It’s Okay To Cry In College

College.

That seven letter word that’s full of the good and the bad. For some of us, it was the best time of our lives. For others, lets just pretend it never happened. Or you could be like me, stuck in the middle.

I am now in my fourth semester of college and I still haven’t gotten use to the whole thing. High school definitely didn’t prep me for the overwhelming nights full of studying. It seems like every week there’s a test and I barely have time to breathe. Then I check Instagram and it seems like all of my friends are out enjoying life. How are they able to do that? I’m pretty sure we’re in the same class, with the same assignments. Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who’s bogged down with loads of work and it just isn’t fair. That’s when I need to take a step back and say, “Hey kid, you are your own person. Everyone deals with situations differently than you.” I’ve decided to compile a list of things that I believe will help me, and hopefully others, get through this fall semester and even the rest of our college experience.

  1. Cry // You’re allowed to cry even in twenties, thirties, forties, whatever age you may be. College is hard and I’ll be the first one to admit it. Nobody enjoys writing six page essays revolving around things that have nothing to do with your major. Just take some time to cry before, during, and after that essay and you’ll be a-okay.
  2. Breathe // Yes, we all know how to breathe. What I actually mean is to take the time to focus on nothing but breathing. Put away your textbooks, laptop, notes, and learn how to sit in silence. Clear your head of everything that’s going on in your life and simply just breathe. Taking five to ten minutes to clear your head can make a huge difference in your day.
  3. Hobbies // Take up a hobby that doesn’t revolve around your major. If you do, you’ll find yourself comparing a fun activity to an assignment. I’m talking to you art majors.
  4. Chill Out // Studying is great and all, but don’t study too much. Otherwise you’ll go to sleep and wake up thinking about the notes you spent hours color coding. Yes, nothing is more satisfying than a beautifully, color coded piece of paper, but please put the highlighter away. Sundays are for sleeping in. Take advantage of it and recharge for the full study week ahead of you.
  5. Have Fun // Like I said, college can be the best time of our lives. You only get one chance to experience this, so have fun with it. Do things that make you smile because this is the time where you truly figure out who you are. I know it sounds mega cheesy, but seriously have fun and don’t forget to look back on steps one, two, three, and four. Especially step one.

Written By: Hope Alvarez

Disclaimer: These steps may not help at all, or maybe they will. Don’t trust everything you read on the internet.

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