Have Fun, but be Aware
Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 16:09
We all know school can be a drag and things can pile up into a huge heap of a to-do list. We all know there are people to meet, parties to socialize at, tests that test our sanity and above all, attempting to not get so stressed out all the time. Here are a few suggestions to help keep your head on straight throughout the semester and to keep focused.
I know it’s just the beginning. College life is quite the ride along the way, but you have to be smarter than the average bear. Money is always a huge stress to many on campus with bills piling up, trying to figure out how much plasma to donate in a month’s time or how many hours you have to spend on someone else’s time clock. Having had to pinch many pennies myself, I have learned that if you plan your day accordingly and pack a lunch you can save up to $50 a week. And hey, instead of spending $4 on a cup of coffee, you can definitely spend $8 on a can of ground up coffee. You can get endless cups out of buying in bulk, and it’s not a bad perk that you can bring your own special brew.
Maintaining a social life can be extremely difficult and stressful if all you do is go to class, study, work, go home, shower, study and pass out. Make sure you make time to actually breathe and smile once in a while. School is such a small part of our lives that before we blink, half the year or half of your degree is already done. Enjoy it while you can, and spend time with those that make you grin. You never know what moments you might miss while you’re getting too far ahead of yourself. Always make time for your enjoyment as well as others’. And always remember to BREATHE.
GO TO THE BISON GAMES! Support your fellow Bison and watch our teams kick some major butt. And let us not forget our fantastic marching band that puts grueling hours into the music and marches to show off to everyone. Get a picture with Thundar, watch the NDSU cheerleaders get tossed up into the air and cheer for our team. Go buy a hot dog or ice cream and linger through tailgating and see all the neat rides people deck out in Bison pride. There’s so much to do and see at the games and a lot of interesting things to experience.
Although there are many good things about campus life to experience, there are a few cautions that should be taken seriously. Parties, theft, assaults and many other issues can definitely occur and everyone should be very aware. Being on your cell phone and having your ear buds in can really hinder you from keeping yourself safe, especially at night. You can never be too careful although you are in a pretty solid area. Keep in mind to lock your bikes, never leave any valuables unattended and show that you are aware of your surroundings. As we all know, there are always parties going on in some form or another. No matter what age or gender you are, never lose sight of your drinks or food. Be careful who you go with and ALWAYS use the buddy system when going from point A to point B.
Keep up on your studies. You’re paying for the credits and taking the time so you might as well stick it out. Get yourself educated and abuse the daylights out of the opportunity called school that many choose not to embark on or don’t have the option to sign up. Again, school is a very brief period of your life and you leave with friends you’ll have the rest of your life if not just for a few months. There is always something new to learn every single day. You do yourself a huge favor by starting strong and finishing strong. Studying each subject an hour or 30 minutes a day can go a longer way than you think, and near the end of the semester stress levels won’t almost kill you.
Don’t forget to treat yourselves once in a while, budget that green, keep a head’s up in your adventures and be aware, go to the games, and study as hard as you play, own your life and remember to breathe! Good luck with your semester fellow Bison.
Suzy is a junior majoring in music.