College is a time when you should be loving life.
Still, some college kids are unhappy, and most have no idea why.
The other day, I was blessed to happen upon an outstanding article by Dragos Roua entitled 100 Ways to Screw Up Your Life. I decided to write my own article based off of his and outline some common failures among college students.
These are 21 mistakes made by college students that lead to a poor quality of life and a lack of fulfillment.
1. Live with Regrets
The past is the past. We cannot change it. No matter how much we wish that it would have gone differently, it is beyond our control. Do not fret over what could have been. Instead, be thankful for the way things are.
2. Lack Gratitude
This ties in well with number one. Do not be spiteful and pessimistic towards your life’s circumstances. Count your blessings often and remember to be thankful for the people who love you.
3. Be Controlled by Addiction
Whether it be an addiction to a person, or an addiction to video games, succumbing to addiction is a fast way to leave yourself powerless in your own life. Remember, you always have a choice, and people are always there to help you if you ask for it.
4. Victimize Yourself
Go ahead and feel sorry for yourself. Complain about how much life sucks for you. I promise that everything will continue to go poorly. Stop making excuses and pretending that you are so helpless and unlucky. Make your own luck and face life’s challenges confidently.
5. Forget to Play
Don’t lose touch with your inner 8-year-old. Play is free. Remind yourself to laugh and to not take life too seriously. An all-business attitude all the time builds unhealthy levels of stress and hurts your relationships.
Gossip is destructive and should be left for immature middle school kids. Gossiping is a fast way to destroy your relationships, tarnish your social reputation, and compromise your values.