Why did no one tell me college was going to be an insane balancing act between school, a social life, my health, family, and about 1,000 other things? It’s okay to be overwhelmed, we all experience it. Getting a degree is not easy. The key is staying focused and attentive to each part of your life, while not losing track of yourself. No pressure.

No matter what you do, there always seems to be some sort of tension between your options. You decide to go out on Wednesday night, because why not? Then you bomb your bio quiz the next morning. But if you decide to be a responsible adult and stay in to study, you have to see pictures of your friends all having a great time together without you, which sometimes is even worse. How do you balance it all?

There honestly isn’t one good answer or set of guidelines to living your best life in college. But as a senior now (I’m sorry, what?), I think I know what advice I would have given myself as a lower classman when it comes to doing life.

Designate time to study

This includes investing in a planner. You don’t have to buy the super expensive, ridiculously over-packed planners that will do nothing but weigh your book bag down. A simple planner that has room in each day for you to write down all obligations and assignments is all you need.

With that being said, look ahead at your week and designate a few hours to force yourself to go to the library, or wherever you feel most productive. Saturday and Sunday afternoons are the times I feel most productive on the weekends, since everyone else is doing something other than crowding up the library. All it takes is a little planning.

Plan nights in with friends

Staying in with friends can sometimes be more fun than going out and being crazy for no reason. A bottle of wine (or whatever you like to drink), some Netflix, and conversation with your best friends is everything you need to wind down from a busy week. Don’t underestimate the power of time with your girls.

Take care of yourself

A college campus with thousands of people around is basically heaven for the common cold. Your immune system isn’t used to being around all this sickness at once, so BOOM before you know it, you’re sick again. Between your classes, all-nighters, and long days, don’t forget about yourself. Grades are important, but your physical and mental health is more important. You can’t achieve your goals if you’re constantly feeling like you got hit by a bus.

Like I said before, mental health is just as important as your physical health. Take some time to relax. Give yourself a DIY manicure, do your favorite face mask, watch your favorite movie, or even go out with some friends. It’s always okay to reset your mind and do something for yourself in order to succeed in other areas of your life.

Call your mom

The further you get into your college career, the more you’ll realize that your mom was right. About pretty much everything. She’s been exactly where you are right now, and she’ll have more advice than you know. Nothing is better than a phone call with my mom, and you know it’s the same for her. Give her a call more often, for the both of you.

Ask Lauren

Do you have something on your mind beauty and lifestyle related? Ask me in the comments, and I’ll have an answer for you next week in my column! Don’t be shy, I’m up for the challenge.

Xoxo –