Saturday, February 28, 2015

The best 4 years

Well, tomorrow marks March 1st, which means in 82 short days I'll be graduating from college. I feel like the time has completely flown by, and I'm so excited to get into the working world, but I'm also completely terrified. I mean, I've spent the past 16 years in school. What if the working world is nothing like I imagined?

I know everyone says "don't have regrets" and "everything happens for a reason" but looking back, I wish there had been someone to give me some advice. Therefore, I compiled a list of all of the things I wish someone had told me going into my freshman year of college.


1) You don't need to bring everything you own to college. College dorm rooms are TINY. Chances are, you'll be sharing that room which means you'll have even less space. Unpack all of your stuff, pick about half of the stuff, and bring that with you. The ironing board? You'll never use it. The coffee pot? You won't ever use it. I promise.

2) Take advantage of the free stuff you get on campus. I would kill to be able to be that close to a gym, and to not have to pay for it. Go to the dining area all the time, because once you live off campus you're probably not going to like having to go all the way back to campus to get food.

3) It's okay to change friend groups. More than likely you'll change friend groups. You might find that you are your roommate aren't best friends, and that's perfectly okay. You might change friend groups all together, that's what I did, and it was the best decision I've ever made.

4) Don't let what other people's opinion on greek life influence you're decision to rush. My freshman year friends hated on greek life, and made fun of it all the time, so I decided not to rush. I regret that decision to this day. Just because you're friends don't like it doesn't mean you won't like it. If you want to rush, do it. Alternatively, if all of your friends are rushing, that doesn't mean that you have to.

5) Study, because your grades are important. It's very easy to not care about your grades freshman year because you're so busy going out and hanging out with friends. Before you know it your GPA isn't great and it's way harder to bring it up than you'd think. When you get to be a senior and start applying for jobs your GPA can really hurt you, and I guarantee you'll look back and think wow I wish I tried harder my first year

6) Lastly, don't forget to have fun. These will be the best four years of your life, and the last four where you can do whatever you want. Want to spontaneously road trip to the beach? Do it. Want to book a cruise for spring break? Do it. Want to lay at the pool all day and drink beer? Do it. College is the last time you'll be able to do whatever you want, pretty much whenever.

College is the best time of your life, and you don't want to look back and realize you didn't have fun. One last tip, be yourself. It's cliche, I know, but you don't want to look back and realize you were trying to impress people who don't matter.

Do you have any advice you wish you could tell your freshman self? Tell me!


                                 

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