11 Things College Student's Stress Over That They Shouldn't
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11 Things College Student's Stress Over That They Shouldn't

You have your whole life to worry.

11 Things College Student's Stress Over That They Shouldn't

1. Your College Major.

One thing that I find to be unfair about college is that I'm supposed to have my entire life planned out by the age of 18. There's so much stress that's put on students to know exactly what they want to do for the rest of their lives by the time they're a freshman in college. The truth is, you college major doesn't define you and doesn't necessarily mean that you're stuck with that for the rest of your life.

2. Your relationship status.

Another thing that puts a lot of stress on college students, is their relationship status. There's so much pressure to find love when you're in college that when you come home from school, the first question you usually hear from family is "How's the love life?" Don't feel the need to settle down or find the person you'll spend the rest of your life with right now.

3. How many "likes" you get on your Instagram.

This generation is one that is very social media focused. It matters to them how many "likes" they get on their Instagram photos, or how many favorites they get on their tweets. Let me tell you something, this is such an insignificant thing and something that really, just shouldn't matter. How many likes you get on things doesn't define you and doesn't reflect how people feel about you so stop taking it personally when you don't get likes on your photos.

4. Your bank account.

It may seem silly that I am saying this is one of the things that people need to STOP stressing over, but it's true. Yes, finances are important. Yes, having money in your bank account is important. Yes, saving money is important. But, you have your whole life to be worried about paying your bills, paying off your mortgage, paying off student loans, and paying for children; Have fun and don't be afraid to do things you want to do or to go out and have fun just because you're worried about your bank account. This is the time to do everything you want to do.

5. Getting your dream job right after graduating.

This will almost NEVER happen. For some reason it is one of the things that people stress about the most. Right after graduation it's okay if you don't have the perfect job or the highest paying job; You'll get there. You have to be patient with jobs and if it means starting out on the bottom and working your way up, then that's okay. You won't always start out on top and that's something I think all of us need to learn when in this situation.

6. Taking on too much.

As college students it is our time to do as many things as we possibly can and explore many different things. From your classes, to different part time jobs or full time jobs, clubs, sports teams, sororities or fraternities, it can become a lot and at times be extremely overwhelming. Don't stress about it. Like I said, this is your time to explore new things so take on and try as many different things as you possibly can.

7. Texts from last night.

It's common that after a night of being out, you'll look over messages you sent the night before or remember something stupid that you did or said and suddenly become stressed or depressed about it. Don't worry about it. In college you'll do a lot of regrettable things and say a lot of regrettable things, but that's okay. Just like many other things, college is a time for you to make mistakes.

8. What you wear.

In high school this may have been something that people stressed about, but in college it shouldn't be on your stress list. I have seen people come to class in fuzzy polar bear pajama pants, a baggy sweatshirt, and hair all over the place. College is not a fashion statement and no one is going to judge you on how you look when you go to class.

9. Having plans every weekend.

If students don't have plans on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday often times they'll get agitated or think of it as a wasted weekend. Sometimes it's okay to not go out on the weekends and have a relaxing movie night or spend it studying or catching up on homework.

10. Fitting in.

Going into Freshman year students often worry about how they'll fit in during college because that's something they worried about all through high school. College doesn't go off popularity and there's always a group or club for everyone.

11. Your stress.

During exam weeks, when homework becomes too much, when your fighting with your friends, etc. college can pile up and become too much at times. As silly as it sounds, don't stress about your stress. College is your time to have fun, find out who you are and what things you like, get involved in everything you want to be involved in, and enjoy your time; don't let the stress of it all ruin your time.

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