It's crazy that I have officially graduated from University of Houston with a bachelor's degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management! "Magma cum laude" WOOHOO!!! I still can't believe it, and I'm proud of myself! Congratulations to those who graduated this Spring 2017.
4 years of college definitely went by so fast, and at the same time, I made so much memories with my friends, professors, and with the school. I am having mixed feelings, sad & happy, because I love my school. My college life has been great, and I want to share the things I have learned from college overall! So here are the 6 things to survive 4 years of college!
1. Eat Healthy
Ever heard of freshmen 15? Freshmen 15 is an expression where you gain 15 lbs in your freshmen year. This is normally from partying, eating late night snacks and unhealthy throughout your dorm life. I also gained that 15 lbs from 105 to 120 real fast! In order to prevent those unwanted gains, you need to eat healthy.
What you can do is work out everyday after school. Take a friend so you won't skip your daily workout! Make sure you eat your breakfast before classes. Breakfast serves a big role for your body. If you are not hungry in the morning, prep some healthy cereal or meal so you won't buy any unhealthy or fast food to fill you up.
When you go grocery shopping, try buying food that has low calorie & that fills you up.
Read post here to see which ones make great snacks! Also avoid eating at night.
2. Use a planner
To survive throughout your college year without forgetting deadlines, planner or calendar is a must!
Always keep the planner handy, and write down all the things you think it's important. Sometimes, I just try to write everything down even if it's trivial (just in case). I am list type of person. What about you?
Being organized will help you with almost everything!! For me, when I have a cute planner, I want to keep write something inside or decorate! Ever feel that way?
Time management is another crucial skill set to have. Planning and writing down errands will help you plan your day productively.
3. Know Your Priorities
Being social & partying is all exciting, but don't forget you are in school, not a vacation. You also have other priorities such as studying for an exam, doing homework, going to work, and such. Make sure you are balancing all of them equally. Know to prioritize which ones are the most important. Procrastinating or doing things in the last minute is so bad for you (you will regret it). So before you regret, make the right decisions! In my dictionary, I think you can always hang out with your friends next time, but you can't change a grade or a score you got. Plus, it feels good to get an A after your hard work!
4. Never Stop Learning
There's a lot to learn until you die but if you think learning in college is enough, you're wrong. That is just a small part out of so much things in the world! The most common mistake students make are thinking that they are all prepared once they graduate. But this isn't true.
Good practice is to keep learning as you go. For example, during your free time, you can always go online and take online classes. Some good websites I have used before are Khan Academy, Udemy, & edX . All of these has a lot of FREE courses. You can just choose any course, pace yourself and start to learn! Super resourceful.
5. Always surround yourself with people who are better than you
Yes, networking is so important and being with the people who has more experience, who can teach you more, who can make you become a better person is necessary in your life. If you surround yourself with the people that's more intelligent than you, you have that chance to learn and improve yourself. But if not, you will stay the same forever which isn't the best result.
Once you socialize and meet different people, you will realize how small the world is. Even on Facebook, you can see who are your mutual friends are. Sometimes those mutual friends seems so far away but through people's connection, everything seems possible. In business world, recommendations count more reliable than just trying to introduce yourself to a person you don't know at all. Building relationship with people is very important, and try not to make any enemies!
6. Use School Resources
A lot of students forget to use resources that are available for free in school. If you pay a close attention, not only the school notifies you on weekly emails, but they also offer a lot of sessions or events just for those. For example, University of Houston has writing center, business center, health center, personal trainers at recreation center, library, advisors and professors who are willing to help you, great places to study, cafe, restaurants, student center, museum, opera center, performance hall and more! (LOL) I'm pretty sure other colleges have abundant resources available for students as well. Check out these before you go out and pay a lot!
So those were the 6 unforgettable lessons I have learned in the past 4 years of my college life. Some of you could relate, some might think different, so share with me what you think below in the comments! Again, congrats to you & me, and I can't wait what will happen in the next journey for us!
One thing I know for sure is that I will be focused more on blogging than ever. Love you guys and thank you so much for reading!!! :)
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