Here comes one of those watershed moments, where our young Homerian hero, once starry-eyed and full of naive curiosity and innocent ignorance, looks back on his past and recalls all that he has learned through his travels. What a marvelous and fantastic journey! A long, winding tale filled with feats of daring, moments of great happiness and equally great anguish, foes conquered and friends won and lost.
And so, what wisdom can I impart, you ask?
Trader Joe’s Frozen Tamales. They are very tasty, and very convenient on a late night after all other dining options have closed. Always keep a few reasonably healthy, tasty, and filling food options in your freezer. “Break glass in case of emergency” if you will, although I’m sure your kitchen-mates will be displeased if you choose to smash your fridge open in the event of a hunger pang.
A few other things:
- Dress up every now and then, even if you feel terrible. A lot of times, if you feel tired or upset, dressing to look the part will only make things worse. As much as your outside reflects your inside, sometimes the inside can follow the outside too.
- Get off campus at least once in a while; it is healthy and will make you less crazy and more happy.
- No matter how many friends you think you have, there are usually about 10 times that many people on campus that you will never get to know, but would make wonderful friends with you if you ever met them. Moral of the story is to always meet new people, especially outside of your regular social circles.
- Everyone and everything will clamor for your time: clubs, classes, friends, enemies, girlfriends, boyfriends, hobbies, jobs, and a million other things. Learn to say no. Consciously taking time for yourself, even if it’s just 5 minutes in a day to listen to some music, catch up with an old friend, or even just dancing/singing in your room alone to a silly song, is invaluable to your mental health and happiness. “Me” time is a precious commodity.
Oh, and greek yogurt. Buy it and eat it, especially the honey-flavored kind. Mmm.