5 Self-Care Tips That Will Benefit Any College Student

5 Self-Care Tips That Will Benefit Any College Student

Just a few things to make your day that much brighter.
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College is hard. Americans don't agree on much these days, but that is one thing that can be universally agreed on. It's really easy to neglect self-care as you get busy with schoolwork, extracurriculars, and having a social life. Here are 5 things I've learned that help me take care of myself every day.

1. Eat Breakfast

I know, seems easy, right? Well, it's all too easy to run off to your 8 AM without any breakfast. Then, a quick trip to the library and doing laundry and other obligations, and boom, suddenly it's lunch and you never ate breakfast. Getting through my mornings have been so much easier once I started taking the time to eat breakfast. You may lose a few minutes of sleep, but your body will thank you for that fuel later.

2. Actually use your planner

Enough said.

3. Don't get back in bed

Okay, so I haven't been doing such a great job with this one. Although, I have found that the days where I get up and stay up, I am much more motivated and feel physically better. It's so easy to crawl back to bed after that 8 AM, but I promise you'll feel so much better getting into bed at night knowing that you had a productive day.

4. Make exercise a priority

It's so easy to make a plan and say you are going to the gym and then never actually go. I have found that when I work out, especially in the mornings, I have a productive day, I feel physically better, and I eat healthier throughout the day. Working out in the morning definitely helps me put down that cupcake at lunch when I think about all the hard work I've already done.

5. Know your limits


One of the best things I've learned in college is you are never required to do anything, except go to class. Technically, you aren't even really required to do that. It's so easy to build our schedule full of social events and it drains us. Never be afraid to say no to something. I have said no to plenty of parties, social events, and even a football game because I knew physically that I couldn't handle it. Nobody will judge you for taking care of yourself.


These are just 5 of the things I've learned in taking care of myself throughout college. There are seriously so many more, but these few things have made my days so much brighter and I hope they do the same for you!

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To All The Nurses In The Making

We tell ourselves that one day it'll all pay off, but will it actually?
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I bet you’re taking a break from studying right now just to read this, aren’t you? Either at the library with friends or in your dorm room. Wherever you may be, you never get the chance to put your books down, at least that’s how it feels to most of us. It sucks feeling like you’ve chosen the hardest major in the world, especially when you see other students barely spending any time studying or doing school work. The exclamation “You’re still here!” is an all too frequent expression from fellow students after recognizing that you’ve spent 10-plus hours in the library. At first it didn’t seem so bad and you told yourself, “This isn’t so difficult, I can handle it,” but fast-forward a few months and you’re questioning if this is really what you want to do with your life.

You can’t keep track of the amount of mental breakdowns you’ve had, how much coffee you’ve consumed, or how many times you’ve called your mom to tell her that you’re dropping out. Nursing is no joke. Half the time it makes you want to go back and change your major, and the other half reminds you why you want to do this, and that is what gets you through it. The thing about being a nursing major is that despite all the difficult exams, labs and overwhelming hours of studying you do, you know that someday you might be the reason someone lives, and you can’t give up on that purpose. We all have our own reasons why we chose nursing -- everyone in your family is a nurse, it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, you’re good at it, or like me, you want to give back to what was given to you. Regardless of what your reasoning is, we all take the same classes, deal with the same professors, and we all have our moments.

I’ve found that groups of students in the same nursing program are like a big family who are unconditionally supportive of each other and offer advice when it’s needed the most. We think that every other college student around us has it so easy, but we know that is not necessarily true. Every major can prove difficult; we’re just a little harder on ourselves. Whenever you feel overwhelmed with your school work and you want to give up, give yourself a minute to imagine where you’ll be in five years -- somewhere in a hospital, taking vitals, and explaining to a patient that everything will be OK. Everything will be worth what we are going through to get to that exact moment.

Remember that the stress and worry about not getting at least a B+ on your anatomy exam is just a small blip of time in our journey; the hours and dedication suck, and it’s those moments that weed us out. Even our advisors tell us that it’s not easy, and they remind us to come up with a back-up plan. Well, I say that if you truly want to be a nurse one day, you must put in your dedication and hard work, study your ass off, stay organized, and you WILL become the nurse you’ve always wanted to be. Don’t let someone discourage you when they relent about how hard nursing is. Take it as motivation to show them that yeah, it is hard, but you know what, I made it through.

With everything you do, give 110 percent and never give up on yourself. If nursing is something that you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life, stick with it and remember the lives you will be impacting someday.

SEE ALSO: Why Nursing School Is Different Than Any Other Major

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7 Rules To Going Out That Every Girl Should Follow

Because you do not want to be the girl puking at the pregame.

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In college, you go out with your friends A LOT – and chances are you will be drinking. College night outs are some of the best nights of your life and some may even be your worst. However the night may go, you want to be prepared for what is to come. Copy and paste these rules into your notes, tattoo them on your arm, do whatever you need to do to memorize these 7 rules inside and out. You will thank yourself later.

1. Always eat before drinking

Drinking on an empty stomach will not end well. You will get hangry (hungry and angry) when you are out with your friends -- being drunk and hangry is not a good combo. Forget fasting to look skinny in your outfit, I promise a bite to eat beforehand won't make you look bloated. Food absorbs the alcohol; therefore, you won't be the ultimate lightweight. You do not want to be the girl puking at the pregame. I am not telling you to eat 6-course meal, but a bite to eat with your squad before drinking will do the trick.

2. Dress to impress yourself

Wear an outfit that you feel your best in and promise me you'll look and feel amazing. Wearing heels you can hardly walk in and a dress way too tight, may work for some girls, but it may not for you. Remember, you are going to a bar or party, not a strip club that you are performing at. The night will go much smoother, if you feel comfortable in your outfit. And the truth is, no guy gives a damn about your outfit, so do not dress up for him.

3. Bring a cross-body purse

If you are like me – you've got your keys to your apartment, your phone, and your wallet at all times. Bringing just your wallet is fine – but then you are balancing holding your drink, your phone, your wallet, and your keys while dancing with your friends. These are three of the most valuable things that you are going out with, so put them in a cross-body and the anxiety of losing those precious items will be gone (unless you lose the cross-body, which would really suck). Side note: don't take the cross-body off.

4. Go out with people you trust

This is critical. Not only will you have way more fun with these people, but they will be the ones who won't leave you at the party or bar alone, will take care of you, and will always have your back with whatever craziness gets thrown your way during the course of the night. From walking with you home at 2 in the morning to holding your hair back, these are the people you want to surround yourself with. I honestly cannot count the times my friends have saved me while we were out – and vice versa. However, don't be that girl who always needs to be saved – your friends will hate going out with you.

5. Don’t text him

By him, I mean – your ex, your crush, or that guy who always hits you up when he knows your drunk. You will regret texting him. If he was really that into to you, he would be out with you. I know you want to talk to him, but the truth is: he either won't reply or you will say something you will regret, and you will feel dumb in the morning. Enjoy being out with your friends and forget about him, plus I am sure there are plenty of other guys at the bar or party to meet!

6. Trust your gut

If your gut tells you something isn't right, it probably isn't. Sometimes we have a little too much to drink and we tend to feel invincible. This is where we do something stupid and can get ourselves into a lot of trouble. With college, comes a pile of peer pressure. However, it is up to you to make the best decision for you – not anyone else. Whatever they are doing may look fun, but promise me the consequences are not.

7. Put your phone away

The truth is no one cares about what you are doing on a Saturday night. Nothing is wrong with taking a photo or two with your friends, but after that, put your phone away and enjoy being out. If you wanted to be on your phone, you should have just stayed home. College does not last forever, so enjoy the time you have being this young and carefree with all your friends.

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