A Little Collegiate Advise

Hello all! So as you know I started college this year, and holy cow has it been an adventure. I joined a sorority, took on some challenging professors, handled some rough roommate situations, and I’ve survived thus far. (cheers to me) Literally everything about your life and what you know changes in college. So here are some tips and tricks I’ve learned from my first semester as a college kid.

To start off with I’ve had to learn how to deal with people who I don’t quite understand all the time i.e. most of my professors. In high school, every assignment is clearly outlined and you know exactly what you have to do to get an A. College is not like that. College is more like, you’re handed a 40 page article that you have to analyze in a 3 page paper written with the literacy capabilities of a Nobel Prize winning author. It’s hard. So how I’ve learned and changed my approach is always asking my professor what he specifically wants for the assignment, and sending them my draft or sitting down with them during their office hour to discuss it. This is a lot more time consuming, but I mean I did manage to get a 4.0 last semester, so clearly it works. Knowing what your professor wants and discussing your interpretation of that can also help you grow as a student as you learn your own strengths and weaknesses.

Another thing I’ve learned is there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done. That saying that “even when you think you don’t have homework, you do” is 100% accurate. It’s insane. You need to always know what you have coming up so you can be working ahead on it while also knowing what you have due currently so you can make sure to turn everything in. Life is hectic. I probably would’ve died without scheduling all my obligations in my phone with an alert attached so I wouldn’t miss anything as well as keeping an updated planner with everything I needed to get done, as well as upcoming due dates scheduled in with warnings. You life is going to be non-stop, so also try to schedule in things you enjoy doing, like hanging out with your friends to do something besides study. Managing your time and schedule well is one of the keys to success in college, and possibly beyond. (I don’t know about the beyond part yet, but I’ll let ya know when I get there.)

Your stomach doesn’t want to eat dining hall food all the time. It will tell you that, believe me. So try to have a couple meals a week that are easy on your digestive system. You can get little microwaveable servings of rice at Target that you can pop in for a minute and have a serving of rice ready to go. Grab a steamer bag of frozen vegetables to go along with it and maybe some frozen grilled chicken and bam. A healthy meal straight outta the microwave. And keep fruit and such in your mini fridge. Fueling your body with healthy foods will make you feel 100X better and help you keep up your energy levels with maybe just 2 cups of coffee instead of 10.

Not everyone you meet will be your best friend, and that’s ok. I think going into college I thought I’d find my best friend immediately but it took a little while. And that’s ok. It takes time to really get to know people, and sometimes things come up that make it hard to be friends or things that tear you apart. And that’s ok. Not everyone who comes into your life is meant to stay there for a long time. But keep being kind and respectful and your truest self you can be and you’ll find a bestie in no time, I promise. I found mine and it took a little trying, and I honestly didn’t even like her at first but now I can’t imagine my life without her.

My last little tidbit is that college has it’s ups and downs and you’ll find that out very quickly. I’ve cried a few times from stress or anxiety or life just being too much to handle. But I’ve laughed till I’ve cried with friends more times than I can count. And I’ve passed more tests than I’ve failed. I’ve been on time to class more times than I’ve been late. You’re going to have rough days, maybe rough weeks, but honestly college is my favorite period of life I’ve been in yet, and I’m excited to see what else it has to offer!

I hope this has helped you a little bit, or amused you at least. Either way I hope you enjoyed. (and side note, as you can probably tell this blog is going to be a little more life style based now that I don’t even have time to shower some days, so stick with me while I get everything sorted.) Thanks for all your love and support from the beginning of this until now, and let’s hope college won’t kill the blog completely!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

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Positive Living

Hello loves! Happy Friday! We’ve made it to the end of another week! To close out this week, I wanted to do a more personal post about something I’ve been trying to incorporate more into my daily life: positive thinking. I’m the kind of person that is detail oriented and definitely focused on the little things that happen on a day to day basis. So for me, having a few little things go wrong during the day can really affect me and turn what could’ve been a great day into a not so great day. I’ve been thinking a lot about how I could start working from the inside out to change this. Taking care of your body and mind is so important through learning and excercise, but I feel like we sometimes forget about our needs on a soul level. So let’s talk about a few ways I’ve been trying to start being a more positive thinker.

No. 1: As a Christian, I value quiet time with God which I haven’t been taking as much as I should be lately. And if you’re not a Christian, this quiet time can just be time to yourself where you journal or just sit for a bit and meditate. For me, taking quiet time is a huge part of staying positive throughout the day because it focuses me on what’s important and prepares me for the day.

No. 2: Taking the time to point out and actively look for positive things in everyday life. This goes along with the whole idea of stopping to smell the roses. Slowing down just enough to notice how perfectly clear the sky is, or taking a moment to be thankful for the fact that you get to spend time with your best friend tonight. Little positive things like that make all the difference, and if you look around you, they’re pretty easy to find.

No. 3: Talk to people. This may sound super weird, but detaching from technology and asking someone else about their day gets your focus off of yourself and onto another person’s wellbeing. And hopefully, you wish well for that person and can enjoy an engaging conversation with them.

No. 4: Planning out the day. This is something I’m still trying to work into my everyday routine. I tend to make a list of things I need to get done the next day, but that doesn’t mean they all get done, or get done in the best order. I’m really trying to start planning out my day the night before in a journal of some sort, so that I can be focused and precise in getting everything done in a timely matter. I have a feeling doing this will also end up with me getting more sleep since I, hopefully, won’t be up late every night scrambling to finish tasks.

I hope you’ll join me and try one or all of these tips to live a more positive lifestyle, it can only do good for you! I’ll let you know how the day planning goes, hopefully I can get in the habit of doing that soon. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette