since you've gone through university and are still alive... do you have any advice on how to survive? ❤️
College is stressful, period. Even if you’re going to college for something you love and want to do for the rest of your life. I was a theatre major and while I was having an amazing time at college, I was also stressed out of my mind because, hey, college is hard.
I’ll also say that college isn’t for everyone. Some people don’t think it’s worth it, some people just don’t want to, and some people try and find that they hate it, and that’s ok. Knowing you don’t have to go to college is something to keep in mind (people will try to tell you otherwise but really it’s ok to not want to go to college or to drop out).
From my college experience, surviving is having to be a grown up and put on your big person pants and do the work and put the time in to what you’re doing.
List wise, here are some tips on what helped me through. (This is coming from someone graduated with a 3.95 GPA, was on the Dean’s list all throughout University and was part of a National Honor’s Society. Ok, yeah that was bragging…sorry.)
1.Sleep: I know it sounds basic, but seriously you forget to sleep sometimes, being so stressed about a test or a deadline etc. I know that getting at least 6 hours of sleep if I could made the learning and studying easier the next day, and I didn’t feel like I was going to die.
2. Ask Questions: Seriously, you’re paying a shit ton of money for college, so ask some fucking questions. If you don’t understand something, then ask. I know it can be hard, especially if you have anxiety like me, but asking questions of your professors is ok. It’s their job and you’re paying to be there. So ask away, it will help amazingly in the long run.
3. Build Relationships: Whether it be acquaintances in class you can work with or friends and even your professors, building those relationships will help you get through. Having friends to help you de-stress and having a good relationship with your professors so you can build connections as well as be more comfortable in their class can make life easier to manage.
4. KNOW YOUR DEADLINES: Seriously. This is big. If you know all of your deadlines and act accordingly, you’ll be WAY less stressed. Have a deadline specific Calendar if you need it. Balance your time so you know you can get your deadlines finished. (Again, coming from a guy who had a LOT of extra curricular work outside of class to worry about.)
5. Take a Day: I know taking a day off when you’re sick or need a mental health day can be scary because classes can be so infrequent and you can lose time, but trying to go to class if you’re feeling super terrible isn’t good. It’s not productive to learning and it’s not going to be helpful. So take a day if you need it. (This is where having a good relationship with professors and people in class can help so you can ask for the notes/lecture when you need it)
And try to have fun! I know that can lead down a treacherous road real fast, but there’s a balance between being a student, and being a young adult. You can still have fun and do well in college, I did.
Wow, nice rambling me, but I hope this helps!