So after reading the title, you may be thinking to yourself, “what in the world is she talking about now?” And your question would be right—the title does require some explanation. Shower your way to college success is merely my way of saying no matter how busy it gets, you should still try to keep some routine in your life.
College is a ton of fun, and it is a ton of work. You have to work hard to succeed in your classes, but you also have to work at maintaining relationships, friendships, and a school/life balance. As I have said before, college is about more than just classes. And for those on the opposite end of the spectrum, college is about more than just having fun.
Sometimes in college things will get crazy. Whether it is exam week or fraternity and sorority greek week, there will be times when things are more crazy than normal. It is during these times especially that you need to shower your way to college success. When things get busy it is easy to get out of your routine and let things slack off, but, for your sanity and functionality, you need to keep some routine in your life.
Everyone has heard of pulling all-nighters in college to prepare for tests or to write papers, and how you probably should not do it. For example, last year, a girl passed out, convulsing on the floor during one of my exams. We found out later that not only had she not slept, but she had also not eaten in a few days. She had been concentrating on studying so much that she forgot to eat.
So let the examples of others lead the way. Here are some things you can do so you won’t risk your health while busy with school or extracurricular activities:
- Schedule some study breaks so you can eat meals or snacks—and it should not always be ordering pizza. Try to get some healthy foods in there at some point. Your body will thank you for it!
- Don’t pull all-nighters. I know this is easier said than done, but, really it is miserable. Force yourself to prepare more than a day in advance. While it may not be fun, it is essential for your health and sanity.
- Take study breaks at least every three hours, and maybe more often than that. Read Cosmo; watch Sports Center; walk your dog; play a video game with your roommate; just do something to get your mind off studying for a little while. You will be glad you did.
- Review your material once quickly right before you go to bed. My mom always told me that that is when your subconscious works on it. I have no idea if that is true, but it has worked for me.
- And, as the title suggests, don’t forget to shower. For me, showering can provide a much needed study break, or a way to wake me up in the morning before a big test (especially if I did stay up too late the night before). And of course, your roommates and everyone you interact with will be thankful you did.