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Guys, I officially move into my apartment in one month! I am so excited and anxious to get back to college and get back to my routine! I have yet to even attempt to go apartment shopping or school supply shopping but expect a haul when I do!
College can be such a scary transition, you are leaving behind friends you have known for years, the comfort of your hometown and all of the teachers you have come to know and love. But college is such an amazing experience and I promise you, it will be amazing! My freshman year of college was a roller coaster and that is okay! I learned so much about myself as a person through the ups and downs and more importantly, I found out who was there for me and would stand by my side no matter what!
With that being said I have a bunch of tips for incoming freshman and may even need to make a part two of this post! So without further or do here are some tips for you:
- Step out of your comfort zone
I know this may seem small but honestly, college is all about getting out of the box you are so used to being in and going out to do things! I was always afraid to go to social events alone like club meetings and other events but it was something I knew I had to do! Stepping outside of your comfort zone will bring tons of new experiences, people, and memories that will stay with you for a lifetime! Don’t let the fear of judgment or rejection ever hold you back, wear the outfit you are scared to get judge for, go and do something you would never do and more importantly live in the moment and live for yourself!
This may seem obvious and you might be thinking “I won’t fall behind, ill always get things done on time.”, yea that’s what I thought too. College is so much different from highschool when it comes to academics, you have large lectures of 200+ students so your teacher just see’s you as another face, you have social events going on, the pressure to join organizations and clubs which will take up more time, it will all be very overwhelming. My #1 tip for not falling behind is saying NO! Dedicate time each day to study for that test or write a paragraph of that paper, it may be difficult but prioritizing your school work is something that will always be respected and understood. I fell behind spring semester and struggled immensely to pull myself out of the hole I dug myself in but when I did I vowed I would never let it happen again.
- Keep in touch with family
I thought in the beginning that I wasn’t going to miss my family that much but by the second week, I was missing being able to come home and talk to my family about my day. Set time aside each day to call a family member and just talk, chances are they think you are busy and don’t want to bother you by calling but would love to hear from you. Get out all of your issues and things you may be dealing with as well as all of the happy things that are going out with your life, once you get off the phone you will feel so much better!
College is a big game of who is going to get the better grades, who is going to get hired at the best place and at the end of the day you are competing with thousands of people for one job. It is so important, even as a freshman to start to make connections early on, whether that be people who share your major, professors or even professionals in the industry you want to go into. Again it can be very nerve racking to reach out and make these connections but it all goes back to getting out of your comfort zone and doing what will better you. Join an academic club for your major, I did this and ended up reaching out to a facility member at the hospital I want to intern and eventually work at and was able to shadow him for the day. Through this, he put me in contact with the person who handles the hiring of interns and I made a great first impression on so many people! Take the initiative to do things like this and it will pay off in the future!
- Embrace the things that make you different
College is such a culturally diverse place and it really can be such a breath of fresh air to be surrounded by people who share your ethnicity, race, beliefs, values or even interests and hobbies! For me personally, I went to a predominantly white high school and had very few mixed friends, so when I went to college I was so excited to see all the different clubs and organizations that embraced all of those things that make use different! I joined a group for first-generation college students and was so eager to talk to everyone about their experiences and how college was them so far! The transition from high school to college will be so much easier if you are surrounded by people who are similar to you but different at the same time, get out there and meet those people!
There are some tips I have for you guys that I personally have experience with! I promise as scary and intimidating as college can be, it is an amazing time and will change who you are and the way you see the world! Embrace it and make the best out of it because just like high school, it will go by so much quicker than you think!
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