Managing Your Health 

Making smart choices about your physical and mental health is crucial to your success in college. This is also an important time to establish healthy habits that will persist throughout adulthood. 

  • Understand the dangers of alcohol. Pressure to participate in activities involving alcohol can be strong on some campuses. Getting caught with alcohol puts your education at risk. In addition, alcohol-related incidents are a leading cause of injury and death among college-age students. Remember: the legal drinking age is 21.

  • Do not use illegal drugs. Most colleges have a zero-tolerance policy for the possession or use of drugs. Do not socialize with students using illegal drugs, or you may find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time. 

 

  • Be responsible about sexual activity. If you decide to engage in consensual sex, visit your campus health center for guidance and resources. Unfortunately, campus sexual assault remains a significant concern at most schools. It is most prevalent when drugs and alcohol are involved. To learn more about protecting yourself and others you care about from sexual assault, visit RAINN.

 

  • Manage your mental health. College can be a stressful time. It's normal to go through periods of homesickness or loneliness, but if any feelings of stress or depression persist for an extended period of time, be sure to seek help. 

  • Get your eight hours of sleep. Getting enough sleep will keep your brain sharp, help you see things more clearly and stay healthy. Plan ahead so you do not end up pulling all-nighters to meet your deadlines.

  • Watch what you eat. Most cafeterias offer a vast selection of foods at each meal to meet a range of dietary restrictions, from gluten-free to vegetarian. Choose a balanced diet to energize you and avoid freshman weight gain.

 

  • Seek help quickly for any concerns about your physical and/or mental health, including stress. Take advantage of campus health and counseling services.