There are many ways you can experience college. For most, it’s a time to learn and further your education as you plan for your career, however, you shouldn’t spend your college years or youth locked away in your dorm room or sat in the library for hours on end. Your grades matter, and you may love nothing more than learning about your chosen subject, but you need to find a balance and experience the true essence of college.
Do not over-study, but also do not go out and drink to excess every night. Attend parties, meet new people, eat like a student and live in dorms with friends. Here’s how you can be the ultimate student and be happier for it.
Where you live and spend your time is one the best parts of college. Being in a dorm, whether it’s your own or shared, allows for socialization and making new, long-lasting friends. It’s also your own space, where your family isn’t present.
Spend time, money and energy turning your dorm into a home. You’re going to be living there for at least a year, so curate it to your tastes. If you’re into movies and music, find an online poster maker and print out your favorite bands or movie posters to have hanging on your walls. Personalize your space with photos of your friends and family, and choose the bedding you want. Fairy lights are a nice touch, as is displaying any trophies from your youth.
Whenever you get an invite to a party, unless there’s a real reason you cannot attend, make sure you go. If it’s your first year at college, you need to get out there and make as many friends as possible. Although it can be intimidating, you need to remember that everyone else is in the same boat.
Meet new people, be accommodating, and make sure to meet up with people you like again. If you’re confident enough, then throw your own party and invite people you like and ask them to bring others along. Your social life is just as important as your studies; in fact, dedicating all your time to grades and not being sociable can be detrimental to your health.
Find Your Rhythm
Moving to a new place without your friends and family can cause disarray. You’ll feel lost and out of control at times, but make sure you find your rhythm. You’ll need to be organized with your studies and social life, so investing in a calendar will ensure you don’t miss out on anything important.
In the first few weeks of college experiment with order. If the majority of your lectures are mid-morning and you have extra-curricular activities in the afternoon, but you enjoy heading to the gym, then experiment with an early morning or evening workout. If an evening gym session means you miss out your social life or you’re too tired, then you’ll know to head to the gym at the start of the day.
You may miss the occasional lecture, but make sure you take your studies seriously. After all, you’re spending a lot of time and money on your education, and for many professions a good degree is the only way to start your career. Study well, and study hard. Read your material, study for your exams and enjoy the subjects you’ve picked – you’ve picked them, and this college, for a reason!