Habits for All Seasons
For many of us, leaving home provides our long awaited independence but introduces a brand new challenge: taking care of our most basic needs. From laundry to bed time, it’s suddenly up to you to determine how to nurture yourself with the essentials—food, rest, and hygiene. Will you do laundry twice a week or once a week? Will you clean your dorm just when your roommate is fed up? Or will you clean up daily to maintain a healthy environment? Will you plan on 8 hours of sleep, 6 hours of sleep—at what point is 4 hours of sleep nightly a problem for you? Much like planning ahead, looking to your peers may not be helpful here. You may have plenty of friends able to stay out all night, attend classes, and succeed with As and Bs. But most of us cannot thrive in such conditions. Another way of thinking of it is to consider your thrive conditions. Ask yourself: what are my optimal conditions for thriving? How can I design my college life around an understanding of them (even if I can’t have them all the time)?