For many people, the years spent in college are considered the best times of their lives. As students, we anxiously trudge through high school waiting for that glorious moment when we can pack up and leave our parents’ houses for college – a magical sanctuary for partying, obeying few rules, expanding your social circle, and discovering yourself. College is a beautiful opportunity (and should not be taken advantage of). Unfortunately for some, the freedom within college can direct their focus to negative things that may ruin their chances for having the best experience. You always hear about what you should do in college, though; I am here to tell you what you should NOT do in order to come out on the other side happy, victorious, and ready for the real world.
1. DON’ T Flunk Because You Were Lazy
You don’t have your parents now yelling at you to get you’re a** out of bed. You only have your alarm and the snooze button is very easy to press multiple times. Having the freedom to make your own choices could result in sleeping through classes, not turning in homework, or putting off studying. Don’t let laziness take ahold of you. Your GPA is fragile, so nurture it like a responsible adult- You are one now!
2. DON’T Make Partying A Priority
I’m not saying you shouldn’t party. In fact, I think you should party often! This is your one time to get all the partying out of your system, so set it free and have some fun. However, don’t let FOMO override your responsibilities. Even if the hot guy next door has invited you to his kegger the night before your exam, school is more important than a possible drunken make-out sesh. You’re paying all that money anyways to be there. Leave partying for the weekend, or for after you ace that exam.
3. DON’T Hang Out With Crappy People
The first week in the dorms your Freshman year you meet people who appear to be your new besties. Sometimes these people may turn out to be shallow, manipulative lowlifes. If you feel that the people around you are making bad decisions, attending sketchy parties, or make you feel crappy in general, MOVE ON! Don’t settle for the group of friends that was easy to find. Branch out, make an effort to meet new people, and find the friends that share the same values as you. Even if it means that you are alone sometimes, it’s worth it.
4. DON’T Be Careless About Your Health
One thing guaranteed in college is the superfluous amounts of beer and pizza. as well as infectious germs in the dorms and dining halls, STDs, and dangerous drugs. Don’t make pizza and Easy Mac a staple, drink alcohol daily, stop exercising, or leave your house a filthy mess. Many students put on the pounds because they can’t control temptation, or are sick all the time because they are cavalier to hygiene. Be conscious of what you consume, how much you exercise, and how to protect yourself in the bedroom.
5. DON’T Be Scared Of A Challenge
College can be frighteningly difficult, but don’t let that generate doubt. You’ve made it this far and are definitely smart and capable enough to take on any challenges. Don’t be afraid of taking Pre-Med because you are terrible at Calculus. Invest in a tutor, connect with your professor, and stay positive. Challenge yourself to do something out of the norm, like joining the intermural soccer team or trying out for the hip-hop dance club. This is your time to explore and test the waters. A challenge is nothing but a way to test your limits and prove to yourself how awesome you really are.
6. DON’T Forget to Treat Yourself and Relax
Academics should take up a large chunk of your time while in college. However, balance is key. If you’re the kind of person who spends most of your time in the library with your face shoved in a textbook, running on 3 hours of sleep, TAKE A BREAK. Everything should be taken in moderation, whether chocolate cake, shots of tequila, or studying. Take a day to sleep in late, get happy hour with friends, or just relax on the couch. If you work hard, you deserve to treat yourself.