Stay Happy in College: 3 Things To Remember

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift; that’s why they call it the present.” —Eleanor Roosevelt


As students, we find it easy to complain about college.

Too much homework. Difficult tests. Work. Projects we barely finish.

As a freshman, I’m starting to get a taste of what all of the upperclassmen have already figured out: college isn't easy.

You probably have a bazillion things to study for at the moment and are currently functioning on four hours of sleep and forty-eight ounces of coffee. But college is so much more than that! Whenever you feel like you’re drowning in the sea of anxiety, remember these things. 

College grows you.

College isn't a breeze. There will be challenges. Your endurance will be tested. But even though stress, anxiety, and frustration can get you down, don’t dwell in the difficulty—allow the hard times to grow you and choose joy even when you don’t feel like it. Remember, there’s no time in life quite as exciting as college. So decide to stay happy through the growing pains.

 You don’t get these years back.

You make more memories in these few years than any other part of your life. As time passes on, remember the crazy stuff you did with roommates after lights out. Those hilarious moments at the dinner table. Your collegian adventures. Or, the awesome weekends on the beautiful Pensacola Beach.

Spend time enjoying the high moments of college instead of dreading the low.

The things you do and the people you do them with will be ingrained in your mind far more than any test grade.

There are people you know at Pensacola Christian College that you would never have met if you had not come here. Take some time to ponder the friendships you have started and strengthened.

 Opportunities are everywhere.

Because you are at PCC, someone else has been strengthened by your love and encouragement. Or, if you go out on Christian Service, maybe you have been able to share the gospel with a lost person. The countless opportunities offered to you at college should excite you!

As you trudge through the daily craziness of responsibilities, don’t forget that this college experience is so much more than an education. It is an opportunity that you will remember forever.

I hope you do the best you can in school. I hope you work hard and get the degree you deserve. But more than anything, I hope you never let the stress of keeping up with classes make you lose your joy in college.

These are the best years of your life. Live them to the fullest.

The thoughts and opinions expressed in Life in the Nest are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Pensacola Christian College.
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