But in the excitement of classes, clubs, research, parties, and new friends, it can be easy to forget the simple things that were perhaps easier to believe back home. As Thanksgiving looms, it’s good to remember the simple things.
1. You deserve to be here
There are a lot of smart, motivated people at college who have done incredible, impactful, unbelievable things. You are one of them. Sometimes, there are days when everyone is putting on their best face and you feel like you can barely scrape average but it doesn’t matter because you earned this. You earned the right to fail sometimes, and with your college struggles you are earning the right to succeed.
2. Drink water
Weird advice. But seriously, drink water. It’s easy to forget your water bottle back at the dorm or to rush past the water fountain on the way to class, but dehydration is no joke. It’s the 8x8 rule: 8 ounces, 8 times a day.
3.There are people back home who love you
Whether family, teachers, or your best friends, there are people who care. If you’re going to college in your city, maybe all it takes is a short walk. If you’re several time-zones apart, perhaps even calling is hard. But either way, as you float along in the college bubble, remember that there are still people you can reach out to, who can lend you a hand in your time of need. You have an anchor.
4. Laundry matters
If you let it pile up, you WILL run out of pants and the laundry machines WILL be full. Just do it. Pick a day every week (preferably a week day, when it’s not too busy) and get it done.
5. You’re here for a reason
Maybe you’re trying to find the next cure to cancer. Maybe you want to write the Great American Novel. Maybe you want to secure your future and the future of your family. Maybe you want to serve a higher cause, to lighten the burdens of others. Whatever passion you have (or rather, whatever passion has you), let it be your center. If you’re feeling discouraged, remember why you’re here and why the world needs you. Believe in yourself like you believe in your passion, because they are one and the same.
Hopefully this helps a bit. Just some things I’ve been thinking about recently, that I’ve sometimes been too distracted to tell myself. I encourage you to make your own list of things that you’d like to think more about, no matter where you are. It makes a world of difference.
-- Joanna Slusarewicz