Hello hello hello, it’s been a while since I’ve sat down and written a blog post and I’ve been missing it lately. I always use the excuse of “classes have been so busy” or “work is crazy right now” which are both true but honestly, the root of the lack of posts have been my lack of inspiration.
When life gets busy, I ignore the side of myself that needs a creative outlet. Although it’s harder said than done, I need to reserve some time once and a while to be creative and do something that I enjoy. That’s where this post comes in!
College is a combination of stress, fun, excitement, and exhaustion but in my eyes, its all part of the experience. As a current sophomore, I’m definitely still finding my way but I have learned a few things that I wish I could have told my freshman self. That being said, here’s my letter to my college-freshman self heading away to school in the Windy City (aka Chicago).
Congrats!! You’ve made it through high school and are onto a new journey: college. I know it might seem a little daunting going to school out of state but trust me, you’ll learn so much about yourself in your first year alone that you’ll cherish every minute of college. Here are a few tips to help you through…
1. Embrace the dorm life
Yes I agree, living in a small concrete box with communal bathrooms is not ideal but it’s part of the college experience. Next year you’ll be onto a much better apartment and you’ll appreciate it that much more. Look on the bright side, at least your room is super cozy!
2. Do what makes you happy (but push yourself to try new things)
It may seem overwhelming when you first step on campus to decide to join certain clubs or organizations but don’t give up all together. It’s okay to sign up for a bunch the first week and then go to a variety of meetings and see which group(s) you feel the most excited about joining. Give everything a chance but don’t stay with it if it doesn’t make you happy.
3. It’s okay to do things alone
Don’t feel like you always have to be with people to go places (trust me, the introvert in you will be exhausted). If you want to try that new coffeeshop or explore that park downtown, take yourself out on a self-care date and go alone. I promise no one around you is judging and it can be fun! The only schedule you have to be on is your own!
4. Learn to be a little spontaneous
I know you’re a planner, which is a good thing, but embrace some spontaneity. With all the stress, studying, and scheduling of school, let your free days be go-with-the-flow. It will feel so relaxing when you have no plans on a Saturday and then exciting when you end up on a random adventure downtown in the afternoon!
5. Be kind to yourself
Let yourself breathe and acknowledge when you’re overwhelmed. It can be easy to overcommit yourself but it’s okay to cancel dinner plans, skip an exercise class, etc. when you’re feeling desperate for relaxation. Remember to lean on your friends for support and kindness when you’re feeling down, a simple movie night-in and conversation can make all the difference.
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