College life has a lot to deal with; it involves balancing your academics and social life. I know for sure, every college student out there has experienced how stressful it is to manage your time, especially when you’re about to submit all the requirements needed in each subject at the same time. Stress is consistently at your back, the fact that time we’re generally squeezed and have next to zero cash. If you think being happy in college is impossible, think again.
Here are 20 tips on how to live a happy life in College.
1. Surround yourself with good friends.
Someone who shares the same interest as you and who will always be there to cheer you up during rough times.
2. Pull yourself out of your bed.
Sometimes you also need to unwind. Have time to celebrate the little things you’ve accomplished and have fun with your friends.
3. Have some “me time”.
Have some peaceful time with yourself, after having a stressful week. Relax, read some books, watch movies and breathe.
4. Make plans.
Plan fun activities to look forward after you’ve done your tasks in school. Travel, eat at a fancy restaurant, or buy yourself new clothes. Make it as a motivation to get things done.
Study shows that exercising produces “happy” hormones throughout the day. Have a walk with your squad or go to the nearest gym. It’ll make you feel better.
6. Live in the moment.
Always be optimistic and think that all those things you are going through will make you a better person. Remember, you can never go back in time so might as well enjoy it.
7. Get out of your comfort zone.
Don’t be afraid to do things you’ve never tried before, after all, college is all about exploring and filling your minds with new ideas. Who knows, maybe you are a great actor or a singer.
8. Find a hobby you enjoy.
Find something that you enjoy doing and I’m sure, you’ll find people who have the same interest as yours. This is also a great way to build friendships.
9. Always be on time.
When you are always late, you tend to miss your schedule, so you ruin your whole day plan. Thus, better on time to avoid stress and cramming.
10. Be yourself.
There’s no need to pretend just to gain friends. Don’t try to impress others and fit in because trust me, you’ll not enjoy your college life. Just be clear and become acquainted with yourself better and you’ll find real friends.
11. Learn from your mistakes.
Quit complaining and start learning from your bad decisions. You develop the wisdom and sense to make good decisions and choices through experience. Take it as a lesson and not a frustrating mistake.
The word “Sleep” might not be part of college student’s vocabulary, but you can’t be happy if you lack sleep. Remember that no matter how stress and loaded your schedule is, your health is still the key to happiness.
13. Be independent.
Do things on your own and gain confidence in yourself to show yourself and other people that you can. In this way, you’ll be healthier and happier in life.
14. Know your interest.
Recognize the abilities you have. Appreciating the skills you need to build is essential in planning for professional achievement.
15. Don’t compare yourself to others.
Comparison leads to unhappiness. All it does is keeping you focused on what you don’t like about yourself. Instead, just accept your flaws and embrace your uniqueness.
16. Regret less.
If you have to make a certain choice, make the right one.
17. Learn to say NO.
Saying “no” can get some respect to yourself and to people around you. But when you do, make sure you do it in a well-mannered that makes your boundaries clear.
18. Be a role model.
Demonstrate your confidence and leadership, don’t be afraid to be unique, show respect to others, have a humility to admit your mistake, and do good things towards other people. In this way, people will look up to you and you’ll feel contented about it.
19. Make new friends.
Give yourself an additional push to be more social. Hit up discussion with schoolmates, welcome individuals to hang out, but make sure to find the real ones.
20. Enjoy your college experience.
You won’t get through it, if you will not enjoy it. It’s one of the most rewarding experiences of your life, academically and socially, so embrace it!
In college, you’ll experience many moments that’ll help you shape the person you become in the future. It might not be easy, but you only experience it once, so make the most out of it.
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