and torturous. I know that some of you might think that college is fun because your schedule would have a lot of free hours, I thought so too. But, it really is SUPER HARD. Here are some of the lessons that I’ve learned so far:
All-nighters are life savers
Yep! You read it right! You might think that having a lot of free time, you wouldn’t need “puyat sessions” but really, all-nighters are LIFE SAVERS. There will come a time when you’ve got loads of papers, loads of requirements, a report plus 2 exams the next day. How would you manage your time? During the day, you’ll be working on your papers and during the night, you’ll be studying.
Just last week, I haven’t had much sleep. I only slept for two hours tops because I’ve got 6 exams, a report, papers and a culminating activity to worry about. Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday were no sleep days and now when I look back I think, where have I gotten that inner strength?
There was a time when my friend Ae-na told me that she’s now getting used to sleeping late (or early because it’s already 2 a.m.) and my friend Denise is still not done with her hell week right now so therefore she’s still having all-nighters.
There will come a time when you would want to study somewhere where you can feel the “study vibes”
Staying at home or in the dorm can sometimes make you feel really lazy and normally ends up with you just reading a book, sleeping or watching TV Series (yep, Ella knows this too well). So, during one of my MANY hell weeks, I stayed in my friend Ella‘s dorm (even though it’s illegal, oopsie). We spent our night studying Math in McDonald’s. You’d be surprised how many people still study at McDonald’s up till 2 a.m. The next day, we had lunch at Jollibee (studied there for a while) then headed to Cafe Ella to study some more. Cafe Ella is a really lovely place to study because all the other people inside are either studying, working or just chilling. It’s just important to make yourself feel motivated.
Friends are love
Lost your handouts? Forgot the exam’s schedule? Having trouble with your subjects? Your friends are there to help! Being a loner in college is really not advisable (unless you’ve got superhuman memory and a really big brain). Not to sound like a user but really, your friends are there to help you all the way. Of course, don’t ask them for stuff that you can do on your own.
*Insert Denise in that instax photo*
Lutong bahay is still the best
SINIGANG, ADOBO, NILAGA, BEEF STEAK,CHICKEN CURRY…mmm. You think it’s ‘oh-so-good’ to be eating fastfood all the time? Well, guess what, it’s really not. Every week you’ll be eating the same things over and over again. Even though you think that there’s a lot of food options, you’ll still be craving for lutong bahay sometime. Also, there would come a time when you won’t know where to eat anymore. Take this time for example:
While in Vega:
J: Saan tayo kakain?
P: Kayo bahala.
All of us look around the place.
P: Kakakain ko lang jan.
Me: Nope. Jan ako nagdinner kagabi.
J: Hindi naman pwede sa KFC kasi jan tayo naglunch kahapon.
After a long time, we decide to eat in McDonald’s but there were no vacant seats.
J: Sa labas kaya tayo?
Me: Mainit eh.
Next, we go to Ryo’s. SIRA ANG AIRCON.
P: Ang init. Sa iba nalang.
AT THE END, WE DECIDED TO EAT IN JOLLIBEE.
Aaaand the cycle goes on and on.
Anyway, to the incoming freshies over there, good luck! Our zombie selves welcome you! <3