Now that I am two weeks into my second semester here at Central Michigan, I thought I would reflect a little bit on last semester. Being a first generation college student I didn’t really know what I was getting into and adjusting was hard. So here are some things I learned my first semester! I hope you guys can take away from this and be more prepared for college or relate to it if you are already in college! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram!
- Managing your time in college is hard
I was someone who always on a tight schedule with school and softball so I really didn’t have any time to manage. So when I came to college and had a whole lot more time I didn’t really know how to manage it effectively. I am still learning this and I know it will take a while to get down but I am definitely better at it this semester than I was last. What I mean by managing time is being able to have enough time to study, hangout with friends and just relax. Now that I have a job I have a little less of this but at the same time it is good to be working again and finally making money!
2. Living with roommates is a big adjustment
Growing up with a brother I never had to share my room so I always had my own space. Coming to college I thought it was going to be easy living with a roommate but boy was I wrong. Getting little to no alone time really started to get to me, it made me a lot more homesick than I was. This is a big reason why I decided to get my own apartment next year, I think I will overall be a lot happier living and managing my own space and I am so excited to do that.
3. It’s okay to get A’s and B’s
One of my goals coming into college was to get a 4.0, which is a good goal to have, however it is quite hard to do. I’m not saying it is impossible but I have never been an all A student and I have had to learn that it is completely okay to get a few B’s here and there, especially in college. Of course you don’t want your GPA to be too low, but being upset because you got a couple B’s is something I have had to learned to deal with.
4. Sometimes you have to let friends go, and that is okay
When I first came to college I was determined to keep all my high school friends, so much so that I didn’t branch out and meet new people which I really regret. As sad as it is, people do drift away, especially when college comes around and everyone is away from each other. You go from seeing them everyday in high school to not seeing them at all and that puts a huge strain on friendships for sure. At first it is hard to let go, but make sure you meet new people who you love to be around and eventually you will be happy!
5. Having freedom is amazing
One things I love about being in college is the freedom I have. If I want to go out I don’t have to ask anyone, I can stay out as late as I want and I can make my own decisions. Sure it is hard at first to be on your own but ultimately I love it. Being able to do what you want is a blessing but sometimes people take it too far and get a bit out of control. Being on your own is a part of life and it is important to be able to maintain the same standards you would living at home to avoid getting in trouble or doing things you will regret.
What are some things you guys have learned by being in college?
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