September 12, 2019 at 12:45pm
Sophia Schwalbach '19, MBA Fast Track Candidate '20

A health guide for busy college students

College is a demanding time when students have to juggle many things including classes, studying, athletics and maintaining a social life. Sometimes students get so caught up in these aspects they forget to take care of themselves. It's an important time to develop healthy habits because they can impact your studies and hard work.

We compiled some healthy living tips to help you perform your best during your Big Blue experience.

1. Go to Bed Earlier

It's very uncommon for college students to have a regular time that they go to bed. Often they are surviving on power naps and Starbucks to get through their day, and falling asleep at 3 a.m. While you can survive on a schedule like this, you won't work to your full potential. Ensuring that you are getting eight hours of sleep is vital. Instead of taking power naps and spending hours avoiding your homework scrolling through Instagram during the day, utilize the pockets of your day that you have free to study, socialize and finish homework. That way when you are heading to bed, you can fall asleep knowing that you had a productive, fulfilling day.

2. Find Time for You

Often people find themselves not achieving their goals because they are burned out and exhausted. They feel as though they never have time for the activities that they enjoy. What is actually happening is that they are not prioritizing making time for those joyful activities. For some people this could be committing to a yoga class every week, finding a few hours to have a jam session with your bros, or maybe it's simply reading a book and drinking coffee. Whatever your happy time is, you have to make time for it consistently every week.

3. Surround Yourself with People Who Respect Your Goals

Surrounding yourself with fellow students or colleagues who support you and your goals will make it easier to achieve them. They will be there to hold you accountable and motivate you to succeed because they genuinely want you to.

4. Write Your Goals Down and Keep Them In Places Where You Will See Them

Studies show that when your write things down you are more likely to remember them. Doing this with your goals will remind yourself of your personal priorities. Strategically placing them in locations where you will see them (i.e. bathroom mirror, dashboard of your car, on your computer monitor) will serve as a constant reminder of what you are working towards.

5. Give Yourself Time

Major goals do not happen overnight. Staying patient and working hard will pay off in the end. One of the biggest mistakes a person can make is getting frustrated with slow results and giving up. Don't do this! Achieve your goals, one day at a time.