As students, our lives are busy and stressful. Believe me, I know first hand. Sometimes food, dishes – cleaning your room! – can feel like insurmountable tasks and the idea of taking on a new responsibility, well, just no.
Except… everyone can take a couple minutes out their week to water a plant, students included. Some plants need only this much commitment, and the benefits of being a proud plant owner are 100% worth it, especially for students. Studies have shown that plants improve health and reduce stress (Journal of Physiological Anthropology, Psycology Today), while boosting creativity levels (CNN, Psycology Today). Your new plant could be the difference between a few percent on your next big essay or exam!
Then, of course, there are the home decor benefits. When all you have to your name is a room, a plant can be the difference between basic student accommodation and stylish abode. Plants fit well with any decorating style, and can thrive in most atmospheres, from a residence room, to an apartment, to a bedroom in a crowded student house.
I personally have two plants. Ted is a money tree, adopted from a local grocery store. Pringle is a succulent of unknown species, rescued from a friend who couldn’t take him on a plane. They’ve both survived midterm and final seasons, reading week trips, and the move from residence, to the house I’m in now. They’re both still happy and strong and have (mostly) forgiven me for the various long periods without water and other mishaps.
So, have I convinced you? Are you planning a trip to pick up your very first (or second, or third) plant? Some great options for students include aloe vera and other cacti and succulents, which are always in fashion and demand little care. Looking for more greenery? A money tree, like Ted, is a great option. Or maybe you want flowers? Try an orchid to give your room that chic and elegant aesthetic.
Plants can go for $10 – $20 (the price of a few Starbucks lattes), and they beautify any living space, all while reducing stress and improving creativity! How can you possibly say no to that?
Bonus: fun things to do with your plant(s). Celebrate the holidays – Ted loved celebrating Pride week with me, and they’re both super excited about their Halloween costumes!