Updated: Feb 17, 2020
Welcome to the very first University Loft blog! We are a big advocate for living the best life possible. While we consider ourselves a catalyst to living your best life, ultimately it begins and ends with you. So, let's get down to business, read on.
1. Invest in yourself
Being a student, you are already investing in yourself - congratulations! Before we get out the virgin mimosas and french toast muffins, let’s remember that it doesn’t end here. Investing in you goes far beyond being a student. It’s a great starting point, but the moment we stop learning and growing as individuals is the day we begin living a life that “could have been”. Before you say, “wait, I can’t live my best life if I don’t invest in myself now”. Not even close. You can be eighty-eight years old and start living your best life. But, why wait until were older to be the best version of ourselves? Better yet, why even wait until after graduation? Start now by finding new hobbies, traveling more, doing things that you haven’t tried before or just building upon your current experiences. Do it and do it now. Or as the scholar Shia LaBeouf once stated, “Just do it”.
2. Be you and forget the rest
College can be tough, and I am not just talking about the late nights and early mornings. There are many pressures that come with being a college student. From year one, most of us get put into a random room with a stranger. As we are coping with this new transition, we are told to choose a major. Don’t worry though, the effects of our decision only last the remainder of our lives. By the way, whatever career you just chose, you need to make sure you keep a certain grade level. It will only decide where you get to go next. Needless to say, this is how I was feeling after me first semester of college. 👇 Barely holding on.
On top of this, we then have all the outside pressures that come with being a student. Clubs, friends, family, sororities, fraternities, and the list goes on. The worst thing we could do in this situation is not be true to ourselves. Do what makes you happy. Be the person you want to be. Don’t pretend to be someone else to fit into a club, friend group, or whatever social or professional setting it may be. You can’t live your best life if you are living someone else’s.
3. Focus on what matters
Say it with me now. FORGET WORRYING ABOUT THE LITTLE THINGS. Screw them. Leave them in the past where they belong. I heard a saying recently that went something like, “If it won’t matter five years from now, it’s not worth 5 minutes of your time”. Your time as a college student is limited, don’t waste it worrying about life events, people, or mistakes that have no effect on your life tomorrow. Instead, use your time to focus on studies, current relationships, and for those of us who need it – sleep.
4. Live outside your comfort zone
Some of our best memories come from when we push ourselves outside our comfort zones. However, before you go jumping out of a plane or riding in a barrel over Niagara falls (Yes it is a thing. Look it up), I want to be clear that I don't mean you need to be chasing these huge, adrenaline seeking activities. Instead, we need to do the things that we normally wouldn't out of fear of rejection, judgement, or failure. We need to realize that these insecurities and short sighted feelings will not matter tomorrow. Literally, we have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
*Quick note: DO NOT ride over a waterfall in a barrel. You'll probably die, and you can't live your best life if your dead. 🤷♂️
5. Always move forward
Look, you don’t need me to say that no matter what we do, we will have tough times in our lives. It’s a given. The difference between someone who lives their best lives and those who don’t is that the latter knows how to move past the hard times. They have built the tools necessary to move past them. They have invested in themselves and developed a lifestyle that focuses on their emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. They have developed true, lifelong relationships because they were true to themselves. They know to focus on what will matter in the future and won’t get bogged down by the little things that go wrong. Most importantly they keep moving forward with new experiences leaving the past in the past where it belongs.
That's it. I've got nothing else for you. Thanks for reading the first University Loft blog post! We are excited to continue to bring monthly content for your viewership pleasure directly to the screen of your choice. Until then, as SpongeBob eloquently puts it, "I'm outta here".