Varsity is stressful enough without you having to worry about things that are totally unrelated to your studies. Between worrying about your studies and your personal life away from campus, we really don’t want you to have to worry about any social pressures. That’s why we’re giving you tips to deal with them.

Don’t compare yourself

It’s difficult not to want the latest, cellphone, sneakers or whatever else your friends may have, we get it. But you’re not your friends, you don’t have to have everything that they’ve got. You’re an individual and you probably also have things that they wish they had. Don’t compare yourself to your friends. This will have you putting unnecessary pressure on yourself.

Don’t lose focus

Remember that you’re at varsity to make a better life for yourself. Going out and socialising is great, but so is focus, especially because it’ll benefit you in the long-term. Focus on your studies and fulfil the promise you made to yourself (and your family) to do well and earn that qualification.

Learn to say ‘no’

Don’t be easily pressured into following the hype or trends on campus. It’s okay to say ‘no’ if you don’t feel like going out every night, or if you don’t want to hang out because you have a test the next day.

Stay true to yourself

You’re going to be exposed to different things and people throughout your varsity years. Some may share the same principles as you, while others may not, but you have to stay true to who you are. Don’t lose yourself trying to fit in. True friends won’t want to change you.

Change your friends

Perhaps you have friends who intentionally put you under pressure, now would be the right time to distance yourself and find more like-minded friends. Your friends aren’t meant to make you feel bad for choosing a different way of living your life. Try finding friends who are more like you and share the same values. You can even use this article to gauge just how good your group of friends is for you.

Everyday you’re given a choice to live your life the best way you know how, make use of that choice by choosing yourself and a life that’ll benefit you. Don’t change yourself or do things that’ll cost you your future for temporary hype.

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