Your preconceived notions inevitably changed, no matter what your impression of college was before you actually arrived on campus and started classes. You may have thought you'd have more time to party; you may have thought people would be different; you may have thought the classes would be less stressful. No matter the details, though, you probably thought one thing: that college wouldn't be quite this hard. With a little work (and consistency), you might be surprised at how a few little changes can make a big difference although finding little ways to make your college life easier can take some dedication.  Fortunately, college is full of all kinds of delicious, tasty, tempting food options. Unfortunately, however ... college is full of all kinds of delicious, tasty, tempting food options.  That muffin you grabbed for breakfast might really be cake in disguise; those noodles you had for lunch were all carbs and no protein; and the pizza you had for dinner was definitely lacking in things your mother would be proud of. Your body ends up missing out on all of the fruits and veggies, water, and overall nutrition it needs to be its best at the end of the day.

Easier college life

Aim to eat well so that you have the energy to make it through your crazy days and start small if you have to -- aim for one truly healthy meal a day to start. The ebbs and flows of college life often make it very difficult to always get enough sleep. And finding the time to get enough sleep can be really, really hard. So if you have to stay up late here and there, that's okay. But aim to get enough sleep on most nights so that you aren't a zombie more often than not.  You'll increase your energy level. Which, in turn, will make it easier for you to keep all of your commitments in case you're exercising on a regular basis. Ideally, most of your financial logistics are taken care of at the beginning of the semester. Your loan papers and scholarships go through without a hitch and you know just how much money you have until the end of the semester. But you still need to stay on top of your spending even with a small budget. And often times, you know when you're not being financially responsible. You know your checking account balance is too low or your credit card balance is too high. That little voice inside your head, that nags you and makes you worry about finances, ends up making your time in school a lot harder than it has to be.  Set a schedule for yourself to check on your spending -- once a week, once a month, once a pay period.  And try some more in case you've tried a few that haven't worked. Sometimes you have to mix it up a little so that your brain gets the best break possible.