I’m Mel and am currently a senior at Sam Houston State University. My major is Graphic Design with a double minor in English and Communication Studies. I am in the Honors College, currently working on my undergraduate thesis, President of the Honors Student Advisory Council, a member and Historian in the Alpha Chi National Honors Society, marketing chair for the SHSU Undergraduate Research Symposium, on the leadership team for the Baptist Student Ministry. I also have worked in the Honors College office for two and a half years as their student assistant who manages all print and publications, website, and writes, designs, and is student editor of the newsletter “The Dialogue.”
Ok, so, before you read this, let me just advise you…maintaining sanity is absolutely an oxymoron in college. And you know what? That’s ok. Just let me introduce myself really quick and then we can discuss this insane concept of maintaining sanity.
*Takes a deep breath in*
If it helps, I was one of those homeschooled kids that everyone looks weirdly at for saying she started college at 16. I’m also one of those annoying overachievers, who actually enjoys school and maintaining a true and lasting relationship with her professors.
All right, so now that you have a brief backstory on my college career, let’s get back to the real pressing issue: MAINTAIN YOUR SANITY. Seems massively hypocritical once I list that whole soliloquy above, right? But hey, college is that time in life where you learn to be an adult…and part of that is growing up and realizing that life is crazy, hectic, and always changing and it’s our job to adapt or fade out.
At one point in time (or consistently), your sanity is going to be tested and re-tested in college. And you know what, you’re going to go insane. And that’s ok.
Here’s why: losing your mind and going crazy is what separates the best from the rest because how you deal with it is what will carry you through life. As a college kid, you’re supposed to experience the stress, extreme fatigue, the good times, the bad times, and the extreme panic attack when you don’t bring your scantron for the final exam. This is the part of life where you are in training for the future. Now, I’m not saying that we all need to stress out consistently or have a ton of meltdowns during college because that’s definitely an unhealthy strategy for life. But what I am saying is that you need to develop some tools in your arsenal in order to maintain good, solid, healthy habits that will follow you into your career.
1) Learn to worry in a good way. It’s good to care about your grades, its good to care about your future. This will keep you on your toes and lead you toward success.
2) Learn to work hard despite the people you’re working for and with. Without fail, you’re going to have a few crappy teachers or crappy group mates that make that whole school concept ridiculous. Keep chugging along and do your best no matter what.
3) Learn to have fun in the midst of all the crazy. Keep in good humor because learning to laugh at yourself and your mistakes is a great skill that will keep you from going crazy when everything gets pear-shaped.
So with that knowledge, go out and enjoy the crazy insanity that can be college life!