We go to college to learn mega loads of information intended to prepare us for our future careers. But college isn’t simply a data dump. It is the end of parental supervision and a major lifestyle change. In high school, our time, activities, eating, and sleeping patterns are usually pretty structured. But the move into college can translate into a mass of free time that ends up being frittered away doing nothing much of anything. Then the demands of school hit and all of a sudden the only way to keep your head above water seems to be all-night cramfests and pizza banquets, topped off with double espressos and Mountain Dew to keep you going the next day. It can really get to be exhausting.
Many people think of wellness as eating right and exercise. While these are important components for your health, there is a lot more that goes into a person’s overall wellbeing. Lets take a look at some of the major problems college students report.
Young adults need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night. A poll taken by the National Sleep foundation found that most young adults get only 6.8 hours of sleep a night. That means they are chronically sleep deprived. Sleep deprivation leads to a lowered immune system, difficulty with long term memory, and possible depression. Here are some tips for a better night’s sleep:
The difference between an “A” student and a “C” student may not be due to intelligence, but how wisely each uses their time. You can manage your time by planning a schedule. Figure out what activities you have to do and what activities you want to do. Your schedule should include time for fun as well as work. Here are some tips:
Your roommate isn’t always going to be your best friend. If you expect that, and they aren’t, it can be a big letdown. You might stay up late, while they go to bed early. You may be a neat freak, and they leave so many piles everywhere you can’t walk without hearing a crunch beneath your feet. But if you both communicate respectfully, things usually work out. Issues that really need to be talked about right off the bat include:
Don’t wait until you’re so mad that you’re ready to blow. That will lead to fighting and hard feelings. Talk about an issue as SOON as it comes up.
To get along with your roommate:
It’s widely recognized that heavy drinking doesn’t exactly boost your intellect. Most people figure that their booze-induced foolishness wears off after the hangover is gone. But, even limited stints of overindulgence may have long-term effects. So it’s important to know your limits, eat before you drink, alternate alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, and look out for your friends. The Centers for Disease Control defines heavy drinking as more than two drinks daily for men and more than one drink daily for women (one drink = 1 shot of liquor, 1 can of beer, or 4 ounces of wine). Here are some other facts about alcohol:
A recent Tufts University survey found that 50% of students eat too much fat. New research conducted by the National Institute of Aging indicated people who eat high-fat diets and high-fat/high-sugar diets damage their ability to learn and remember. So eat yourself smart, not stupid. Here’s how:
Suddenly it’s crunch time. Thinking about all you have to do before finals can seriously stress you out. Having a game plan can help you avoid stress and substantially increase your chance for success. Here are some tips:
Are you one of the more than 100 million Americans that regularly fail to get a good nights sleep?
There are many causes for insomnia, most include:
By: Carol Chisholm LCPC LAC
Previous Associate Director of Counseling
The topic for this article came to me on the heels of a conversation I recently had with a group of students. A common frustration they shared ....how do I begin to make myself heard and understood and taken seriously by adults....particularly parents? I immediately identified with their struggle at that age and at any age when we are confronted with "senior thought."
As young adults, you are emerging from adolescence and beginning to take on your adult self ...albeit still a "young self." Granted, there are some clear limitations to that history and experience . 0k...let's just put the argument you are going to hear anyway....you've only walked the planet for 18 to 22 years! Doesn't this count for something? I'm here to say, yes, of course it does!!!
This is the dilemma of parents and their offspring.... they must separate; not just physically but psychologically. A young adult needs to learn and grow through their own dilemmas and, yes, perhaps make mistakes along the way. I call these "learning experiences." They also might just come up with some exceptionally creative ways...perhaps even brilliant ways... of solving life problems if given the chance to challenge ideas that have fossilized and stand in the way of progress.
Yes, parents still pay the bills and have some influence in my life....but does that give them the right to own my thinking? No, it doesn't. Not unless you intend to be an indentured servant for the rest of your life.
So how do you begin a dialogue with these terrifying folks called "parents"? These are the ones you also love, respect, and are grateful for the many sacrifices they have made for you. In fact, you may use these very arguments to decide that you don't have a right to address your concerns. The problem with that argument is that while you are busy addressing your loyalty to your parents and your respect for them....you, at the same time, are ignoring an important loyalty to the self. This is never an easy task....as we grow, the differences between what we want and what our parents might want for us can deepen. Although this may seem like an impossible chasm, the only way to bridge it is to begin a dialogue that opens up the differences. There is no magic answer in how to do this...it requires some inner strength that you may have to develop in yourself.....things like courage and staying calm in the face of disagreement. Since I don't have a magic bullet, I can only encourage you to try.
The only way one becomes "self" is to begin to establish clear and defined statements about who you are and who you intend to become. This is not to be confused with self centeredness or a "my way or the high way" approach to relationships. This is really the process of how we become mature selves who speak with authority. If you want to be taken seriously, then you must begin to take yourself seriously by honoring your own convictions.