6 Reasons Why College Is Stressful

6 Reasons Why College Is Stressful

Sleep? What is sleep?
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Whoever said college is "the best four years of your life" is a liar because when I try and define college, one word always comes to mind: stressful. Sure, college is fun because you can do whatever you want and when you want, you can eat whatever you want, it's acceptable to tailgate at 8:30 in the morning before a football game, you can party on a weekday, etc. However, college also means you will have endless amounts of homework, you'll change your mind about your life path every day, some guy you thought was forever will break your heart, etc. Here are 10 reasons why college is stressful:

1. You can never get a break from homework. Your professor thinks it's acceptable to assign three papers and two books all in the same week, and then another professor assigns you to read a 300-page book by the next class. Now is it acceptable to live the authentic college lifestyle and get crazy whenever you want? Nope.

2. You have no idea what you want to do with your life. Last week you wanted to be a middle school math teacher, next week you'll want to be a journalist, and the week after you might decide to try nursing. College is great because you have all these options laid out in front of you, but it's stressful when there are so many careers to choose from and you want to try them all.

3. Sleep, what is sleep? Between all the homework, study groups, club soccer, movie nights with your friends, and that 6 a.m. shift at work calling your name, sleep is an unknown word in college when your life is running faster than you are.

4. You remember the glory days when you weren't this stressed. Ah, high school, a time that seems so far away, yet not far at all. A time when your biggest concern was getting into college and not trying to stay in college. High school, a time where your other concern was that your ex-boyfriend was now dating your ex-best friend. College? Don't even get me started about my stress levels in college.

5. You think about dropping out of school four times a day. Now, this isn't just a stressed out college student telling you this, this is a normal college student telling you this. Honestly, is there really a college student out there who hasn't thought about dropping out and moving back home at least once?

6. You think about how much harder it's going to get after you graduate. Mortgage payment, car payment, electric bill, STUDENT LOANS. Enjoy the glory years that are college, I mean, stressful years, because they will be over before you know it and adulthood will be at your doorstep.

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Getting Straight A's In College Is Not Worth Failing Your Mental Health

A's are nice, but you are more than a letter.

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The idea of getting an A on every paper, every exam, every assignment, seems great. It can be known as a reassurance of our hard work and dedication to our 4+ classes we attend every single day.

Losing sleep, skipping meals, forgetting to drink water, skipping out on time with friends and family; these are the things that can occur when your letter of an A is what you are living for.

You are worth more than the grade letter, or the GPA number on your transcript.

Listen, don't get me wrong, getting A's and B's definitely is something to feel accomplished for. It is the approval that you did it, you completed your class, and your hard work paid off.

But honey, get some sleep.

Don't lose yourself, don't forget who you are. Grades are important, but the true measurement of self-worth and accomplishment is that you tried your best.

Trying your best, and working hard for your goals is something that is A-worthy.

Reserve time for yourself, for your sanity, your health, your mental health.

At the end of the day, grades might look nice on a piece of paper, but who you are and how you represent yourself can be even more honorable.

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Host Families Are The Best When Going Abroad

Host families will get you closer to language, culture, food and fun!

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Have you ever thought about going abroad? Or maybe you've already decided to go and are dealing with all the paperwork right now? There are so many options to explore a different culture and various perspectives on life. You can go abroad and study at a foreign university. If you're not interested in studying, you can apply for a job and gain first working experience abroad. Also, you can do an internship in a different country, or work as a volunteer in a help organization. So many options. But they have one thing in common: A host family.

A host family is a family who takes in young people, who left their country to work or study abroad, for a certain time. Obviously, a host family is not a must. If you don't feel it, you can rent an apartment and that's totally fine. However, I would like to tell you today why I think a host family is one of the best things while going abroad.

First of all, you learn the foreign language a lot better. I mean, that's one of the reasons for going abroad, right? You want to improve that language you've been studying at home. And there is no better way than to speak it every day with native speakers. And that's what your host family offers you. Living together, communication is a necessity, and thus the best motivation to improve your language skills!

Second, when living with a host family you get to try the traditional dishes of the country. In my opinion, the cuisine is a very important part of a country's culture. It's thus a huge difference if you go abroad and keep on cooking your stuff from home, or whether you experience a new culture through their nutrition. Take the chance and get to know new recipes, new spices, and new dishes. It's so exciting!

Third, a host family is the best place to get to know the culture of a foreign country. You'll learn all about their holidays, celebrations and traditions not simply by listening about them but by living them! Your host parents will make you part of the preparations and you get to ask questions throughout the whole experience. There is no better option to get to learn about a culture!

Forth, and probably the most important one, a host family is a trusted friend in a foreign world. When you're leaving home you expect everything in the new country to work as easy and usual as you know it from back home. But that is often not the case. And very often you're ending up in a chaos of opening bank accounts, applying for new phone numbers, looking for apartments, figuring out a hundred things for your studies, … all by your own. A host family is there for you if you need help and assists you during your first days, weeks, sometimes even months of your stay abroad.

If you want to apply for a semester or internship abroad and didn't consider a host family at all, do it now. Those of you who already have been through the experience of going abroad and living with a host family know what I'm talking about. I definitely can say that my host families became friends for life and I'm infinitely grateful for the help and warmth they offered me.

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