The College Student’s List of Reminders

College is a weird time.

We’re adults, but not really. Then we actually are adults, but it doesn’t feel like it.

And then we end up realizing that we know ourselves more than we ever thought possible.

College students are some of the busiest people I’ve ever met. We’re focused on so many activities at once that we end up, well, getting distracted. Life distracts us, and we forget about things that could help get us through the week, through the month, and possibly even the rest of our college careers.

But that is what this list is for.

It is here to remind you of the little things and the big things.

Compiled by me, Splendidly, Kait, and a few of my closest friends, this list is here to help.

This list is for us.


The College Student’s List of Reminders

  1. Your parents only embarrass you because they love you.
  2. Screenshots are forever.
  3. You deserve the space you are in.
  4. Healing does not look the same for everyone.
  5. Take accountability, always.
  6. Remember to call home.
  7. Lists and planners are your best friends.
  8. The phone works both ways – text first.
  9. Take the steps instead of the elevator once in a while.
  10. The Freshman 15 is not a myth.
  11. You are not a mistake.
  12. Do not let yourself get lazy.
  13. Your goals and dreams are not impossible.
  14. Do not let lies be stronger than your foundation of truth.
  15. You are royalty.
  16. Procrastination is evil, but sometimes necessary.
  17. Your words have immense power. Be smart with them.
  18. Your sanity is worth more than an 11:59 PM deadline.
  19. Don’t be a scrub.
  20. Comparing yourself to others is one of the most dangerous things you can do.
  21. Bad hair days happen, and that is why God brought hats unto Earth.
  22. It’s okay to be a Michelle or a Kelly. Not everyone can be a Beyoncé.
  23. Stay in your lane.
  24. Sleep feels better at home than in class.
  25. Crying is therapeutic.
  26. Do not run from things that are not even chasing you.
  27. Be careful of to whom you give your heart. Not everyone is worthy.
  28. Stand up for what you believe in.
  29. A drained you can’t really get anything accomplished.
  30. Set multiple morning alarms and put your phone across the room. It will force you to get up.
  31. Support your friends.
  32. Someone else’s ignorance is not your responsibility.
  33. Suffering is a choice. Happiness is a choice.
  34. Trust your friends. Sometimes they see things that you can’t.
  35. Challenge yourself. Often.
  36. Find at least one person you can tell everything to and hold on to them.
  37. College is not forever.
  38. Don’t be bitter.
  39. Your new friends, experiences, and environment don’t erase your old ones. It’s okay to have a new home.
  40. Not every battle is yours.
  41. Everyone has a different way of being loved.
  42. Be open to being loved in new ways.
  43. You are worth being a priority.
  44. Communication is scary, but it is the key to everything.
  45. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. Asking questions is the only way to get answers.
  46. Check your pride at the door.
  47. There is no one else like you.
  48. Hard work that is only meaningful on paper and not in your heart is not work worth doing.
  49. Don’t break the promises you made yourself for someone else.
  50. Don’t wait until you are on your last pair of underwear to do laundry.
  51. The hardest part about being productive is getting up and starting.
  52. Your favorite middle school and high school songs will bring back great memories. Listen to them.
  53. Try something new as often as you can.
  54. If you are not ready, you are not ready. That is okay.
  55. Freshmen are great friends, and not just for their meal swipes.
  56. A single smile can turn a day around.
  57. Befriend people who love you unconditionally.
  58. PB&Js, Goldfish, and apple juice aren’t just for kindergartners.
  59. You are going to heaven one day.
  60. Everything will work out in the end, even if it doesn’t go your way.
  61. You are smarter than you think.
  63. School is hard. That’s okay.
  64. Showing your needs does not make you a burden.
  65. Try to put your all into things as often as you finesse and scam.
  66. You have every right to say no.
  67. Slide in the DMs.
  68. You have the juice, the squeeze, and the sauce.
  69. Your card will get tired of being swiped. Online banking is your friend.
  70. You’re a grown ass person.
  71. It’s okay to act like a kid.
  72. God is good, all the time, and all the time, God is good.
  73. You are beautiful. It shouldn’t take someone else telling you this for you to realize it.
  74. Baby fever is real. So are bills.
  75. Remember Chance the Rapper won a Grammy and has never been signed to a record label.
  76. Remember J Cole went platinum with no features.
  77. Roast yourself. Get roasted by your friends. It’s healthy for the soul.
  78. God already made a plan for you, so don’t think you can write a better one.
  79. Fears aren’t real.
  80. Document everything, take endless pictures and videos of yourself and your friends.
  81. Pick your eyebrow lady and your barber wisely.
  82. Spontaneous dance parties are instant pick-me-ups.
  83. You always deserve ice cream.
  84. Wikipedia isn’t even that bad.
  85. Texting back fast doesn’t hurt anyone.
  86. Make a “Remember Who the Fuck I Am” playlist and utilize it.
  87. Repeating outfits is not a sin.
  88. Drink more water, your body will thank you.
  89. If you can’t @ them, don’t say it.
  90. Don’t listen to Bryson Tiller after 10 PM.
  91. Five more minutes of sleep is never just five minutes.
  92. You are not going to do that assignment in the morning.
  93. If you think someone is cute, tell them.
  94. Always ask for the Wifi password.
  95. Laughing until your stomach hurts is a substitute for ab day.
  96. Napping is essential.
  97. You have no place for negativity in your life.
  98. The glo’ up never stops.
  99. Forgiveness is powerful.
  100. Be present and enjoy the present. Whatever you are in right now will be over before you know it, and you will miss it.
  101. The mute button on Twitter is magical.
  102. Family can be messy, but they are always worth it.
  103. Respect other people’s identities and stories.
  104. Deodorant is something that should be used.
  105. Don’t be afraid of people who aren’t like you.
  106. Be the first one on the dance floor.
  107. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  108. Cherish your youth.
  109. Your education is not a trophy, it’s a tool.
  110. Be bold.
  111. Party with the right people.
  112. Sometimes, you just have to take the L.
  113. You cannot be in two places at the same time, no matter how much you may want to.
  114. Read a lot and read books that you enjoy.
  115. Don’t drink the haterade.
  116. You are not the only one feeling the way you do.
  117. Don’t get lost in the sauce of adult freedom.
  118. Study rooms and libraries exist just for you to use them.
  119. Friends who group chat together, stay together.
  120. You are loved.

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