100 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started College

100 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started College

Cherish every moment, every memory and every person in your life.

When I started college, I thought I knew it all. I was convinced that everything would pretty much stay the same and I'd be able to do things like I did in high school. I didn't think I'd have to work really hard and I was pretty sure that as long as I kept up with my work I'd be somewhat okay. I didn't know about anything I would encounter on the social end of things and I certainly had no idea about how complicated life would get as soon as my mom walked away from me in my residence hall on that hot August day. Now, as I sit here avoiding packing up my dorm room to head back home for the summer, I'm also reminiscing on some of the best times of my life. Though this list could go on for days, here are 100 things I wish I'd known before I started college. Upcoming freshmen, this one's for you.

1.) No party or night out is more important than a homework assignment, no matter how many points the assignment is worth.

2.) The freshman fifteen is real, even if you go to a big school that requires a lot of walking.

3.) Don't be a shut in or shy at all during your first few weeks. Go out and meet people, try new things, have fun.

4.) The friends you meet here will be different than any of your friends from home. A good different.

5.) Use your meal swipes wisely.

6.) There's no heartbreak that Netflix and ice-cream can't fix-- but don't repeat this system too many times or you'll run into that freshman fifteen problem which will lead to more heartbreak.

7.) The boys you know from back home? So, so, so not worth it.

8.) Underclass boys are also usually not worth it.

9.) Remember your worth always.

10.) Call home as much as you can, you're going to miss the voices of your family members.

11.) Go home when you feel like you need to, it's always good to go back.

12.) Have fun on the weekends.

13.) If you have problems early on in a class, get help then.

14.) Be yourself. People will love you.

15.) Not everyone you come into contact with is going to be your forever friend.

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16.) Never stop sending your family pictures.

17.) Uber everywhere.

18.) Utilize your library-- the study rooms there are your best friends.

19.) An all-nighter while studying will sound like a great idea at around 2 a.m., but you'll regret it by 5:30.

20.) Try to go to class when you don't feel like it so you can miss when you really don't feel like it.

21.) Show your professors that you care.

22.) Try your best in everything, especially the subjects you don't like.

23.) Join more than one club, get involved, but don't overwhelm yourself.

24.) Leave room in your schedule for a nap every day, you'll want it.

25.) Take extra good care of your skin.

26.) Feeling stressed? Exercise.

27.) You're going to have a favorite dining hall, so make sure you try them all out.

28.) Familiarize yourself with your campus as early as possible.

29.) Your advisor should always do what's best for you, if you feel like they aren't, tell them.

30.) Check your grades as often as you can.

31.) Pack as many comfortable clothes as you can, you're not going to want to dress nicely for class every day (or at all).

32.) Never let any person push you around.

33.) Visit your friends from home if they're close by.

34.) Only keep people in your life that you want to be in it.

35.) High school pettiness doesn't go very far in college, so ignore people who still try to center everything around drama.

36.) There are a lot more important things than the number of likes you get on instagram.

37.) Never let yourself or a friend go to bed upset.

38.) If you have a friend who lets you go to bed upset, they are not your friend.

39.) If you're stuck without AC, take an ice cold shower. It works wonders.

40.) Print out a lot of pictures of your pets.

41.) Try your best to have a good relationship with the people you live with.

42.) Always stand your ground, don't let anyone walk all over you.

43.) Classical music works wonders when you need to calm down.

44.) Your school built a gym for a reason, go use it.

45.) Enjoy the soft serve ice cream in the dining hall.

46.) Take lots of pictures.

47.) Genuinely treasure every moment, this is your last chance to be responsibly irresponsible.

48.) Don't walk anywhere by yourself at night.

49.) Be single. Enjoy being single. Don't rush yourself into being committed to someone, enjoy being on your own.

50.) Frat parties are really fun.

51.) Having a movie night with your friends is also really fun.

52.) Go visit your old high school when you return home and visit your teachers that got you through it.

53.) Enjoy every minute you spend with your family when you're home.

54.) Never ever ever ever blow off anyone you care about for a boy.

55.) Be careful of the reputation you make for yourself around campus.

56.) Always, always go out in groups.

57.) Don't put anything above your grades.

58.) College math? Yeah, it still sucks.

59.) You're going to really really really miss your family. Every day.

60.) College is a fresh start, don't let your old demons follow you to your dorm room.

61.) When you get homesick (which you will), look at some pictures of your family.

62.) Check on your old friends from time to time, even if they haven't checked on you.

63.) Never let any guy talk you into doing something you don't want to do.

64.) Talk about how you feel to someone, whether its your roommate, a friend, or your own reflection.

65.) Always go with your gut in any sticky situation.

66.) The Starbucks espresso drinks are powerful. Use these during finals week or you may not survive.

67.) If you like to stay up late and sleep late, don't enroll in a class that starts before 10:30.

68.) Tell your mom you love her as much as you can.

69.) Email your professors if you're having a personal problem or a problem in the class, you'd be amazed at how understanding they are.

70.) Voice your opinion.

71.) Read your assigned texts when you're supposed to, don't push it all off until the last minute.

72.) Your syllabi are your lifelines, always read them before going to your professor with a question.

73.) If you're unhappy, make a change.

74.) Surround yourself with people who have school spirit and are involved, you are who you hang out with.

75.) A "C" in a class is seriously not that big of a deal. Just try not to make it a habit.

76.) If you have enough time to work part-time, go for it.

77.) There are a lot of people out there to help you, take advantage of it.

78.) If you aren't completely in love with the place you're attending, transfer. You shouldn't be paying thousands of dollars to go somewhere you hate.

79.) Figure out your living arrangements early.

80.) If you have the chance to live off campus, take it.

81.) Thank your parents often for their sacrifices that gave you the opportunity to go away to school. Your tuition could have paid for about 7 all inclusive deluxe couple's cruises.

82.) If you can take your car with you, do it.

83.) Don't miss the school sponsored tailgates or activities, that's how you meet people.

84.) Record videos of your nights out on the town, you'll {hopefully} be glad you did in the morning.

85.) Push yourself to always be better, do better, and try harder.

86.) Are you between an A and a B? Ask your professor how you can bring it up to an A. You never know until you try.

87.) Don't give second chances to people who don't deserve them.

88.) Binge watch Netflix shows as often as possible, it's a great form of therapy.

89.) If you think someone isn't a good person to associate with, you're probably right.

90.) Don't let anyone talk you into using Tinder.

91.) When you hit Spring Break, keep pushing, you're almost done.

92.) Start packing up your dorm room before you go home for Easter (and take some stuff home with you), you'll be thankful you did.

93.) Never go anywhere without a raincoat.

94.) Allergy medicine is important to have, whether you're prone to seasonal allergies or not.

95.) Live every day with the goal of making your family proud.

96.) The small fan hooked onto your bed will come in handy even during the winter, so don't pack it up when it starts to get cold outside.

97.) Make friends who treat you like royalty.

98.) You're going to want to cry a lot in the middle of the week, but it gets better.

99.) Dorm life sucked, but you'll never forget your temporary home.

100.) Your freshman year is going to fly by, and you'll be sitting there at the end of it wondering where the time went. Cherish every moment, every memory and every person in your life.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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5 Tips For Incoming College Freshman

Remember when everyone told you that high school was going to be the best four years of your life.. and then it wasn't? Well now for some of you, comes the BEST and WORST four years of your life. Here's a little bit you need to know in order to be prepared for the eventful year to come.


Yes, believe it or not your parents, friends, and teachers were right. College is SO much different than high school in so many different ways. Luckily, I just survived my freshman year so I was in your place literally a year ago today. Everyone tells you how different college is from high school but they don't tell you how and that's what I'm here for! Lets just start with the 1st difference....

1. A whole new world

You will feel like your in a new world because in a way you are. You will suddenly be surrounded by so many groups of people, new cultures, different lifestyles, different languages, everything is so NEW. Not only are you not going to class with the same people everyday that you have seen in the hall for years but you are going to classes with complete strangers from all over the states and sometimes even the world. You are suddenly going to have to share a room with a stranger or even a best friend which can also lead to some issues. But what is most important to know is that even though you feel alone the first few weeks or even months... trust me so does everyone else, its okay to feel overwhelmed its normal. We all have absolutely no idea what we are doing we are all just pretending like we have somewhat of a plan. I met most of my friends my freshman year through being completely LOST on campus.

2. Making new friends

One thing that you aren't taught how to do in high school or honestly by anyone is how to make friends. I knew most people in my classes throughout high school so when I started college I hardly knew anyone besides my roommate. It definitely took me a while to branch out and start making friends but I had to remind myself to put myself out there and eventually I met some wonderful humans. Remember to always be yourself and you will attract people that WANT to be your friend. It takes time but once again, you are not alone. It will look like people already have their group and stuff but everyone is struggling just as much as you most likely.

3. Responsibilities 

The new responsibilities you will have... get prepared, they will hit you like a truck or at least they did me. You will suddenly be responsible for cleaning your room, doing your laundry, feeding yourself, doing your homework, remembering specific dates, paying bills, honestly the list becomes never ending because you are slowly becoming an adult :(((( I remember a time when I wanted to be an adult, now all i want to do is be in kindergarten taking a nap LOL, Luckily I already was familiar with most of these things as were others im sure but there are also people that haven't had to do some of the things by them selves before which can be overwhelming at times. You will eventually fall into your own personal routine and get your own system going and things will become second nature. Don't be afraid of this, just be prepared in order to have the most stress free incoming year.

4. Academics...

The real reason we are in college in the first place. Yeah, here is where your parents and teachers were right... high school courses and college courses can be either very similar or very different. It honestly depends on what the course is and who your professor is but, for the most part, college courses and professors are much different. Professors do not like to repeat themselves and expect you to remember any important dates they mention. They expect you to write it down, no excuses. In high school you teachers would give you a break but that's not really how college works. Some professors may cut you some slack but most wont. Do NOT waste a professors time and remember that even though you are paying to go to school there, you can get kicked out in a heart beat so don't risk it. Refrain from talking in class, and show up!!! you can miss one thing and the next thing you know you have a 5 page paper due in a few days. Save yourself the stress and just pay attention for the whole 50 minute or hour and a half class you have.

5. Packing 

PACK LIGHTLY!!! I packed so much unnecessary clothes, decorations, etc, that I ended up not needing or never even using. Safe as much space as you can because your dorm room will definitely get cluttered fast and you will accumulate more things throughout the year. So, pack the clothes and decor you NEED. Try your best to not over pack (as hard as it is (; )

6. Homesickness

No one:

Every college student ever: "Ugh I can't wait to go to college I hate living here!"

You know we've all said it but you will most likely get homesick at some point. My house is not far from the College at all and even I still was homesick sometimes. Its one of those things that everyone goes through so remember you are not alone. Luckily, we live in the 21st century too so you can always video chat your fam and send them some love. Its okay to be homesick just try to get more involved and do things you would do if you were at your own house. I always try to bring a few things from home too just to look at and remind myself that I will see my family soon.

Freshman year was difficult for me to adjust to as im sure it was to others, so hopefully you keep these tips in mind this summer as you prepare for your first year of college! I am excited for you all to start this next chapter, welcome to the beginning of adulthood class of 2023!


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