Is it your first time away from home and you can’t wait for the new adventures college will bring?
As a freshman, it’s easy to start with a high that quickly crashes into panic halfway through that first year (or maybe the first semester). But despite the stresses of classes and studying, this is still a moment to take time for yourself and make memories you’ll always cherish.
With a little bit of prioritizing and balance, you’ll be able to handle those presentations and midterms while also taking well-earned breaks with your new friends and roommates. Don’t miss out on these six things every freshman should experience.
Attending University Clubs and Events
Your college is filled to bursting with thousands of people who have varied, amazing, unique interests. And if you’re willing to attend a get-together or two, you may surprise yourself by finding something new you love, too.
Mingling with your fellow students in university clubs and by attending university events will expand your mind, skillset, and social circle. These are opportunities to try things that weren’t available in your high school or perhaps weren’t available to the casual participant. Chances are that, while you are there making friends and learning the basics, you’ll make connections that will last throughout your college career.
Exploring the City
If it’s your first time away from home, you’ve dreamt of the moment you would arrive and start getting to know this new city that’s become yours. The pressure to study may urge you to stay inside your room for days on end, but going to college is an experience that spans more than just academics.
Exploring the city will broaden your horizons in a fun relaxing way when you need a break from the books. So take a few hours to get out there and try new foods, visit the local museums and monuments, and admire the pulse of the people flowing around you.
Participating in Physical Activity
Another important way to take care of yourself when you’ve been stuck studying in the same position for too long is by being physically active. There are so many ways you can give your body the love it needs, from visiting the gym to taking part in recreational sports. Find something new or something familiar that will give you a boost of confidence for the moment you return to your desk.
If you really don’t think physical activity is your thing, you can still indulge in feel-good movements right within your own four walls. Perform yoga or simple stretching movements to promote joint and muscle health, or take a stroll around the building with your roommates.
But there’s also a lot of fun to be had by going to games or playing with friends or as part of recreational teams. With larger numbers, there are more opportunities to take part in activities you’ve always wanted to try. And who knows, you may even become a pro.
Being in Nature
Wherever it is that you’ve chosen to go to school, the great outdoors will surely have a few surprises waiting for you. There are parks and gardens for you to enjoy, and there are plenty of places not too far outside the city limits to experience trees, rivers, wildlife, and mountains.
Search out some of the local’s favorite hikes and get out there so your mind can rest from the minute details. Even if your hometown is nearby, you’re sure to discover some new treasures with the contributions of your growing social circle.
Escaping Right Under Your Nose
As a freshman, it will be easy to get caught up in everything that’s going on, and when that becomes too much, don’t forget that it’s also important to make time for yourself right where you are. Maybe for you that looks like reading a novel that has nothing to do with your major or binge-watching your favorite TV show.
There are several places right inside your apartment complex that get forgotten but can make student living an even better experience. Complexes often have lounges or clubhouses with kitchen amenities or film rooms that go unused. They may even have a foosball table, fitness center, pool, or library that are open to tenant use.
So try it out–you could have just discovered your new favorite place to disappear to.
Taking Weekend Trips
Lastly, there’s nothing like a good old weekend getaway. The city you now call home may be stunning, but there’s even more to discover and experience with a quick road trip or train ride out to the surrounding areas.
This is an especially great idea a bit later in the year when all your new things have become commonplace. Going outside that newly-created comfort zone will be a great reminder that there is still a lot out there to discover and experience for the next four years.
So grab a friend or two and plan a spontaneous adventure that will build memories, strengthen relationships, and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to ace that next big test.