By: Anna Natrakul (CAS ’22)
These are some things that I’ve learned throughout my time at BU, and I wish it wouldn’t have taken me this long to really embrace these tips!
Enjoy where you are right now
Be present in the moment without always planning for the next thing. Intentionally make time for moments of reflecting on how far you’ve come, whether this is by talking with an old friend, taking a walk, or journaling.
Sleep is NOT for the weak
Seriously, even if you might feel fine at the time, sleeping only a few hours per night is not something that you should be okay with or proud of. Create tangible sleep goals and hold yourself accountable!
Be more open to uncertainty
Don’t underestimate all the amazing people and opportunities that you will meet just by being willing to explore new things.
Say “yes” more…
Say yes to joining that club, meeting new people, and just in general putting yourself out of your comfort zone!
… but also know when to say no
Don’t put pressure on yourself to commit to things that you’re not excited about.
Spend some quality time outside every day
Yes! And don’t trick yourself into thinking that this isn’t “productive” enough for you (after all, being outdoors truly is productive for your physical and mental health).
It’s okay to live by a schedule, as long as your schedule includes time for you to relax
Regularly make time for the things that you enjoy but aren’t required to do. Try sleeping in, reading a book, catching up with family, or enjoying your favorite food.
Remember that you’re still learning
Soon you’ll look back and be amazed at all that you learned and how you grew in such a short period of time. Don’t be so hard on yourself and celebrate every small victory!
Be kind to yourself (seriously), and let your actions show it
Don’t only go out of your way to do nice things for others; also do nice things for yourself! And I mean REALLY treat yourself. Go to that symphony concert or ballet show you’ve been dying to see, go out for dinner after a difficult exam, take a break and have that movie night with friends.
By putting these tips into action, one thing I was able to do was create this painting of the Boston skyline (it’s the view from the 9th floor study lounge of Kilachand Hall) last summer. Making art has always been meaningful to me, but I hadn’t allowed myself the time nor space to truly enjoy it in a very long time. I hope that this advice can similarly encourage you as well!
Photo/Painting © Anna Natrakul 2022