College is a stressful time for almost every student. There are a lot of ups and downs when it comes to school work, athletics, friendships and relationships. When you live on a college campus, it can be easy to get sucked into a bubble and to forget that there are many new things to experience in life after you earn your degree. I think it’s important for students to remember that they are only in college for a short time and things that may seem like the end of the world now, probably won’t matter five or 10 years down the road.
No one has a completely smooth ride during their years attending a residential college. There are bumps in the road and things happen that you can’t forsee. For example, you may have a difficult time in one of your classes and receive a grade that is less than desirable. If you are a college athlete it is possible that you will become injured and be forced to step off the court or field for a season or two. Also, you may find yourself in a position where you have to end a friendship or relationship that you weren’t ready to let go of yet.
Even though it is inevitable that college students are faced with difficult and stressful situations, it is up to you to determine how you will choose to deal with them. For example, instead of dwelling on something negative and upsetting that has happened, try to adopt a positive attitude rather than getting down on your self. If you didn’t play well in a game or did poorly on a test, make a commitment to improve, and then focus your energy on that commitment. Negativity only breeds more negativity, and it will not get you anywhere you want to go.
Also, try not to focus on situations that are out of your control. You will not always make the varsity team, get a perfect score on a test, or see eye to eye with your peers. Rather, try to be mindful about what is going well for you and place your energy on that aspect of your life.
College doesn’t last forever so try to enjoy it and make it the best experience possible. Don’t waste your time stessing over the small stuff that will be irrelevant when you step into the real world.
Chelsea Bowen/Opinion editor
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