Be social through healthy relationships

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It is important to stay focused in college but it is also important to meet people. A healthy social life benefits you in college and in life.

Although preparing for your future and choosing a meaningful career are usually the main reasons you should attend college, it’s also important to have a social life. You can’t — and shouldn’t — spend all your time behind your books. College can be one of the most stressful times of your life with worrying about the future, cramming for exams, completing assignments on time and making sure that you achieve the best grades possible. But during college, many people form some of their most meaningful, long-lasting friendships. Friends who stick with you through the thick and thin of college life might be some of the best friends you’ll ever make. And there’s nothing like being able to call up an old friend to reminisce about the good times you shared in college.

As a senior, I have made many lifelong and best friends while in college; friends who have been by my side through the worst times of my life. The picture above is of me and my best friend who I met during my first year in college! She has been there through all the good and bad. Meet Lindsey; she is BAE.

Ways you can meet people at UW-Stevens Point

Here are some tips on how to meet friends, classmates, part-time work colleagues and even professors, who can help you achieve your potential.

  1. Seek out SIEO: In one of my first blogs for UW-Stevens Point, I discussed ways new students can meet people on campus. Make sure to follow through with these tips when you get to campus, and remember to look up the Student Involvement and Employment Office for student organizations, part-time employment or volunteer opportunities.
  2. Seek out professors: Get to know a few of your professors and regularly attend their office hours. It will help you with your grades and academics. It will also make it easier on you when you’re looking for a professor to write you a letter of recommendation when you need one.
  3. Break the ice: Organizations such as Centertainment occasionally have events during the year that could help you meet someone who just might become a significant other. Why not try speed dating if it’s available? Just make sure these relationships stay healthy for you.

19414846-be95-42c7-97ac-6147ebe380fe-largeWhat is a healthy relationship?

  • When you can disagree but still acknowledge your partner has still made reasonable points.
  • You trust your significant other. With that, you have a sense of security. You are confident your partner wouldn’t be unfaithful nor would you have a reason too. Trust is key to a healthy thriving relationship!
  • You mutually respect each others dignity wishes, personality, goals, hobbies, feelings, etc. 

Disagreements are natural, but it’s important that you find a way to common ground if you disagree on something or accepting that you disagree is sometimes a good thing.

If you have an unhealthy relationship …

If you have an unhealthy relationship, know that support is available. Contact the Dean of Students or get advice from professionals in free counseling!



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