zeldathemes
Helpful tips to help you survive the independent college years. We all know it's hard letting go (well maybe some of us don't care), regardless, I'm here to take this lovely journey with you! My name is Katrina and I am the founder of this blog. I'm attending Roosevelt University and am super excited to live in the Windy City! Please don't stalk me, but feel free to ask questions and submit your own advice, stories, etc.
Young Adults Adjusting to Life

Short Rhymes About College

-Going into debt, for a class that I don’t get.
-Sleeping all the time, passing out by nine.
-Studying for class, just hoping to pass.
-Typing in my seat, forgot I need to eat.
-Watching favorite show, look at those seasons go.
-Everyone is sick, don’t touch me or I’ll kick.
-Pre-reqs are a bore, they make my head so sore.

solar-citrus:

You would be surprised with how many people in your life could be going through depression at this very moment.  People hide it like a paper bag over their heads out of fear of being judged, made fun of, seen as weak, or just not taken seriously.  Depression should not be taken lightly, it holds us down from our purpose and potential in life.  Those who tell you that it doesn’t exist have never experienced depression in their life, therefore not understanding the symptoms and how it’s something that cannot be fixed in a day!  So if you think you are depressed or if you think you know someone else who is, please talk to a friend, a family member, or anyone else in your life that you trust - never overlook the possibility of seeing a doctor for more professional help!!  Your feelings are real, your feelings are shared upon millions.  Don’t hide it, talk to someone about it.  With the right help, you can rediscover your confidence and begin life anew with our undying love and support!

We are right here!!

This is wonderful. This is why the anon button is great, if you’re not comfortable with revealing yourself quite yet but want support it is 100% there. And hey, if you say answer privately because you want to keep it one on one, then my pleasure. Though it happens to everyone, college students can fall badly into depression because of the sudden change in everything. But tumblr is here, and other blogs who reblog this are here, and I’m also here<3 so if you seek help, you shall receive along with the 175,000+ blogs that post this.

For all my cute followers, and the mistakes we all make

kingtrinbago:

The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread

saturdaystudying:

roachpatrol:

cornflakepizza:

{ this is a skill i’ve been using a lot lately, thought i’d share :) }

     {  Distress Tolerance Skill: Coloring Mandalas

PRE-PREP

     1}   go to www.printmandala.com and print a couple of mandalas that you like. (you can also find some on google images.)
     2}   buy set of colored pencils or markers if you don’t have them. more colors = better
     3}   buy a clipboard if you wanna lie in bed and color.
     4}   set these aside and ready to go so they are easily accessible when you are distressed

HOW TO USE DURING DISTRESS

     1}   choose a mandala from your pre-printed stash
     2}   set a timer (phone is good) for 30 minutes
     3}   color it with ur markers or pencils. i prefer pencils.
     4}   optional: play an audiobook or music while coloring. make sure it’s not sad music.
     5}   when timer goes off, stop coloring. ask yourself, what level is my distress right now? if still high, set timer for another 30 minutes and keep coloring. if tolerable, stop coloring and do thing you want to do.
     6}   repeat as needed until distress is tolerable

WHY IT WORKS

     coloring patterns is distracting enough to pull your attention away from negative thoughts/emotions, but mandalas are also repetitive so you can kind of “zone out” while coloring. it feels good being able to create something and you feel a sense of competency or confidence. there’s no competitive aspect to it so you can just do the activity without having to worry about doing it perfect or right or better than anyone else. it can remind you of a simpler time when all that was expected of you was coloring. :) it is easy and almost everyone can do it.

TIPS

    — stick to the timer. even though you want to keep coloring when it goes off, stop once you finish the segment you’re on and put the pencil down. tell yourself you can come back and finish it after you do the thing you’re putting off.

    — you can do this activity without using a timer, especially if you don’t have anything planned for the rest of the day and aren’t using this to distract from a task :)) 

    — practice coloring during times when you’re not distressed, so that when you need to use this skill it will be easier and more “automatic”. i can’t stress this enough. even though coloring is really simple, it’s much better for the activity to feel familiar so that you can easily use it during distress. so if you can practice it during normal times it’ll help u. think of it as homework if you have to — you are building up a memory muscle.

    — if you feel guilty because you’re “wasting time” doing a “childish activity”, remind urself that ur doing this for your mental health, that this is an established skill recommended by top psychotherapists, and that calming down your distress so you can actually *do* the stuff you’re worried about (rather than procrastinating all day about the thing and not actually doing it) is the opposite of wasting time. remember that practicing this skill even when you’re not distressed is HOMEWORK, not optional time wasting thing. also, taking care of ur mental health is not a frivolous activity. it’s very important and crucial to a happy successful life.

I’d like to add that coloring inside the lines neatly and skillfully is something that impresses the fuck out of most artists. Yes, even professional working artists. I have seen artists genuinely lose their shit with admiration when someone could color inside all the lines (sometimes that artist is me). SO if you’re coloring and thinking ‘this is dumb i’m not an artist i bet an artist would laugh at me’ be assured most artists would actually be hooting enviously at you and then asking to borrow your crayons.

I second this method so hard! I had an oral exam before the summer and I was getting pretty freaking stressed out. I ended drawing a complex grid of lines all over a page in my notebook, and then colour in the entire thing. Most of the people in my class thought I was insane, but it was amazing how much it helped!

Could you make a list of your favourite / some random cool college studyblrs? Loove your blog!! xx

Anonymous

Hi lovely anon,

I don’t have a lot of study/college blogs that I follow, usually posts just come from blogs that I like for other reasons other than college! But here are the ones I follow that I love-love-LOVE! (also I’m a pre-med major so you might not find some of them that interesting).

And that’s basically all college/medicine related things I follow and the collection grows as I find more cool blogs! Thank you for your compliment! Stay awesome! [:

Hi i just started my first BA Chinese.I thought that would be a good choice for me (& so did my dad who wanted me to do smth with languages)But i feel sick going to class. I want to do smth with art cause that's where my heart lays. What should i do?

Hey, you should be really glad you figured this out now before starting a career in something you hate. It’s okay to switch things you study, you want to make sure you’re happy instead of hating what you do. 

First I would suggest talking to your dad, explaining to him how you feel and that you don’t want to peruse Chinese for the rest of your life or you’ll be very unhappy. He should be understanding of that. If he’s still upset with your decision, suggest possibly minoring in Chinese instead, so you still have something in languages, but it won’t be your main focus in life. 

If you want to peruse something with arts then go for it! I’m not sure if you’re speaking literature art, or art as in working with a certain medium. Either way there is lots of options and possibilities and you could do some online research with what a possible career in the future could be.  

If you don’t find this helpful, I would definitely suggest talking to your universities adviser or your favorite professor. Explain to them your situation and see what they think your next step should be. 

Good luck! [:

Everyday after class

Everyday after class

So this guy in my bio class who I really dislike raises his hand to state his opinion on a current topic, so I’m like:

AND THEN HE STATES THAT WE SHOULD STOP LOOKING FOR CURES ON ILLNESSES LIKE CANCER AND FOCUS ON LEARNING HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM BETTER BUT NOT BOTHER GETTING RID OF THEM!!!

EVEN THE PROFESSOR IS LIKE

AND HE’S COMPLETELY SERIOUS AND KEEPS TALKING! AND JUST:

Just…