10 Things College Students Do In Their Free Time

10 Things College Students Do In Their Free Time

There are some activities college students can always make time for

Before I began college, I imagined I'd have no free time. It seemed as if college students were always busy doing something important and efficient with their lives. However, now that I myself am a college student, I can see my thoughts were completely wrong. College students can go days at a time without having to study, do homework, or even (while I do not recommend it) attend class. With all this free time on our hands, there are several activities we college students enjoy participating in to pass the time away.

1. Eating... a lot.

Get asked to go eat lunch two times in one day? Why not? It's not like you had anything going on anyways. College students have access to free food all over campus, and you can bet we are going to take advantage of that.

2. Spending money we don't have.

Two things go hand in hand when you're a college student: constantly needing to purchase something and constantly being broke.

3. Staying up all night binge watching Netflix.

College students see finishing a whole season of a TV series in a week as an opportunity, not a challenge.

4. Taking naps.

Since we're up all night watching Netflix, we must find other times in the day to catch up on sleep.

5. Scrolling through social media.

If you don't share at least one cute puppy video on Facebook a day are you really a college student?

6. Going out.

Much of a college student's free time can also be spent attending parties.

7. Having FOMO when we decide not to go out.

Sometimes, when college students decide to spend their free time binge-watching Netflix and scrolling through social media, they regret the decision to stay in for the night and develop FOMO, also known as fear of missing out.

8. Questioning what we are doing with our life.

Are you really in college if you don't have a breakdown every now and then about what you are going to do when you get out into the real world?

9. Complaining.

"Oh, you had two tests today? I had two test AND an essay due today. I win."

10. Procrastinating.

Watch and learn as we manage to pull all nighters in the library and write a 10 page paper in a matter of hours.

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3 Ways To Have A Successful Summer

Summer should not be all work and no play, but it should not be all play and no work either.

Spring has just started, why am I already thinking about summer? As much as I love spring, summer is the time when I get things done. It is a time when I can focus on myself rather than focusing mostly on school. I am one of those people who puts my all in school work, what can I say?

I use summer as a time to put school on the back burner and work on myself - mentally, physically... or both. I think summer is one of the seasons that you should plan ahead for, contrary to popular belief. Here are 3 ways to have the perfect summer and if you follow these, you will walk into fall feeling already accomplished.

1. Figure out what you want to do.

During the spring, you should figure out what you want to do over the summer. If you go in without an idea, then you will spend your summer searching for what you want to do and achieve. Eventually, summer will end and you’ll realize that you wasted it if you spend your days doing absolutely nothing. You will wish that you planned ahead so you won’t leave the summer with only a tan.

Usually, during the first half of summer, I attend swim practice every morning and then do nothing for the rest of the day. The days fly by and I don't get anything done, but now, I will focus on myself and use my summer to better who I am.

2. Write down your goals for the summer.

I don’t know about you, but after summer, I periodically feel like I wasted a break. I would get ready for school, wishing to go back accomplishing more than an even tan. I'll write down what I want to achieve over the break to continuously remind me of my goals. This will help me go into summer with a plan and with driving motivation. I know what I want to get done and can check off what I finish over the course of the months.

One of the best feelings of accomplishing something is checking it off a list, I promise. The goals you make can be anything; big, small, mental, or physical. They could be anything you want to get done like getting a job, learning something new, going on a hike once a week, anything.

3. Think of a few activities you want to do.

Summer should not be all work and no play. Remember while in grade school, summer used to be every day at the pool with friends and only having a little bit of summer work to do? It may not be as possible to have a summer like that now, seeing as our futures are quickly approaching and we have to begin to plan for them.

However, that doesn’t mean we can’t have as much fun as we used to. You have to remember to give yourself time to relax because it really is the main reason for the summer break. There is always time to do fun activities, you just have put them into action. While you are working, thinking of going to the beach or on a bike ride is not going to relax you, you actually have to do it, not just lay on the couch watching your 100th episode of the show on Netflix you've been plowing through.

Let yourself live this summer and every summer – do not keep it all work.

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From The Girl Who's Learned A Lot Her Freshman Year

I have had the best experiences this year and for that, I am beyond grateful..

As I write this, I'm sitting on my condo's balcony on the beach for my Freshman spring break. It's really starting to hit me that I only have a short time left in my Freshman year. I cannot believe how quickly this year has passed but it just makes me so excited for the three years I have ahead. I have had the best experiences this year and for that, I am beyond grateful.

Last semester definitely seems like a major challenge in the moment, but looking back, I'm remembering how much fun I had at every different function I attended. Everyone was going through the same things and having a hard time adjusting to the lifestyle, but now that we are all finally completely at peace, everything is so much more fun.

As I look around at some of the girls I'm at the beach with, I'm realizing that I'm looking at some of my bridesmaids and lifelong friends. I never really thought how close I could become to a bunch of girls I only met in September. Spending almost every waking hour with the same people can really force a friendship but I am forever thankful for that.

Being away from my family has definitely been stranger but I know for a fact that I have become a stronger person because of it. I have learned to handle situations on my own and use my own judgment to make decisions about my everyday life.

College has taught me how to have self-control and how to say no. I've had to dedicate hours out of each day to make sure that I got the grades I need to be able to earn the job that I want.

I've had to say no to my friends going out to eat sometimes when I know I need to stay behind and study. Although I hated it at the time, it has been totally worth it.

Freshman year has taught me so many things and I am forever thankful for the opportunities it has provided me. I have met my best friends and have learned so many new things. I am so excited to see what the next three years has in store for me.

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