It has certainly been a hot minute since I last posted.
I actually hate that phrase. Moving on, my blog is kind of becoming that gym membership that you buy at the beginning of the year with the best of intentions, but slowly start to forget about. That was never my intention, and I am sad that I have not been able to devote more time to my blog.
To be honest, I love blogging. I love that I have been able to connect with people across the country and world, and see lifestyles very different from my own. I think that writing is one of the most powerful tools we have, and the fact that we can post online for people across the world to see is amazing. Blogging is also a way that my extended family keeps up with my college adventures.
I have been absolutely slammed with work this school year. But, that is not a very uncommon scenario for college students. I have realized that college is a time of great development and growth, and that it is important to take advantage of every opportunity. Even if that means taking 18 hours so you can take an elective about something you enjoy or care about. I have learned so much this year, inside and outside of the classroom.
Long intro aside, I did actually have a point to this semi-reflective post. Today, I am going to share you guys what things I have learned in college, and things I wish I had known before I started. Don’t roll your eyes, I realize that there are a million of these posts out there. But, I really feel like I’ve learned a decent amount this year, and I wanted to share these things with you! I don’t think anything can fully prepare you for the learning curve that college contains, but I can certainly try!
1. Change is good
You will change. So will every friend you had from high school. And that’s perfectly okay. It is natural to expect that a person will change during 3-5 crucial developing years of their life. Even looking at the group of friends I made in my first few months of college, we have all grown and picked up different interests and hobbies.
2. Multitasking is a skill that must be learned
Have you seen those students who juggle a full course load, part time job, and multiple other campus commitments? The key to being involved without overcommitting yourself is learning how to multitask and prioritize. This isn’t exactly something that comes naturally to many people, and so it is important to properly master what works best for you.
3. You will find time, if you really care about something
If you prioritize, you will find time to do the things you truly care about. I always complained about how I didn’t have time to go to the gym, but I somehow managed to watch seasons of Friends on Netflix. Being busy with school or work is no excuse to cut out the things you enjoy doing.
4. Take advantage of opportunities
College campuses have endless opportunities for free things and knowledge. Go to the free concerts, eat the free food at events, or attend a random conference on a topic you are semi interested in. I’ve learned this year that a lot of learning is actually outside of the classroom. I’ve learned many valuable things from my professors of course, but I’ve learned just as much by attending random speeches and conferences.
5. Self care is so important
Through this busy year, I have learned that self care is the most important thing. If you don’t take time for yourself, you will burn out super quickly. It is crucial to take a few minutes out of your busy day for reflection, going to the gym, spending time with friends – whatever makes you happy and stress free!
With all that said, I am going to attempt to conclude this blog post by saying that I hope I can make my blog more of a priority this summer. Classes are over and I kind of don’t know what to do with myself now. I absolutely cannot believe that when classes start again in the fall, I will be a senior in college. I feel like just yesterday I was moving out of my freshman year after a crazy first year of college. But, I’ll save all that for another blog post. Let me know what you guys have been up to in the comments!