They say the first couple of years of living is the time where we learn and process the most amount of information; from walking to talking and everything in between, it’s certainly amazing to think of how we learn the world so fast at such a young age. However, the time during college has to be a pretty close second in terms of personal development and learning who we really are. Often, college is the time where we learn our likes, dislikes, and how we like to operate in the world. With this in mind, you need to use your time wisely and we have some tips for this today!
Say ‘Yes’ - First and foremost, getting into the habit of saying ‘yes’ while at college is a great way to get to know the people around you as well as yourself. Soon enough, you’ll be trying new things and you might just learn to love something you didn't know existed just a couple of months earlier. However, there comes a time where saying ‘yes’ gets too much so how do you get the so-called ‘me time’?
Sports Facilities - When there isn't a game on, going to the football stadium or soccer field can be one of the best places to find space. With no games on, nobody has a reason to be at these locations (unless they’ve read this too) so you can grab your laptop and text books and get started. As long as you don't need the library for books or the internet connection, you can get away from the hustle and bustle and find some quiet time.
Say ‘No’ - Wait…you just said ‘say yes’. Absolutely, we did, but there’s a point where you need to take the time to study and spend time by yourself. In terms of new experiences and pushing yourself from your comfort zone, we recommend saying ‘yes’ often. However, this doesn’t mean you need to go to every single party or every single night out. When you reject a party, you’ll be surprised at just how much time and space you have to yourself (your time also becomes more valuable to others).
Get the Right Tools - Sometimes, it’s just impossible to get away and we appreciate this. Therefore, you need the right tools to help you survive and this includes a privacy filter. If you’ve never seen these products before, it’s a filter you place on the laptop which blacks out the screen when not directly in front of it. Therefore, you can get on with your day without people looking over your shoulder or asking what you’re doing. As long as you buy a high-quality product, like the, you’ll be good to go!
Set Boundaries - In the opening weeks of college, you want to be open with your roommate so the rules are few and far between. Over time though, you can start to introduce boundaries and deals. For example, this could include having guests over, borrowing items from one another, and allowing each other some time alone. By doing this, you prevent them from inviting others over every night and you can enjoy the dorm room without having to leave to get privacy.
Be Flexible and Communicate - Finally, we recommend being flexible with others in college rather than flat-out refusing every request that comes you way. When at college, it’s all about finding a balance with work, play, privacy, time with others, saying yes, saying no, etc. Typically, this comes down to communication so speak with your peers and keep each other informed. Once you build this type of relationship, your time at college can be the making of your career as well as yourself as an adult!