11 Things I Learned During My First Semester of College

11 Things I Learned During My First Semester of College

Some are humorous, some are serious and all are valuable.

The transition from high school to college is one of the most stressful (and equally as exciting) transitions a person could possibly go through in life. It's a time to break free from the mundane routine you went through for the past 18 years and finally move on to "bigger and better things." For a lot of people, this break in routine is exciting. For others, it's a huge source of stress and anxiety.

I soon came to realize that although college brought many unexpected twists and turns to my life, that I was having the experience of a lifetime. Nothing is quite as unique as the experience of college. In no particular order, here are some of the main things my first semester of college taught me.

1. Most of your high school relationships won’t last

The relationships that are meant to be will find a way to work out. However, college brings about a huge change in everyone's life. You all become a little busier and a little different than you were in high school. Don't expect to remain friends with everyone you were friends with in high school.

2. ...but new [and sometimes better] relationships will take their place.

You will find yourself befriending people you never would have dreamed of becoming friends with. These people will become so important to you and will take the place of some of the relationships that fell apart on your new journey.

3. The Freshman 15 is avoidable.

Notice how I didn't say the Freshman 15 is a myth. It's not. Endless amounts of stress combined with endless amounts of food at virtually any given time is a recipe for weight gain whether you're in college or not. Take advantage of the gym and try not to eat like you've never seen food before.

4. You will have bad days.

At least for me, my bad days in college seem to be a thousand times worse than the bad days I had in high school. Stress, being away from home and other miscellaneous aspects of daily college life will make some days seem unbearable. Expect that they will come, but also expect them to pass (because they will).

5. FOMO is real.

You may not realize it until you come home for an extended break, but you will miss home. Eating a home-cooked meal and sleeping in your own bed are things you probably took for granted in high school, but are the greatest of luxuries when you're in college.


In high school, you were handed a syllabus the first day of class and probably never looked at it again. College syllabi outline information that is crucial to your success in class. Read them, understand them and never throw them away.

8. You will waste more of your own time than you ever thought imaginable.

Yes, Netflix, I'm talking about you. One episode turns into five and before you know it, an assignment that was supposed to only take you a couple of hours has turned into an all-night ordeal due to your lack of willpower. Plan for distractions.

9. “If it’s free, it’s good enough for me.”

One of the best things about living on a college campus is all of the free entertainment, food, and events being offered to you at any given time. Take advantage of all the free things you can get, because chances are, you have less money in your bank account than you probably think you do (and even that isn't a lot).

10. The little things are what matter most.

Call your mom. Help your friend out with their homework. Get too excited over finally finding your favorite cereal in the dining hall. The little things will always bring out the best in every day.

11. Don’t get so caught up in a routine that you forget to have fun.

College is stressful enough as it is, so don't keep yourself from having fun. This is one of the greatest and most rewarding experiences of your life; have fun while doing it.

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved

To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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You have no right to hurt others because you don’t agree with them.


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