Tip 1: Have Realistic Expectations
It’s good to think positively about how life in college should feel. But believing your time in college should absolutely be “the best years of your life” can be a real set-up for feeling disappointed in the moment. College is not a magic fairyland where you are protected from experiencing the normal ups and downs of life. Accept the fact that there may be times in college when you don’t feel particularly happy – perhaps due to some circumstance, or due to something you are wrestling with inside yourself. You may have some really great times, but don’t forget that everyday day life in college often feels like…everyday life. It may sound backwards, but taking the pressure off of yourself to be “having the best time” ALL the time may actually help you feel more genuine happiness from time to time.