This one is for all those who are either beginning or continuing their college journey
August is right around the corner and for many that means school is back on. Being graduated, and after 17 years of enjoying every ounce of summer before returning back to school, it’s honestly a weird feeling being done (well done for now, stay tuned though) It’s a good weird, but definitely weird to say the least.
College was a HUGE part of my life. I met some of the best people, made some huge mistakes, had some really great accomplishments and learned a lot of lessons along the way.
Here’s my advice for all things college to get you newbies prepared for the best four years of your life.
1. Learn to like coffee
Yeah I’m being basic and putting this as number 1 because this is huge. Caffeine will get you through your 8am’s, your late night study sesh, and basically just through life. I myself have never been a fan of coffee. But there’s tons of great flavorings to add to your coffee. So find what you love and stick to it because coffee will basically get you to that degree.
2. C’s really do get degrees
This probably isn’t my best advice but what I’m saying is college is hard. Classes are hard. And the material is hard. If you find yourself struggling in a class, don’t be afraid to ask for help. I mean you’re paying a ton of money to be there, might as well utilize those professors. But don’t stress if you’re used to getting straight A’s and start seeing a couple C’s or maybe even some D’s and F’s. Just do your best but a couple low grades are not the end of the world, I promise.
3. Become friends with the “nerds”
This is crucial. If reading number 2 gave you some anxiety, here’s a good solution. Find a good group of people in your classes that you can get together with and study. Those kids who seem like the teacher’s pet by writing down every single thing the professor says, and asks a billion questions-be nice to them because they will become your best friend.
4. GET INVOLVED
The next four years will be so boring if you ignore this. Be open to trying new clubs and organizations. Whether it’s Greek life, and intramural, or history club. And if you try to say “there’s nothing that peaks my interest” look harder-there’s something for everyone.
5. Don’t be stupid
There’s going to be a lot of new things thrown at you, ya know peer pressure stuff. Alright I’ll be blunt: drugs, alcohol, all the stuff we were told not to do. You’ve made it this far (hopefully without all the bad stuff) just be smart, trust your gut when it comes to sketchy people and situations. Mommy and Daddy aren’t there to hold your hand anymore so just be smart.
6. Have some school spirit
Go to as many football games and basketball games as you can, they’re so much different than high school. Really just any sporting event is such an awesome experience and will give you a great sense of school pride.
7. Don’t be so worried about money
Go on spring break, go on the weekend road trips with friends, all the things that you say “oh but that costs so much money” DO IT! Life is short, college is even shorter. You have your whole life to worry about saving money. Treat yo self.
8. Call your parents every once and awhile
Don’t just call them when you need food or money. They love you and want to hear from you. They miss you, so don’t forget about them. Let them be apart of these important years of your life.
9. GO TO CLASS
....just do it, okay?
10. Just have fun
These next four years (or five or however many you have left) are about to be a crazy, unforgettable ride. Don’t forget the reason you’re there-to learn. But remember to have fun. Because being an adult is not all it’s cracked up to be. Meet as many new people as you can, try as many new things as you can (but not drugs, never those). You’re about to learn so much about life, the world around you and most importantly yourself. Have an open mind.
And here’s an additional piece of advice-probably the most important. At the end of your journey don’t forget to turn back around and thank the one’s who got you to that ending point-your teachers, your friends and most importantly your parents (oh and coffee). Keep them in mind the next four years, because you can’t do this alone.