8 Small Things That Will Boost Your Mood At College

8 Small Things That Will Boost Your Mood At College

These little things can do a lot to change your whole day.

It's no secret that college is a vibrant combination of good moments and bad moments. At many times, it seems like the bad and overwhelming moments, especially related to tests, assignments, and other class-related stress, can greatly outweigh the good ones. During these moments when you feel like there's very few good moments, it's good to try to find out those small, everyday things that can improve your mindset and change your whole mental state around. While walking around your campus this fall, look out for these instant mood-boosters.

1. Service Dogs

While most people on your campus probably won't have actual pet dogs, there's many students who participate in raising and training service dogs. You may see them walking to class, riding the bus, or hanging in the quad, and they always make my day so much better.

2. Free Food

If an event advertises free food, you will find me there no matter the reasoning for the event. While I have a full meal plan and normally snacks back in my dorm room, there's something so much more exciting about getting random food for free and it really changes my whole day around.

3. Free T-Shirts

Just like free food, I will go to literally any event to get a free t-shirt. If my friends recommend going to anywhere, the first question out of my mouth will always be "are they giving out t-shirts?". My drawers are stuffed with my random assortment of shirts, and each new one makes my whole day better.

4. Beautiful Weather

It's no secret that as the first semester progresses, the weather becomes gross and cold, making the academic sadness even greater. However, those random, brief days of warm, sunny weather can really do a lot for me in improving my mood and changing my daily mindset.

5. Getting Mail

I don't know about anyone else, but I love whenever I get an e-mail that I have a delivery in the mail room. Whether I had ordered something online or received a surprise package or card from parents or family, it always made me so excited and eager to pick it up and open it up.

6. Late Night Roomie Convos

No matter what time I would plan on going to bed, I know I should probably add an hour to that time because of chit-chatting with my roommate as we fall asleep. It would be so nice to end the day on a happy note and getting to share our adventures of the day.

7. Sporting Events

One of the great things about college is that most (if not all) of the sporting events are free to students. I love to go to a game and just feel the excitement, no matter the outcome of the game, and it always gives me something to look forward to during the week.

8. Canceled Classes

During the heat of the semester, especially when overwhelmed with papers and midterms, one of the greatest mood boosting things is getting an email that a class has been canceled. It's a great way to unwind or have time to catch up on work or sleep, and it's a rare special treat.

So, there's eight things that hopefully you'll seek out during the college semester to help improve your mood and give you a greater and less stressful college experience!

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.


So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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