Freshman Year Takeaways (College Edition)

Hello friends! I just want to hop on here and share some takeaways and songs that got me through this year. 

It is not only okay, but HEALTHY to take breaks: This is true for everyone whether you’re in school, pursuing a career, raising a family, or really just doing life. Something i’m terrible at is slowing down. The lord has shown me this semester that 1- I can’t be successful if i’m overloaded with work. 2- He is persistent and constantly moving. We tend to have a mindset where we feel like we have to be doing something all the time. So the break might not even be physical, but mental.

Set goals: set realistic goals that benefit your health, faith, education, job, or whatever is important to you. For me, i’ve found that exercise is therapeutic and relaxing and something I genuinely enjoy. I’ve starting setting goals for myself in that way and i’ve felt stronger, more organized, and healthier.  

Most things are not as big as they seem: 99% of the time things work out for the best. One of my favorite quotes is “it always seems impossible until it’s done”. Life it too short to worry about things that don’t matter *me talking to myself* and if you spend your time worrying you will miss so much!

Just do it: I couldn’t think of another way to say this (good job Nike) but for real, it’s simple. A lot of fear and worry could be avoided by facing your fears, not being lazy, and just getting things done. Once you start something you’re more likely to finish, but you have to start.

Find balance: Everything is okay within reason. TRUE. If you’re with your friends more than focusing on school, it may be an issue. In the same way, not having a life outside of school isn’t great either.

Find your people: Spend time growing in those relationships! The people I’ve met the past two semesters are wonderful and I’m so grateful for each of them. College is where you might meet your lifelong friends. I’ve learned to surround myself with people who lift me up, encourage me and let me be my truest self. Those are the BEST kinds of people!

Be informed: Keep up with the news! Know whats going on around you and know what you’re talking about. Even looking at the news through twitter is better than nothing. At this point, not being informed is no ones fault but your own. It’s so easy!

Overall, OU has treated me well and I give this year a 10/10. It’s crazy how much you mature and see the people around you mature in college.

SONGS: 

You Say- Lauren Daigle

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus- Lauren Daigle

Sucker- Jonas Brothers 

Shallow- Lady Gaga

A Million Dreams- The Greatest Showman

Talk- Khalid

 

 

 

College: Staying Concentrated, Calm, and Collected

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I’m almost one month into college and the time is absolutely flying by. These past few weeks have taught me so much not just academically but about myself. More specifically my work ethic. I want to share some tips and ideas that i’ve been trying my best to stick with so that I don’t feel super overwhelmed with the workload.

Most people going into their first year of college from high school will start to feel the weight of all the work build up. My wake up call came when in the first week of school I already had hours of reading to do. Balancing being a full time student while maintaining a social life can be a struggle. Add a part time or full time job to that mix and you can have a full blown mess (not even including family obligations, clubs and organizations, etc.).

Even if you’re not the type of person to carry around a planner with highlighters, sticky notes, and multi-colored pens; you should have a system of organization. As students, due dates and deadlines are all over the place so I can’t imagine relying on your memory to keep things in order.

These are 3 tips and ideas that could reduce the amount of stress you feel throughout the semester. I’m not a study expert or the ideal student by ANY means. I do know that so far, I’ve found comfort in these things and maybe you will too.

#1- Priorities

Keeping your priorities in line is the first step to success. Without priorities, you might commit to too many things and not reach your full potential in any of them. It’s a struggle sometimes when there’s something much more fun going on and you’re in your room doing homework or at work. One way of thinking about it is that your priority should always be the thing that could potentially cause the most stress. Say a paper is due on Wednesday, don’t put it off because you’ll just end up stressing! I’m definitely preaching to myself on this one but its important and something i’m working on.

#2- Take time to relax 

Taking the time to unwind is so healthy. When we don’t take time to relax and refresh is when the anxieties begin to creep in. I’ve found that finding a relaxing, quiet place on campus in between classes is helpful. Even if you are studying or doing homework, being alone in a quiet space works wonders. Another way I unwind is spending time with my family. If you have family nearby, spending time with them can really take your mind off of school or whatever else is going on. If you don’t have family that lives close enough to visit, give someone a call and tell them how you’re doing. Lastly, Exercising is such a great stress reliever… if you’re into that. If not, I encourage you to try it even if that just means going on a walk.

#3- Its the little things!

Small things like taking quality notes, putting things in your calendar, leaving yourself enough time to get from one place to another, and going to class usually make the biggest difference. To be a successful student doesn’t mean you need to go above and beyond and try to outshine everyone else or do a bunch of extra work. The little things that seem obvious make the biggest impact if you are consistent.