If I told you that I was ready for college a year ago I would’ve told you, “Yeah! Bring it on.” Looking back on it, I was not ready for it at all. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. And I mean that in the best way possible.
Now, as I’m sitting at the end of the semester, I wish that I could go back and tell myself some things that I’ve learned so far.
- Don’t expect things to happen the way you planned. There are going to be a number of twists and turns throughout your journey. You can’t plan anything and you shouldn’t want to. It’s okay if nothing goes your way or if everything goes as planned, but don’t let the unexpected events get to you. Just ride out your course because everything happens for a reason.
- Don’t worry if you have to change your major or if you come in undecided. It’s okay if you don’t know what you want to do because you have so much time to figure it out. Not only that, but there are so many great advisors here to help you figure out what you might have interest in.
- Time management is key. I literally plan out everything I have to do in a single day on my “Reminder” app on my phone. I was pretty organized in high school, but college requires so much organization.
- Make friends with positive people. This is anywhere, but especially in college. Having a decent support system when you’re going through obstacles. None breezes through college with ease, but it’s the relationships you have that make it easier.
I can’t prepare you for college or the experiences that you will have here. None can prepare you, you just have to live it. I promise you that you will be able to handle most of the things that are thrown your way, and who knows you may have some pretty great stories to tell.