Constantly stressing about exams and work? Not worth it.
You know this feeling.
It’s the end of the day, and all you’ve been thinking about for the last six or so hours is when you can crawl into bed and back to the graces of sleep. Except once you’re actually in bed, you stay awake for another two hours stressing about anything and everything. Explains a lot about why college kids are so tired all the time, doesn’t it?
But if I’ve learned anything in college, it’s that sometimes stress is simply just a waste of energy. Here are five things that I’m done losing sleep over.
The best thing about college is that it’s not high school. Petty fights, catty behavior and generally immature actions should be left behind in the name of growing up and the fact that after four short years, we will be considered real, functioning adult members of society. So we should act like we are. Don’t let drama take away from any of the fun times you’re about to have because, honestly, who’s going to remember this fight after we graduate? Who’s seriously going to remember it even a year from now? Drama won’t solve any of your problems in college, and it definitely will not in the workplace after graduation.
That one night
There might be a time in your college career when waking up the next morning is a struggle, and the events from the previous night hit you like a bus in the middle of your first class. This can be an extremely terrifying occurrence, typically depending on how closely your night resembled the movie Animal House. Now, I’m not telling you to make this a routine type of thing, because then your problems are beyond my help. But if you’ve had a rough night, don’t fret too much about it. First off, you are not alone; if you’ve done college right, everyone has had one. And second, use it as a teaching experience, because learning in college doesn’t just come from textbooks and lectures. Learning also comes from what you do every day, how you do it and what it tells you about yourself. Take advantage.
The sports team
I remember, quite vividly, when my school’s basketball team was upset in the first round of the NCAA tournament. It ruined my entire day, and the one after that, too. In retrospect, the amount of mental well being I lost was a little bit irrational because, while it sucked at the time, life went on. In fact, it even brought our school a little closer together as we wallowed in our misery. Sports fire up the emotions, which can be a great thing when you’re winning and a detrimental thing when you’re losing. Try not to let it get to you, because down the line the memories you’ll look back on won’t be the scores of the games, but your fierce school pride and the people you were with.
Classes and grades
Yes, college is important. And yes, we’re here for an education. What we’re not here for is losing our minds pulling all nighters for exams and maxing out on 5-hour Energy and candy. Good grades are achievable, and better yet, it is possible to succeed without stressing out hard for every test. Our teachers have been telling us since grade school: Study a little bit every night. This becomes serious, legitimate advice these four years of our life. If you don’t let yourself fall behind in class work, studying for exams won’t be a nightmare and you can let yourself get a real night’s rest before them. It’ll do you better in the long run, I promise.
How fast time is flying
Now that I’m an upperclassman, the majority of my conversations with peers are about the same two topics: how young the freshmen look and how old we’re getting. This growing-up thing is frightening, not least of all because most of us don’t feel even the slightest bit prepared to be a real person. But don’t let this stop you from taking everything in stride. In college, you could wake up an engineering major one morning and be a marine biology major the next. Every day is a new day. These are the years of our lives where we don’t have to worry about growing up because growing up just happens. These are the days of our lives that shape us into who we are. Everything we do gives us new experiences and new insights to take with us. If you waste time stressing, you’ll miss out on all the fun.
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