I have 2 months left as a junior at San Jose State University, and during my time in college I have cracked a few codes on how to enjoy “the college experience” to the fullest. And guess what, it has nothing to do with going to frat parties, and a lot to do with actually taking care of yourself! Honestly, figuring out this era of your life is a demanding task. Especially if you are living by yourself for the first time, and just moved away from your home town (in my case, home country). Lucky for you, I believe that I have discovered some universal truths that will make your time in college way more enjoyable!
★ First of all, college is all about creating connections. Whether that is with people in your class, your professors, or new roommates, it doesn’t matter. Believe me, when I say: talk to everyone you encounter. Introduce yourself to those around you on the first day of classes. Say hello to your professor, and tell them something about you that will make them remember you. I have found that not only does this expand your network, but it is way more fun to wake up in the morning knowing you will be sitting next to someone you know in class!
★ Work hard, but don’t overwork. What I mean with this is that a lot of people enter college thinking that if they sign up for 25 units, two internships, join 6 clubs, and run for Student Government they will live the optimal college life. This is so far from the truth. A few semesters ago I believed that “the more I do, the better”, and I ended up going to bed every night with an extremely overstimulated brain. You don’t have to do it all to be successful in college. Find a few things to get involved in, and stick to those. Depth is always better than breadth, and you will also enjoy your time in college way more.
★ Make sure your dorm or apartment feels like home. I totally ignored this my 3 first semesters of college. I believed my college experience was about being on campus, and that’s it, but I forgot how important it is to have a space where you enjoy waking up and falling asleep. I can’t stress enough about the difference it makes to love your bedroom. How you feel when you’re not in the classroom, will affect your overall performance and happiness in your classes as well. A few thing that helped me was investing in a good mattress, a duvet, pillows, and decorations in my room. This makes me actually want to relax in my room, and go to bed early (sometimes), which improves overall mental health!
At the end of the day, college is all about learning and growing. These tips would have definitely spared me from some trials and errors, so I hope they will come in handy for you as well. Let me know if you want a part 2, or if you would like to chat about anything at all; please shoot me a message on Instagram. I’ll be happy to help!