Whether it's your freshman year in college or it's your senior year, the first day of college can always be nerve-wracking. You may meet the same people in your class, the same professors…it may be a familiar place…or everything might be new to you – sometimes you can't help the jitters because chances are, you don't always know what to expect. The unknown is quite scary a lot of times. However, there are ways to overcome your jitters and here are some tips.
1. Be Grateful
Pretty much everything in life is all about attitude. Forbes published an article back in November 2014 about the 7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Having a Grateful Attitude. Two that stuck with me the most in the list were: it will be improve your self esteem and it will increase mental strength. If you have a grateful attitude, it gives you a better outlook in life and helps you put education in perspective, its benefits and relationships that you will make, whether you're an introvert or an extrovert. No matter how fearful college is for you: Be grateful. Be grateful that you were accepted in that college or university. Be grateful that you were approved for that student loan. Be grateful that you have a family that support you. Be grateful that you're moving towards fulfilling your dreams.
2. Talk Yourself Into Positivity
Fear can easily drag us to negativity – as if fear itself isn't negative. Yes, the fact of the matter is, college can be scary. There's usually a lot of things going on that can pull us in so many different directions and sometimes confusion can arise. However, learning how to encourage yourself and talk yourself into positivity is the key to overcoming any fear or discouragement you might have in this journey. Write on sticky notes any positive notes that speak to you and put them wherever you can see them – it could be on a page of a notebook, your laptop or iPad, or corkboard. Most of all, bear them in your heart and mind.
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Surround yourself with positive quotes like these! Put them in every corner in your dorm room if you can. Having positive little sayings like "Reach for the stars!" or "Find your bliss" or "Be happy always!" help in getting over your jitters in any situation.
3. Be Prepared
Being nervous is pretty normal but sometimes being unprepared for something causes us to be nervous than we normally should. One effective thing that always helps me be prepared is to have a list of To Do things. It's a simple, proven strategy, that most of us tend to overlook. By having a list of the things that you need to do prepares you psychologically and helps you manage your time well. Having a planner definitely helps. Also, writing down your goals and expectations on a particular semester will give you clarity but do not be closed-minded about your expectations that anything that falls out of it will throw you off.
A lot of times, having a list of the little things that you need, such as your beauy essentials, can relieve you stress. You know how we women can tend to stress about little things sometimes. I know for me personally, if for whatever reason, I missed something in my routine such as shaving my legs, it can throw me off the whole day. That's why I make sure I have a stock of Schick Quattro disposable razors at home and when traveling. It's just a part of my routine that adds to my confidence all day.
What do you usually do to overcome your college jitters? Share some of your tips!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick®. The opinions and text are all mine.