They always say live life with no regrets. It’s a basic quote you see written on Tumblr and printed on posters. I guess it’s supposed to make people feel better about the bad choices they’ve made or something. As much as I would like to say I agree with this, there are definitely things that I would have changed looking back at my four years. So far on this blog, I have gone into detail on a few of the tips I wish I had as a freshman in university. Today I would like to give a list of my “life hacks” that I’ve learned in university.
1. Don’t skip class to catch up on class.
It just doesn’t work. It really doesn’t. Believe me, I’ve tried it multiple times with multiple different classes. It becomes a never ending spiral of work that you will never EVER catch up on. It’s kind of like not paying off your credit card and racking up a ton of debt. You’ll never pay it back and you won’t ever catch up on all of your work. Ultimately, just go to as much class as you can and everything should be fine. There are tons of benefits of attending class. Honestly you pay the same amount regardless, so you might as well go.
2. Take milk thistle when you drink.
Although my friends constantly make fun of me for being like an 80-year-old woman and taking dozens of daily vitamins, they can all agree that taking milk thistle on a night out is one of the best decisions you can make. Basically it’s this capsule of herbs that protect your liver. Depending on how much you drink, your liver can take a real beating after a night of fireball shots and mixed cranberry vodkas. Taking a milk thistle limits your hangover by a massive amount. Also try to eat something with lots of carbs and drink lots of water. Speaking from experience here, being hungover is not a great experience and it can be avoided.
3. Write your assignments in your calendar a day before they’re actually due.
One thing I recommend doing is putting in all of your due dates for assignments, tests and papers in some sort of calendar (iPhone, planner etc.) at the beginning of each semester. However, instead of putting the actual day it’s due put it one day before the due date. This works for two reasons: (1) You’ll start thinking about it early and (2) you might actually forget that it’s not due that day and finish your assignment a day early.
4. Take classes you actually enjoy.
Please do it. I know that it’s not an option for everyone to take something they like because of parental pressure etc. but try to at least take electives or a minor in something that you enjoy. Don’t be like me and take two years of Philosophy even though you hate it because you want to get into law school. You will most likely just have an existential crisis and end up changing your major completely into something you enjoy.
5. Don’t latch onto people.
This is for those of you in first year, specifically at the beginning of the year. I speak from experience here when I say that making friends can be very difficult and stressful in university. When you finally find a person or two you click with, it’s tempting to completely close yourself off to every other possible friend. This is something that I did in first year and I missed so many opportunities to meet new people and turned down so many invitations because all I would want to do is hang out with this small group of people. Although it seems impossible in the moment, it’s likely that your group of friends will become distant and won’t last forever. When this happens, you won’t be left with a lot of options of people to hang out with. Keep an open mind and don’t seclude yourself to a small group. Be nice to people and broaden your friendship circles.