Joining a sorority is an exciting and fulfilling journey filled with laughter and memories that will be cherished for years to come. But when college gets stressful and life becomes a balancing act between school, work, extracurricular activities and sorority life, it can be easy to get stuck in a rut. Here are five ways you can maintain a positive state of mind through the difficulties a hectic college schedule can bring.

1. Socialize.

It is important to remember to take time to keep in touch with friends because school will fly by. One day you will be looking back fondly remembering, not the all-nighter you pulled finishing your final paper, but the time spent with your best friends by your side. Do your best to stay positive and treat your time together like a treasure, not a commitment.

2. Be Genuine.

People around you can sense when your heart is not in it. Just as time with friends shouldn’t feel like a commitment, neither should your Sorority responsibilities. For example, when volunteering, volunteer for an organization you care about. When making connections, really try to connect deeper than surface level. Being genuine and living your values can go a long way and will make your college years much more enjoyable than a “fake it ‘till you make it” mentality.

3. Stay Optimistic.

Instead of reveling in the negative, try to keep an optimistic state of mind. Your optimism will rub off on others around you, heightening the mood at the event or activity you are participating in. It may seem small, but it can have a ripple effect, making you a more enjoyable person to be around.

4. Give Back.

Giving back to others is a great way to be a positive role model to your peers and make a positive impact in your community. When you are seen enjoying your time volunteering, your peers will be more likely to follow in your footsteps. On the other hand, if you donate your time grudgingly, that negative attitude will affect your sisters who will then dread their own volunteer hours.

5. Work on Yourself.

Remember the positive aspects of yourself and rejoice in your own success. Don’t let others’ opinions get in the way of the path you have built. Work on self-improvement, reaching your goals and most importantly, stay true to who you are.

I will conclude with a bitter-sweet quote from The Office, “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.” I am letting you know now, these are the good old days, so don’t take them for granted. Enjoy your college life because you won’t always be living steps away from your sisters and best friends who, somewhere along the way, turned into family.

 

Katrina Botell (California-Santa Barbara): Katrina is a recent college graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she studied psychology and English. She became a member of Gamma Phi Beta as a transfer student in 2015 and served as a member of the social committee before gaining the position of new member social chair. In addition, she served as editor at UCSB's Focus Media Journal. Katrina currently resides in Sacramento, California and in her free time enjoys reading, writing, crafting and hiking.