Surviving College

By: Ebonee Burrell | Editor in Chief

OPINION

With no doubt about it, college is hard. But did anyone actually say it was going to be easy? Spring semester is in full swing and there is hope for a lot of new beginnings coming with it. With a new year, a new decade, new goals and new opportunities there is so much to look forward to in 2020. However, there are also obstacles to dodge to be sure you have the best college experience. I’m making this post to share 5 tips on how to survive college.

  1. Eat. 

It does not matter how many assignments you have to submit that day, if you are hungry go eat. Even if you’re not that hungry but haven’t eaten anything all day it is still important to eat. Skipping meals can mentally, physically and emotionally affect you in the long run. Do not ever allow yourself to become too busy to where you have to skip a meal. If money is a problem, then budget and meal prep. We all have been there. 

2. Sleep.

Make sure you get enough rest for the next day ahead. Staying up all night to meet an assignment before the deadline is unacceptable when it causes you to miss sleep. Plan better. Stop procrastinating and just do the assignment when you get any free time because you are clearly not doing anything else. The amount of rest you get before your day starts really determines your mood, attitude, and behavior. So please, just go to sleep.

3. Go to class.

Universities charge an arm and a leg to get an education. Why on earth would you skip class to deal with anything less important than getting a degree? We understand that things happen, but when the decision is based on either going to class or going to the movies, just go to class. You don’t have to be anywhere else during that time but in your classroom.

4. Have fun but know your limits. 

As a college student, it is important to make the most of everything that is offered. It is the milestone in life you will never forget, so take advantage of every moment, but know your limits. This is not a reference to being committed to 5+ organizations along with taking 15 credit hours and working a part-time job. Don’t become overwhelmed with a ton of work. Always know when it’s time to stop and take care of things. Enjoy college, of course, have fun, go to that party, become president of that organization but know when enough is enough for physically, mentally and emotionally.

5. Self-care. 

The importance of self-care is extremely vital to every living person. It is making sure you have leisure time and not continuously jamming the brain with things to do. It is absolutely fine to take a break and go to the beach or bowling with some friends even though you have unfinished assignments. Get to them later, just don’t forget about them. Managing your time and staying organized helps a lot with allowing you to take care of yourself and still be an excelling college student.

Just a little wise words from me to you. I hope I was able to enlighten you on some tips on how to survive college. Just remember: if you feel like you have reached rock bottom, the only other way to go is up.