8 Ways to Survive College

8 Ways to Survive College


  1. Fail quickly.

If you try out for the club football team and don’t make it, take some time to be upset, but then pick yourself up and join a different club. College is competitive; don’t expect to get every position you apply for . Explore alternative avenues to figure out what you really love.


  1. Surround yourself with good friends.

You need a confidante to talk to when things get rough, someone to celebrate with when you have good news, and a person to ground you when college life starts to feel overwhelming. It can be hard to find real friends who love you for you, but they’re out there. Just give yourself time.

  1. Go out.

Cooping yourself up in your dorm room isn’t fun for anyone. Pull yourself out of bed, away from your books, and go to that party everyone’s been talking about. If partying isn’t your thing, call a friend and go explore the city or town around campus. It doesn’t matter what you do so long as you get out of the academic mindset and let loose.

  1. Stay in.

It’s important to keep the going out in control, so switch it up. Opt for a movie night or a great dinner at that cool new restaurant. College is fast-paced, and sometimes what you really need is to let yourself relax. Balance is key.

  1. Exercise.

Stop making excuses. The paper due next week can wait if it means taking an hour break to go to the gym. Go for a run with a friend or try a yoga class at the local studio. You’ll feel good for having done so and the endorphins you release are proven to make you happier.

  1. Sleep.

No passing out at three, waking up at ten, going out to eat, and doing it again, at least not every night. Sometimes you can’t help cramming, but you can stop yourself from watching another episode of “G.O.T.” Put your computer away and hit the sack (especially if you have to wake up for that 9 a.m. lab).

  1. Eat.

Remember to fuel your body. When you’re going from class to events to study session, you’ll be a lot more productive (and a lot less cranky) if you make sure to eat all three meals and grab snacks in between.

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