What are 3 things you learned from your first semester in college?

  1. Stress Management is Essential

College is like being in the middle of six sided tug of war. Everything and everyone wants your attention: parents, friends, clubs, health, classes, and you. Stress is inevitable, which is what makes stress management essential. It took me four months to realize that stress needs to be handled, you can’t just let it go away. To counter stress, I took time to take note of all my stressors whether that be certain people, habits, or assignments. Knowing what causes your stress is very important is being able to relieve it. Then living by a simple principle, if you can’t control it, don’t worry about it because there is nothing you can do, and if it is within your control then CONTROL IT. I know, it’s a whole lot easier said than done, but with time my friend, with time. 🙂

  1. Eating Healthy is a Challenge

I love food. Like food is a passion of mine. So, being dependent of the school cafeteria for meals took a toll on my life. I mean they do their best to have healthy options but at the same time risking the flavor and decadence of quality meals. Unfortunately, at times I find myself to order pizza or Chinese from restaurants nearby the school, and the calories come together, the pounds add up, and here we are. :O Haha, I haven’t actually experienced anything close to the “Freshman 15”, but unhealthy eating affects your skin, hair, and energy.

  1. Know Yourself, Know Your Woes

In just a semester, I have been through the highs and lows of friendship. I have met people who everyday I’m like “Where have you been all my life?” and others who have left me down and left. The most important part of getting to know others and meeting new people is knowing yourself first. You must know who you truly are and what you stand for so that new know when people are becoming manipulative or you begin to adopt habits that you wouldn’t normally approve of. People can be cold and hard sometimes, but we should take heart and know that college friends will be the least of our worries some day and they should not be at the top of our worries now.

People are going to not fully realize your worth. They’re going to take advantage of your insecurities and exploit them to make themselves feel worthy of their dismal, uninspired existence. Happens. People are going to put you as second on their list. Or third. Or fourth. Or tenth. Or twentieth. Or not at all, and you probably put them as first.” – Joelle Glimp

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