If you were like us in college, most of your cooking recipes included:
- Place item in microwave.
- Set timer.
- Press start.
Only eating microwaved food is not a viable option in the “real world.” It’s not good for your health, no matter how many Lean Cuisines you might eat. This is especially true if you move off campuses and no longer have access to a meal plan. Now it is your responsibility to go grocery shopping instead of eating cold pizza for breakfast and cereal for dinner every day. You’ll soon learn that eating out all of the time will make your wallet pretty thin.
72. Play An Intramural Sport For Fun
You’ve been competing all of your life. You beat out a million others to be the first to enter your mother’s womb. You may have had to apply to get into your high school, junior high school, or even elementary school. You beat out thousands of other college applicants on your SATs and admissions applications. And once you step into the business world, the competition only increases. Competition can be stressful, but we encourage you to find a healthy level of competition to push yourself and intramural sports is one of the best ways to do that.
73. Get A Physical Exam Every Year
Sure, you know to see a doctor if you are not feeling well or at least call home to ask your parents what to do, but not all illnesses have obvious symptoms. This isn’t to make you nervous or turn you into a hypochondriac, but to make you aware that there’s more going on with your body than you realize. It’s vital that you get a complete physical exam and a clean bill of health from a doctor every year to ensure that your health isn’t holding you back. A complete physical exam includes measuring your height, weight, balance, reflexes, and eyesight, and include blood and urine tests.
74. Run A Marathon
Running a marathon is one of those things everyone should do once and there is no better time to do it than after you put on that freshman fifteen. After high school’s P.E. (physical education) class, most people stop engaging in athletic activities and the body starts to deteriorate. First it’s dorm to class, class to dorm, and then as soon as you graduate it becomes home to work, work to home. Most of your life is going to be spent sitting down unless you get up off your butt. Running a marathon is just as much a mental challenge as it is physical. You will be pushed beyond your perceived physical and mental limits. And it’s not until you push something to its limits that it realizes that it is limitless.
75. Abstain From Something For 30 Days
Most of us aren’t oblivious to our Achilles heel. We all know what that one thing is that stops us from becoming who we truly want to be—procrastination, laziness, alcohol, low self-esteem, smoking, arrogance, entitlement, perfectionism, unforgiveness, over-eating, etc. Now imagine the huge positive difference in your life if you just stopped doing that one thing. Try releasing your Achilles heel for 30 days and observe the difference. We believe that when you do it, you’ll want to continue for another month, a year, or even the rest of your life. Sometimes success in life isn’t about adding stuff—instead it can be about clearing things away.
76. Learn To Meditate
Meditation is no longer something that only Buddhist monks do. It’s a renowned practice of many successful individuals. If you have ever sought a way to get more clarity and focus in your hectic daily college life, meditation is the way to go. Meditation allows you to take a moment to calm your mind and refocus on what’s important. Learning to meditate doesn’t require you to covert to a new religion or travel to the Far East. Meditation is not mastered on your first try. The more you practice meditation, the easier it will be to get into a calming state.
77. Host A Potluck Dinner
Food is a great way to unite people, open them up, and connect. We experience this during the holiday season all of the time. But you don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to cultivate that space. Hosting a potluck dinner will allow you to share food and food for thought with friends. It will allow you to have deeper conversations about life that can’t happen as easily at a party, game, or other social event.
78. Interview Your Elders
With the internet at our fingertips our generation thinks we know more than most adults, but there is a difference between having information and having wisdom. Our elders have a lot of untapped wisdom about life, love, happiness, success, family, and the world and we can access it if we would just ask. This experience will create more clarity and confusion in your life than you ever imagined. Some of your existing assumptions and beliefs will be challenged or confirmed. Though times have changed, there are some fundamental truths about life that don’t. Talk less and listen more on this one.
79. Go On A Road Trip Or Camping Trip
In college, most of your friendships will begin because of convenience. For instance, you have 3 classes with someone in one semester or you live near someone for a few years and now you’re good friends. It’s great how life brings two people together so naturally. You weren’t looking for a best friend or a partner, but now you have one. However, relationships based on convenience alone tend to fade when they are no longer convenient and the best way to build lasting relationships is to do inconvenient things together like going camping or going on a road trip. When two or more people willingly commit to doing something inconvenient together it says something about the relationship. All parties are saying “I want to be here with you now.” You could be anywhere else in the world with whomever, but you are choosing to be with me and I’m choosing to be with you—not by chance, but by choice.
80. Write A Letter Of Forgiveness
We all have been wronged in some way by others, but we have the choice to forgive. Walking around with the negative thoughts of anger, pain, and revenge are never helpful or healthy. Those emotions stay with us because we feel they are easier to hold on to than to forgive. But, you have to put yourself in the other person’s shoes to begin to forgive. Have you ever done something wrong to another? After it happened, you may have apologized, but how did it feel when the other person didn’t accept your apology? What you felt at that moment may be what your wrong-doer may be feeling at this moment. Forgiveness is not only cathartic for you, but also the other person.
Patricia Hudak and Jullien Gordon are co-authors of 101 Things To Do Before You Graduate to help college students maximize their experience and prepare for the real world. Patricia and Jullien and have collectively spoken at over 50 colleges and universities nationwide and touched the lives of over 5,000 college students with their innovative presentations, webinars, blogs, and other products and services. Patricia is the founder and CEO of Real World 101 and earned her bachelors’ degrees from New York University in marketing and management from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Jullien is CEO of The Department of Motivated Vehicles and earned his B.A. from UCLA in 2003 and his MBA and Masters in Education from Stanford University in 2007.