Making the most of your college experience
We all know that college can get busy and stressful, but finding ways to get away from schoolwork is important for your mental health and to de-stress. Your college days are also important for personal growth, and discovering who you are, what you like or dislike, what you stand for… etc. Some people encounter life-changing experiences, and meet life long friends etc. Here are some simple things that you can do or participate in during your time in college that can help you step out of your comfort zone, so you can make the best out of the experience:
Here are a few ways to move beyond that and ensure your college experience is the best.
Join a society
This is a great way to meet people and make new friends. Look through your school’s list of societies and pick what piques your interest. Join your course’s society, that way you can meet more people who are like-minded, including people in older years who could mentor you. You would need to pick sensibly because being a part of some societies can be quite time consuming; on the other hand you if you feel like you can be committed while striking a balance with your academic work, then go for it. This might be your opportunity to show off your leadership skills! If you haven’t signed up for one, please do!
Join a sports club
Sports make us more physically active which is good for your physical and mental health. Sports clubs may have trials to fit people into various categories based on your level of experience.
Find a hobby
Baking, cooking, painting, sketching cycling or even walking, etc are great hobbies. Hobbies are a great way to take your mind off schoolwork. These sorts of activities keep your mind working without straining it. They are also tried and tested ways of turning a bad day into a better and brighter one.
Spend time with friends & family
School gets tough so having a great support system is extremely beneficial. It also great to be able to speak to people who are willingly listen, and can offer objective advise. It is important to find people who can calm you down when you’re stressed, or make you laugh when you are sad. There is nothing like knowing that no matter what goes on with the hardships of college, there will always be people who have your back. Emotional support is essential when it comes to surviving these years! This period tends to also breed friends who become family. When you spend a lot of time in dorms and classes with people, you tend to know them inside out; so find your tribe and support each other!
This is a good way to put yourself out there. Volunteering is a selfless act and a way to give back to your community.
“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart”- Elizabeth Andrews
College might be the only chance you have to volunteer, as people tend to do less of it in the post-grad life. Full time employment limits time. Participating in a good and worthy cause can have a life changing impact on you; it ultimately makes you a well-rounded person. P.s.: volunteering initiatives look great on CVs/Resumés *HINT HINT*
Take trips with new friends as it is a wonderful way to relax. Plan trips on time and to places you have never gone to. College is the time you don’t have a lot of things tying you down. Go explore the world, culture, and food.
Featured image: Christine Asidao
Dianabasi is a Medical Writer at Medics Abroad and a medical student at Trinity College Dublin. She is passionate about volunteering and activism.