ooooh that is quite the flashback picture of cough (eight) years ago! YIKES! Where does time go? As you find yourself helping your family member, child, friend or YOURSELF starting your first year away from home - I'm here to share a few tips and tricks I remember from way back in the day!
1. Don't' let it fool you...TIME IS GOING TO FLY BY. It may seem like forever until graduation - but seriously enjoy each moment because I promise it will fly by!
2. Get out and meet people - and take your high school friends with you! I was so blessed to have one of my best friends living right down the hall from me - but we STILL got to meet so many people. Leaving your door open makes you look friendlier too. Don't have it shut all the time - Rude.
3. Find a hobby that helps you distress - a healthy one at that! For me it was running. Was waaaaaayyy out of my comfort zone, but seriously felt so great to do something for ME. Nursing school is hard. Challenge = Change = a good thing and helps you to grow! I know the wellness center is huge (at least it was for us) but it was one of my favorite places because it felt like a social event! Explore a new workouts class - take a friend with you for a walk - they have SO MUCH AVAILABLE - and so much of it was foreign to me since I lived under a rock in a very small MN town :)
4. Find a fun study/happy place - a place where you can get away from your room but still be able to get work done! This may be a library, a coffee shop, a building on campus. Whatever floats your boat.
5. NEVER BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS. The dumbest question you can have is one that isn't asked. Also - don't be afraid to seek the answer - especially since I bet there are ten other people in the room thinking the same thing...
6. For all that is holy please take the lanyard off from around your neck. Oh and please wear flip flops in the shower.
7. Be nice to the cafeteria ladies - they will look away as you fill your water bottle with lemonade, fill your Tupperware with strawberry pretzel dessert... etc
8. Speaking of cafeterias - don't eat all the junk food! Start good habits NOW. I loved the sandwich grill - you go get your ingredients - meat, veggies, cheese, bread and bring it over to the girl and grill it up! (delish) - some of my other favorites were "egg mcmuffins" oatmeal with fruit, salad bar and making stir fry on the grill!
9. Recipe cards are amazing. I went through SO MANY FLASHCARDS - great way to study!
10. DON'T FEEL OVERWHELMED. Easy for me to say right? This is ALL NEW TO YOU - you can't know it all, you can't do it all - its just not possible. Focus on the day ahead of you and prioritize your time. Take small study breaks or you will go crazy. Drink coffee. Drink water. Fuel your body with veggies and not purely junk. Don't go home every stinkin weekend. Meet new people. Enjoy it - oh and GO BISON! (Bison Football forever!)
What advice do you have for college freshman?
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