Kerri Zbodula is a college senior at the University of New Haven, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. Kerri is focused on Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing. Kerri joined the campus radio station, WNHU 88.7 FM her freshman year and hosted online broadcast with friends. She also has written articles for the campus newspaper The Charger Bulletin. In addition, Kerri continues to manage the social media for the nonprofit organization The Circle of Care, which helps support kids and their families fighting cancer. Kerri enjoys going to music festivals, exercising, and being a relationship therapist to her friends! She’s planning on going to graduate school next fall at NYIT on Long Island to get her masters degree in Public Relations and Advertising.
So, you just graduated high school. Congratulations! Now you get to enjoy the rest of the summer, carefree, without papers due or homework assignments.
Once you leave for college, you are excited, scared, and nervous. This is completely normal; every incoming freshman is feeling the same exact way as you. Remember, everyone wants to make friends!
As a college senior, I’ve made a list of things that I have found everyone should do in college in order to gain the best experience possible!
Number one. Study abroad.
I personally never studied abroad. But I can’t lie; this was my biggest regret. The option to study abroad is such a great opportunity that one shouldn’t pass up.
Why didn’t I study abroad?
Unfortunately, and NOW I say unfortunately, I had a boyfriend throughout my first three years of college. At the time, I couldn’t imagine being far away from him. And here comes the bad part…. he wanted to stay on campus. I wanted to be with him, so I thought that staying on campus would be the best move. Wrong.
If you have the chance to study abroad, get a group of your friends and study abroad together. It is such an amazing and rare opportunity to pass up. You may miss your boyfriend/girlfriend while you are away, but you will be with your friends having the time of your life, exploring different countries together, making amazing memories, and gaining a great experience.
Number two. Join a club, make different groups of friends!
Joining a club is great for multiple reasons. It helps you create friendships with different types of people, while helping you discover what you may be interested in once you get out of college. And it looks great on a resume! By getting involved and gaining hands on experience with other students who are in the same boat as you, you will all grow together while doing something you love. Besides, getting out of your dorm room and going on campus is always a good thing. You never know what connections you might make until you get out and go! By making diverse groups of friends, you will have different options to escape to.
Number three. Make lists
When coming to college and beginning all of your classes, it can be stressful. Time management is always an important part of succeeding in college! One thing that I always found helpful was to make a daily list of the things I needed to accomplish. By the end of the day when everything was crossed off, it left such a rewarding feeling.
When crossing off each event one by one, I felt productive, happy, and motivated! Crossing off things on my list keeps me going until everything is done.
Making lists has also really improved my overall mood during the school week. It doesn’t have to just be homework assignments; it could be making calls to family members friends or even going to the gym!
Number four. Exercise!
When beginning your freshman year, one can be feeling many kinds of emotions. Whether they are good or bad, it is always a great idea to get your butt to the gym! Sweating all the stress out and feeling those natural endorphins is always a great mood enhancer. At the University of New Haven, my gym offered multiple kinds of gym classes, all targeting different areas of the body! I always loved the classes and took advantage of them. At any other gym, if you want to take a class, it’s expensive! At your campus gym, they offer many great classes weekly, and for FREE! And hey, we all know that when we work on our body and see results, nothing can beat that feeling. If you don’t want to go alone, ask a friend to go with you. A little extra motivation is always good! Exercising at college will begin to improve your overall mood and attitude.
College students, push your boundaries and study abroad to get amazing hands on experiences that you cannot gain in a classroom. Join a club to really discover your interests, while make lasting friendships in the process. Make lists to be productive, and enjoy the pleasure that comes from feeling accomplished. And finally, get to the gym to relieve your stress while feeling and looking great in the end. This is college; have as much fun as you can while gaining all you need to succeed in the future.