What I wish I knew my freshman year of college

Even though it pains me to say it, school is just around the corner for most of us! Obviously we still have a little bit but I figured this would be good to post a little earlier while you still have time to read it or are getting anxious about the new chapter. I get it, it’s terrifying but I promise it can’t be as bad as you’re making it in your head!

#1 Nobody is truly paying attention to you. 

This one sounds really mean but you’ll understand that the first couple weeks of classes you are just terrified that everyone is watching your every move. You’re afraid they saw you trip a little in the hallway, walk into the wrong bathroom, or circled the wrong answer on a quiz. I promise you, everyone else is so invested in the same thoughts that they aren’t even paying attention. Even if they are, they’re probably comforted in the fact that they aren’t alone in their embarrassing moments! College is honestly a huge empathetic group of people. We all get it and we all know what you’re going through. It’s fine!

#2 Get 8-9 hours of sleep. 

Yes, even if you have a test tomorrow and you have no clue what’s going to be on it. I’ve heard stories and I’ve seen it firsthand how even if you pull an all-nighter and study every bit of information, you might sleep through your alarm, get so disoriented you can’t even read the question, or you are so tired you just blank. Sleep is so damn important in college. I’ve noticed that even if I don’t know anything, I’m still in a better headspace to problem solve or give my best guess. It also doesn’t screw up your sleeping schedule for the rest of the week!

#3 Take some fun & different classes.

Even if the class has nothing to do with your major it could still be beneficial. You might end up liking it and changing your whole career path or it could just be something that takes your mind off of the harder classes you don’t enjoy. It might be a little scary at first to take up a class that you aren’t sure about but it’ll probably be great in the end!

#4 Your professors are there to help you and are really just people too. 

I actually did realize this pretty early on in the semester but each semester I’m surprised how amazing and cool professors really are. Most of them are more than willing to help you out or give you some extra time on things as long as you’re polite, ask enough ahead of time, and are already giving a large effort. You can’t expect them to help a student who doesn’t show up to class, who sits on their phone the whole lecture, or emails them 10 minutes before a deadline asking for an extension. You have to give respect to get respect!

#5 Get a part-time job, even if you don’t really need one. 

It’s really nice to have some extra cash to save or use because college brings up so many different expenses! You might want to go to the movies, eat out, or treat yourself once in awhile so make sure you have enough money to do so! It also looks great on a resume to say that you were able to balance being a student and an employee. It also gives you connections with different people and usually teaches you different things you can’t learn in a classroom. I always say get one on campus too because it seriously rocks! The hours are so flexible and you usually can get some homework done too.

#6 Go to all the events the school puts on. 

At first I was like this stuff is stupid I could have more fun doing things I want to do but honestly it’s all free things that are put on for YOU. Take your most fun friends and go to the events and take advantage of all the free stuff! Make some memories that don’t involve blacking out or spending a ton of money.

#7 Take self-care very seriously. 

Even if you only have 10 minutes to relax, USE IT. Put on a mask, meditate, read a book, pray, or call a friend! Seriously those little moments really help build your tank back up to conquer the next days! I usually brush those things off because I think other school work or a Netflix show is more important but it’s NOT.

#8 Wait till the last possible second to purchase textbooks for class!

So many of my classes I wasted money on textbooks and I didn’t even use them or I could have split the cost with a classmate and shared it. Every time I think of the money I could have saved from doing that I cringe. SO MUCH MONEY.

There is so many other things I wish I could write here but it would be the longest list ever. Honestly, just be yourself, work hard, stay sane, enjoy your family/friends, be independent, take chances, and never give up! College is going to push you harder than anything ever has and it’s going to be tough sometimes, really tough, but it also can be so rewarding and you’re going to make some really great friends and memories. Enjoy it!

 

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