By Sophie Wells
Whether you’re a girl who’s still in high school or currently in college, on the East coast or West coast, attending a private school or public school, these eight tips to get through those four crazy, incredible years apply to YOU.
College can be tricky at times, but can also be the most amazing, enriching experience you ever get in your life if you play it right. With my advice, you’ll breeze through it all.
1. Surround yourself with your people
When I say “your people,” I don’t mean to sound cheesy, but it’s the best way I can put it. You should always spend time with the girls and guys who lift you up, give you confidence, share the same interests, and are by your side through the good times AND the bad times.
2. Make a budget
As stressful as this can be, it can save you a lot of work in the future. If you create a well-thought-out plan for how much money you want to spend on food, alcohol, shopping, etc. every week, you’ll not only be able to get the things you want/need, but you’ll develop great habits for later on in life.
Trust me, I know how hard it can be to concentrate in college. But, in the midst of all the fun, you have to remember what you’re actually there for: to LEARN. The classes you take now will lead you to your dream career someday if you just buckle down and pay attention!
4. Make time for a good time
On the other hand, you have to give yourself a break every once in a while. After all, you’re only human and life is all about balance. So, go to the party, hangout with the people next door, go to the dinner, as long as you’re able to. Someday, you’ll look back on these memories and smile.
5. ALWAYS be aware of your surroundings
Being a girl in college can be scary sometimes for various reasons. It’s easy to feel vulnerable and unsafe in certain environments such as parties, bars, and walking home from class late at night. It’s so crucial to always stay with your friends (use the buddy system), keep an eye on your drinks, carry a handheld pepper spray (if you feel it is necessary), and have your phone on you at all times while out and about.
6. Explore your area
I guarantee there are hidden gems all across your campus and the city you’re in. For example, you could find your new favorite coffee shop or restaurant to go to with your friends. Fall in love with the place you are at because it will be your home for quite some time.
7. Self-care comes first
Amidst it all, take time to look in the mirror at least once a day and evaluate how your body and mind feel. It’s easy to forget to take care of yourself sometimes. But, it is the most important job you have. Remember to drink plenty of water, eat healthy, and rest. These things will help keep your mind and body on track.
I promise you, you’ll be a freshman walking into your dorm for the first time, and then you’ll blink and be a senior walking across the stage at graduation. If there’s one piece of advice you should take away from all of this, it’s to stop for a minute, look around, and enjoy where you are right now because you’ll never get an experience quite like this again.
Sophie Wells is an editorial intern who is knowledgeable in all things fashion, cooking, and entertainment.