The term “adulting” has recently become very popular among college students in the recent years. The questions that college students, including myself, continuously ask themselves on a daily basis are: “How does one adult?” and “Am I doing it right?” The word “adult” alone gives me goosebumps. I have thought a lot about the possible answers to these questions and I am honestly unsure if there is an exact answer to them. There are no legitimate answers to these questions, but I want to offer up some advice on “adulting” and how to make it feel less stressful.
Organize, organize, organize.
Nothing screams adulthood like an organization. Start with a planner. In your planner you should write down your homework assignments, quizzes, exams, due dates, meeting times, etc. Looking at everything you have to do in one week might seem overwhelming, but my advice is to take it step by step and the list will slowly start to get shorter and shorter.
Organizing goes beyond a planner. You want your life to be organized and the best way to do that is to give yourself a schedule. Whether it be a schedule you write down in your brain or on a piece of paper, you want to plan and prepare for the days ahead. This might include daily goals, when you plan to study and do homework, the time you plan to go to the gym, and even the time you set aside to eat. Creating a daily schedule for yourself will make your day feel more productive and accomplished.
Get your big girl pants on. To upperclassman, it is that time to start thinking about your future, if you have not done so already. This is the big leagues, no turning back now. You are only a few semesters shy of graduation and you need to start to think about the big picture. It is time to get serious. Get your resume and professional profile up-to-date. Get involved in as many organizations as your busy schedule will allow and make connections.
Put yourself out there and network. Don’t forget how important first impressions can be. Start to think seriously about what you want to do with the rest of your life and look for opportunities to do so.
Breathe, everything is going to be okay. I am sure everyone has days where everything just does not seem to be going as planned. You are ready to give up, but you can’t. You’ve made it this far and you will be able to accomplish anything you set your mind to.
Everything is going to be okay, trust me. Stop stressing yourself and take a quick, 10-minute break from studying to get a coffee or fresh air. Let your mind rest and your body calm down. College isn’t supposed to be easy, but if you stay positive it will all be okay.
You’re not the only one. Picture this: it’s about a quarter after 11 p.m. on a Thursday night and you have an exam in your 8 a.m. class the following morning. You have spent all night doing your homework for your other classes and are finally getting to your 15-page study guide. You begin to stress out because you feel as if there is not enough time in the day to study all of this information. You start to think of every possible way to get out of this exam in the morning. You then spend time googling ways to become successful and make money without a college degree. It is now an hour later and you have yet to start study. Sound familiar? You are not the only one. You are also not the only one to think they do not have their life together and have no idea what they want to do after college. We are all in this together and will get through it!