Welcome to A Quirky Twist’s college advice for freshman! I talked about today’s topic last year, which you can find here, I also have a post on the topic geared towards sophomores here. That topic would be you time, which I think is a necessity in every college student’s life. Again these are just tips based on my college experience, and not rules meant to apply to everyone. With that being said I have 4 tips for how to achieve you time in your freshman year.
- TAKE A MOMENT
In order to get you time you need to take a moment to yourself. Maybe you always have morning classes and your roommate has afternoon ones, then you know you’ll have time to yourself then. Or maybe you can go down the hall to the lounge if you want alone time but your roommate is still there. The main thing is to take a moment every few days of week to yourself so you can relax by yourself.
- IF YOU REALLY DON’T WANT TO GO, SAY NO
In college you may feel like you have to say yes to everything or you’ll miss out on a fun night. However, there will always be more parties, game nights, dinners, etc. so if you really don’t want to go this time say no. Otherwise you’ll probably get to the event and spend most of your time there wondering why you didn’t just stay home. My advice is to go ahead and save yourself the trouble, if you know you’d rather stay in then it’s perfectly ok to just go ahead and say no.
- GET CREATIVE
A lot of your freshman year is spent in shared spaces and you spend very few moments alone. So to be able to have you time you’ll probably have to get creative about when and how you get it. Try and find out what times are slowest for what dining hall and go and eat then. Maybe even go sit out on the quad in a quiet corner, or find your favorite library hideout. Try and think about places a lot of people don’t go so you can get your you time.
- BUT STILL BE SOCIAL
College is a very social atmosphere and unlike any other stage in life. Since you only have a few short years to partake you should try and get involved. Yes, while you time is important and necessary so is talking to people and widening your friend circle and your network. It is ok to say no every once in a while, but saying it too much will leave you with an excess of alone time on your hands.
I hope this will help you when you start your first year in the fall. In case you missed last week’s post on motivating yourself you can find it here. Also if you know anyone in the future class of 2021 who needs some advice on college share this post with them. Another college advice post will be up next Tuesday! If you liked this post leave a comment down below!