So somehow it is already the end of my freshman year. WHERE DID TIME GO? I told my mom the other day that I realized that I only have 6 semesters left! Its still a lot I know, but it also sounds like not very much. I’m making so much sense right now. #finalsweek
Disclaimer: I sometimes can’t even believe I’m in college and most of the time I don’t even feel like a real adult. These are just a few things that I have discovered and learned in my short time as a college kid, I’m by no means an expert :)
As I’m typing this I am sitting in a very empty dorm room waiting to take my last final and it is just crazy to think back to move in day when my parents dropped me off in a strange town, with a dorm room full of new stuff and absolutely no clue what I was doing. Now I’m almost a college sophomore, with a car full to the brim of stuff, in a town that feels like my second home and still not a clue what I’m doing. In these 9 months that I’ve been in college I have really learned a lot. Not only school stuff but a lot about myself and about life as a whole. It’s been a good journey so far, friends.
With that here is a few things that I have picked up along the way:
1. You’re not the only one who doesn’t know what you’re doing. Its actually pretty common, so take a deep breath and relax.
2. College is RIDONKULOUSLY expensive. Now I know this is coming from a Goodwill frequent shopper but still.. its a little bit insane.
3. No one cares what you wear and it is SO GLORIOUS. #sweatsandchacosalldayeveryday
4. You get to do WHATEVER YOU WANT. I’m not really talking about partying and doing crazy stuff, although you can do those things. You can go to the park, or sleep in, or not sleep at all, or eat cereal for three meals in a row (that gets old), or you can go eat pancakes with your roommate instead of going to class (I wouldn’t know from experience). Endless possibilities!
5. You have to get out of your comfort zone if you want to go anywhere or grow at all. It is VERY scary at times but I’ve come to find out that you will very rarely regret it.
6. Home cooked meals are a gift from the good Lord. Also, non- community bathrooms. Cherish those while you have them.
7. People will have lots of wonderful advice and wisdom for you when you head out for that first year and its honestly all really awesome and helpful. But don’t let other peoples stories form your expectations for what your college experience should be like. Everyone is different and everyone does college differently, you do you.
8. Free stuff is great and you should take it anytime you can get it. You don’t have to pay for it. No more reasons necessary.
9. Write letters to your family and friends back home. It will brighten both of your days when you get a letter in the mail :)
10. The secret to doing good and passing classes is going to class. Tough but true.
11. Find one class per semester that really interests you. It gives you something to look forward to other than going to Chemistry and Calculus.
12. You do need sleep. You can’t argue with me.
13. You will grow to love coffee more than life. (maybe that’s just me)
14. Make friends in your classes. You’ll always have a study partner and who knows, maybe your future best friend is sitting next to you in History class.
15. Find a church that you like and don’t be afraid to try them all. Leaving your home church can be sad and scary but if you really try you can find a great college church home and I that is so invaluable.
16. Junk food is tasty and cheap but make sure you squeeze some salad in there somewhere. Your brain and your body will thank you.
17. Netflix. Biggest waste of time and most glorious invention.
18. Don’t study all the time. Go have some fun too.
19. Get to know your college. Read the campus newspaper, explore campus, and get involved in clubs. It opens so many doors and experiences.
20. Take advantage of those exercise classes and fun stuff that your campus offers. You’re paying for them, so go get your Zumba on!
21. Take it all in while you can. The days fly by so never wish them away and always be present in each and every day. Take in all that each day has to offer. It really is one of the greatst times of your lives