So there are a few things that I have learned over the last couple months, my first months of university, and I am going to share them with you now. So get stoked. Free, unsolicited advice – the best kind. A lot of this advice is based from things I’ve learned at university, but I feel like it applies to a lot of places, and situations.
1. Don’t take home for granted. Tell your parents you love them often, tell your friends you love them often, snuggle your pets as often as you can, and enjoy the peace and quiet of home before you move to the land of paper-thin walls, and neighbours that like to think they are nocturnal.
2. Accept change. Allow yourself to discover who you are. Don’t make a plan, and follow it like it’s the only option. You’ll find new things that you like, and new things you want to pursue.
3. Be a grown up about things. If there is something you don’t like, and it bothers you, confront it. Unless it’s a whole lot bigger than you… then bring reinforcements.
4. Like what you like! I really am over people telling me what I should like. You’re not soooo smart because you like indie things. Get over yourself. I know we go over this on a regular basis. But just do what you want to do. You’re you for a reason, and if you don’t like who you are… well, let’s face it, you’re probably not being yourself.
5. Don’t tie yourself down too soon. Be flexible where friends are concerned.
6. Get out there! Studying is important, but so is having a social life. Unless you have a History midterm that’s worth too much of your mark to not study for all weekend. That’s okay. You’re forgiven for an antisocial, sweatpants weekend.
7. Have a good time. And make sure the good time is you’re idea of a good time. If you don’t like to party, don’t party! If you don’t know if you like to party, try it and judge that. If you don’t like studying… well… don’t go to university… or learn how to make it bearable, and fast.
8. Make sure you have something that cheers you up no matter what. I like to talk to my friends and family, or do yoga when I’m upset. I do familiar things when I’m feeling homesick, and sometimes just going for a walk + rant really does help.