What I've Learned This Year
Hello '22s! As you get ready for your next year, here's some things to keep in mind from a '21 who was very recently in your shoes:
- No. 1
Pursue the things you want to do.
Don't join an organization simply because it's a resume-builder... take that time to get really involved in something you actually love. You might even find that the things you're passionate about can become even better resume-builders.
- No. 2
Grades matter, but not as much as you think.
Failing one exam won't ruin your life. I promise! Take a deep breath and study better (not neccessarily harder) for the next one. In the meantime, take some time to yourself or some close friends to destress and have fun.
- No. 3
Dedicate most of your time to those closest to you.
(Pictured) A few of my closest friends at Dartmouth. On my birthday, they blindfolded me and guided me down to Connecticut River for a surprise picnic.
Spending a little amount of time with a lot of people doesn't pay off anywhere close to spending a lot of time with a few people.
- No. 4
Professors are your friends!
Seriously. They might be incredibly intelligent people, but they're still people. Go to their office hours, take them out to lunch... just talk to them. Beyond doing basically anything to help you succeed, they love a good conversation just as much as you.
- No. 5
Call home once a week.
(Pictured) Whenever I Facetime my parents, I get to see my beloved baby boy, Apollo.
Set a few minutes aside once every week or so to call someone you love. You'll miss home, I promise.
- No. 6
Don't pass up on a bonding experience to study.
(Pictured) I traded a weekend of prepping for a final project to go to Montreal with friends. While that project was subpar, I forgot about it immediately after I presented it; meanwhile, that weekend in Montreal was one of the highlights of my winter. Obviously, grades are important; just don't let your GPA get in the way of your life (refer to #2).
- No. 7
- No. 8
...and don't forget about your mental well-being too.
Take some time to yourself or some close friends. If you're stressed and studying, take a night off. On the other hand, cancel plans if you just want a night in. Be careful not to use I just don't feel like it as an excuse too often though. It's all about balance.
- No. 9
Don't forget to do your laundry.
One morning, you'll be thankful that you did your laundry and have a pair of clean socks to wear.
- No. 10
Enjoy your own company.
(Pictured) I spent a day painting this on a frat wall during finals week winter term.
Don't be afraid of being alone! Sometimes, walking, eating, or just generally being alone beats having company; it gives me time to think and relax.