With the new school year starting, anxiety is at an all time high. That means to the overthinkers, like me, that your mind is racing with a list of things you have to do before school starts. This can lead to mega stress, which may start hiding the actual excitement of going to college.
Your freshman year is supposed to be the time of your life, so why ruin it by overthinking?
While the lists that are starting to stack up may seem helpful, they're adding to your stress. You've checked your list twice over, yet you still worry that you're missing something important. Luckily, wherever you live will have everything you need close by, so if you are forgetting something you are able to go out and get it. Allow yourself some room on your lists to breathe and enjoy your last days at home, because before you know it, you're not going to be at home with your family and friends anymore. Don't let the stress ruin that time that you have.
Any anxieties you have about going up there most likely won't even happen to you. You think that it will be some scene out of a movie where you don't fit in, but there is a group of friends for everyone at college. Study hard, have fun, and be yourself. That's the only way to ensure a good first semester of college.
And once you're there, here are some tips for when you are overthinking. Take a walk around campus to clear your mind. Sit in the library to minimize distractions while you're studying to make sure of good grades. Use your over-thinking to your advantage by writing out everything you have to do within the week a week early so then you feel more prepared and less worried about missing something.
Don't forget to go out and have a good time. While you are there for your education, the social aspect of college is equally as important. Make sure you find time to do the type of things you want to do with the people you want to do it with. You deserve it.
To all you overthinkers -- embrace it. Make it into a power instead of a weakness. In the end of the quick four years of undergrad you won't want to look back and realize that you spent all your time stressed out and worried. Live your college experiece to the fullest, because it will all blow by fast.