Thursday, August 13, 2015

10 Things I Wish I Knew My Freshman Year Of College

It is pretty crazy to think that ten years ago I was preparing to move into my freshman dorm. Not to sound like someone’s grandmother, but it really does feel like it was just yesterday. I think it is safe to say that after experience a situation people always seem to reflect back on things they wish they would have know – hindsight is always 20/20. Since schools are starting {in my honest opinion, schools always seem to start back way too early…} and freshmen are moving into college dorms for the very first time I thought I would share 10 things I wish I knew my freshman year off college.

1.      You more than likely will not need the “recommended text book” – as long as you show up for the class and take good notes, chances are you don’t need the text book. Side note: if you are taking an important class that is specifically for your major it might be wise to buy the text book for that class to use as a reference later.
2.    Having a boyfriend your freshman year is overrated. Relationships require work and commitment, instead just have fun your freshman year discovering a new place and making friends.
3.    Going to class makes life easier – fight the urge to skip
4.    Make as many friends as you can your first year – as time goes on you will find out who your real friends are. Plus, people tend to change {mind set, goals, views, style, etc.} at a fast pace in college. Give everyone a chance.
5.    Go to office hours, ask questions, and take advantage of the career center
6.    Get involved right off with anything that interests you – sororities/fraternities, clubs, student run organizations, intramural sports, etc.
7.     Mistakes are a part of life – sometimes making a mistake really can be a blessing in disguise; often times there are lessons hidden in them that allow you to grow and mature as a person. Mistakes happen, don’t dwell on them, learn from them and move on.
8.    Don’t feel pressured to declare a major your first year – there are at least a year, probably a year and a half, of core classes you can take while you decide what you want to major in.
9.    Change is usually always a good thing
10.  College really is a four year vacation – enjoy it, but don’t lose sight of your goals.