At last, high school is over. You’re no longer at the mercy of a pre-determined bedtime and your parents will no longer have complete control over you. Yes, you are free to let your freak flag fly, but you must also be cautious because with great freedom comes with great responsibility.
Entering college is a new terrain and can be kind of terrifying for most incoming freshmen. When I first step foot on campus, I was horrified–of accidentally making eye contact, knocking into someone, or even just saying hello. In just ten minutes of college, I had experienced more emotions than I had in all my four years of high school.
Here are some tips and tricks that I discovered during my freshman year of college, that hopefully can spare you some embarrassment and unnecessary struggle in the long run!
1. DIVERSIFY YOURSELF. It’s always easier to stick with what and whom you know. Many people enjoy the contentment, but get out your comfort zone. Talk to someone different than you– different religion, race, gender, or sexuality. You’ll learn more and gain new experiences from the people you’ll meet outside the classroom. Keeping an open mind will bless you more than you can imagine.
2. LEARN TO LIKE AND TREAT COFFEE AS YOUR BESTFRIEND. If your taste buds don’t like coffee, then please learn how to tolerate some sort of caffeine-ridden drinks. No matter how hard we try, it’s inevitable for college students not to spend a couple of really late nights in coffee shops. Caffeine is essential to prevent failed assignments and missing lab reports.
3. DON’T SPEND YOUR ENTIRE YEAR LOOKING FOR RELATIONSHIPS. Your first should be spent building friendships. Freshmen year is so full of changes and there will be times when you’re entirely overwhelmed. Don’t stress about going out looking for your “ka-poreber” (forever). Focus on finding a solid group of friends! If you fall in love, then great for you! If not, just remember that you are not alone and you have plenty of time to find that someone later on.
4. MOST PEOPLE GAIN WEIGHT IN COLLEGE.ACCEPT YOURSELF.
Much as I don’t like to admit it, I ended up gaining a few pounds throughout the year. But I learned that most of my friends had gained a little weight as well, all is fair. I realized that it’s totally awesome to be curvy haha! By accepting my body, I discovered happiness and confidence in myself. You’ll prolly never look like your high school self again and that’s okay.
5. MAKE AS MANY MEMORIES AS YOU CAN. Four years is such a tease. When you come in it sounds like an eternity, but don’t let it fool you. As cliché as it is, time flies, and much like how everything started so quickly, it seems to end that way, too. Instead of worrying about the future, allow yourself to live in the present. Carpe Diem! Make the most of each moment!