By Jacob Maslow–Branded Content

So, you’re heading off to college, where you’ll begin your exciting journey of self-discovery, new relationships, and academia. Your university years change you, and during this time, you’ll make unforgettable memories – both good and bad – and gain friendships to last a lifetime. While college life is a fantastic time, it doesn’t come without its hardships. To help you get through the ups and downs, we have a few dos and don’ts that will ensure you get the most out of these incredible years.

Make Time to Chill Out 

It’s not all about working hard or playing hard. Taking the time to unwind is just as crucial as social events and study time. Making time for relaxing is easy with a few everyday routines – take a bath, exercise, enjoy a walk, read a book, or listen to music while vaping your favorite flavor. A popular choice of vape is the Mighty Vaporizer by Storz & Bickel – it is easy to maintain and built to last. So whatever it is you enjoy doing, make time for that activity every day, and you will thank yourself later.

Get Involved

Seek friendships, go to as many campus social events as possible, and enroll in clubs – all of which enrich your university experience. In doing so, you’ll nurture your current hobbies and interests, discover new ones, and find your social niche. Getting involved and staying socially active ensures you have fun and feel good during your college years. If you can imagine it, there’s probably a club for it – and if there isn’t, why not start your own? 

Organize Your Time and Don’t Skip Out

Attendance is required for academic success, which should be your top priority, along with taking good care of your health – both physical and mental. Skip class, and you’ll find yourself with declining grades that result in overwhelming academic stress. Homework and assignments are given for a reason – to enhance your learning, you must complete them if you want to succeed. Organize your time throughout the week so that you have enough hours and energy to attend classes, complete assignments, and study, as well as fit in space for self-care, relaxation, hobbies, and social events.

Don’t Party Too Much

It’s all too easy to forget why you’re at college in the first place. Don’t let your grades, learning, and your health suffer because of too much partying. Moderation and prioritizing are key. Learn to balance your social life with your classes, homework, goals, and deadlines so that you can enjoy the college experience while getting the grades you deserve. Plus, it’s vital to avoid causing harm to yourself and others – that means if you choose to party and consume alcohol, it’s wise to do so responsibly.  You should also learn to be assertive with people, communicate properly, and acquire the valuable life skill of knowing when to say no. Do not go looking for love in wrong places either. The party scene in college can be deceiving. You need to know how to protect yourself. 

Stay on Campus Where Possible

College is usually when many young people experience autonomy and independence for the first time. Getting the most authentic college life experience involves living away from home – where mom and dad aren’t there to do your laundry, cook your dinner and wash your dishes. So, opt to stay on campus or nearby if that choice is available to you. 

Eat Well and Sleep Well

In the craziness and excitement that is college, it’s easy to forget the essential things. Good food and healthy sleep patterns are essential for thriving in this fantastic time of your life. Ensure you’re getting all your vitamins and minerals in the form of a balanced diet – that means don’t get lazy and indulge in pizzas, burgers, and too much takeout food. Instead, make an effort to cook or buy healthy meals more often than you overeat on junk. Combine a good diet with a disciplined sleep pattern, and you’ll be well on your way to success. Also, minimize the late nights and sleeping in as much as you can.

Have a Positive Attitude

Practice being upbeat, optimistic, and tolerant of yourself and other people. Positivity and open-mindedness are infectious, and practicing these traits will make you feel better about yourself and college in general while attracting other like-minded positive people into your life. 

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