Best college experience

FOMO, or the “fear of missing out”, usually has a negative connotation associated with it. People who suffer from FOMO are often viewed as insecure, jealous individuals who are obsessed with social media. However, I can speak from personal experience when I say that FOMO is not always necessarily a bad thing. Because I’m afraid to miss out on a good time, I never say “no” to an adventure. Although I’m only a sophomore in college, I already have quite the collection of memories that I’ve gathered from always being the person who would tag along without any questions or concerns about where I was going or what the plan was. My advice to all college students is that everyone should catch a case of FOMO and go collect some memories of their own. I completely agree that the most important reason to go to college is to get an education, but that isn’t the only reason to go to college. College is the time to live however you want to live while you’re no longer under your parents’ roof and before you’re forced out into the real world to get an adult job. College is the one time that you’ll be living in a town that is composed mostly of people in the 18-22 age demographic, so take advantage of this opportunity and go out and meet your husband or wife or most importantly, your bridesmaids or groomsmen. I get that you’re busy. Trust me, as Philanthropy Chair of my sorority, writer for my campus newspaper, member of the American Sign Language Club and Public Relations Student Society of America, and participant in intramurals and Spring Sing, I get that scheduling is hard. But scheduling is something that you have to learn to lead a happy, successful life even after you graduate from college. And unfortunately, the nights that you have to stay in to try to catch up on some sleep or do homework are definitely an essential part of college, make sure that these nights don’t outnumber the ones that you spend with friends and doing things that you actually want to be doing. Even though you can watch an entire episode of Friends on Netflix in one night, I guarantee that once you graduate college, you’ll have fonder memories from the nights that you actually spent with real friends. It can be a hard balance to manage schoolwork, jobs, extracurricular activities, and your social life, but once you find that balance I can guarantee that you’ll have the best college experience. As you try to find this balance, you might realize that you can actually survive on way less than the recommended eight hours of sleep every night. So seize the day, seize the night, and seize every moment because in the words of Lucille Ball, “I’d rather regret the things I have done than the things that I haven’t.” Now get off the computer, there are people out there having fun without you so go find them.

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