I just finished my freshman year of college! Wild, right? Well, I thought in honor of that, I would return to my College 101 feature and give you my final advice for the year. Those of you coming to college soon--pay attention. 😊
For the original series, go to the following links:
College 101 (Week One)
College 101 (Week Two)
College 101 (Week Three)
College 101 (Week Four)
Thanks for reading, and enjoy!
Stay true to yourself.
It sounds cliche, but college really is a time to discover yourself. Being away from home, you get a new perspective on life. I've changed a lot in the time since I started college. Like, a lot. But you want to change for the better.
So stay true to your heart and your morals, and don't push away what has been inside of you all this time. College has a lot of unconscious peer pressure, what with having roommates and all, so you have to rise above it. Remember who you are. Don't be afraid to explore, but explore in a way that doesn't harm you (or anyone else). One great thing about college is how much more accepting people generally are. You can be your real self in a way you never were before.
The most confusing part of college is having two homes.
This probably does not apply if you go to college a considerable distance from where you grew up. I don't know; I haven't done that. But for me, being within a few hours from home, this surprised me. It turned out to be confusing to live almost entirely at this place that you love where you have a good friend-family and then you go to "real" home for a weekend, and you're like "... um. Hey, what's up?" I guess it's all a mental thing, but people ground themselves in the place that they call home. It's confusing when you don't have just one.
Be smart, and be safe.
Don't do stuff that kills you. Make good choices. Keep yourself safe, and try not to fail your classes. Like, really try. If you happen to have a pass/fail class of some kind, for example, don't take it less seriously than the others. Plan things well enough to pass without a ton of last minute scrambling. 😬
College really is great. Don't sweat it.
Yay! Yay for college! Yay for freedom! Yay for being with your peers! Yay for new experiences! It's really hard at first, I won't deny that. But in the end, it is completely worth it.
Goodbye, freshman year! For my sophomore year, as previously hinted, I'm applying to transfer colleges. I'm going to miss my friends and my student job at Adams State, but this is the right move for me. If only it weren't so hard to say goodbye. I love these people so much! But I know that I need to be in a different place, and that place, I think, is Brigham Young University - Idaho.
Because of the nature of my transfer, I won't be back on a college campus until January. Until then... it's online classes!
Do you have any college tips to add to my collection?
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