22 Pieces Of Advice For The College Class Of '22, From Current College Students

22 Pieces Of Advice For The College Class Of '22, From Current College Students

"Don't give up quite yet."
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Being a high school senior is one of the most exciting yet intimidating times in someone's life. One door is about to close, but so many more are just about to open.

The college application and acceptance processes are when reality finally set in for me when I was a high school senior, and the nerves started really kicking in. High school seniors, have no fear, college really isn't as terrifying as some make it out to be.

Here are 22 pieces of advice about college from current college students that I wish someone told me when I was in your shoes.

1. "Don't give up quite yet." -Mollee, Freshman at King's College

2. "Make sure you have enough time throughout your day to study and read for at least an hour to avoid falling behind. Also, keep up on your work and readings for class so you don't feel overwhelmed once exams come around." - Sheridan, Sophmore at Misericordia University

3. "Don't take anything for granted. Things will change and you will become a completely different person - and that's okay." -Brianna, Freshman at Kutztown University

4. "Pick a college that will best suit your needs. For example, if you're someone who likes to ask questions in class, pick a college with smaller class sizes. If you aren't someone who doesn't need or like to ask questions, a larger college may be a better fit for you." -Abby, Freshman at Keuka College

5. "Don't settle on a college/University just because you meet some cool people who are also going there. People change, you change, pick a school for YOU, not anyone else!" -Julia, Sophomore at Bloomsburg University

6. "Graduation day will be here before you know it. Don't waste any time and take every opportunity given to you! And please go to your senior prom. Even if you think you won't, you'll regret not going." -Katarina, Sophomore at Bloomsburg University

7. "The people you were best friends with in high school may not be your friends once everyone goes off to college, and that's okay. Don't stress about things you can't change because you can't force anything. Your life is about to get so much better, I promise." -Danielle, Freshman at Bloomsburg University

8. "Have fun! Take lots of pictures because you will cherish them as you are missing home in the fall. Also, college isn't as scary as everyone says it is, just be nice." -McKensie, Freshman at Keystone College

9. "Learn how to manage your time wisely." -Karamvir, Freshman at Marywood University

10. "It can be intimidating to arrive on campus as a freshman knowing almost nobody, but just be yourself, and you'll make friends in no time at all." -Zach, Junior at Bloomsburg University

11. "Enjoy EVERY moment because you never seem to realize how much the little things in high school tend to mean the most in the end. From being with your best friends that you grew up with everyday to playing your favorite sport and or participating in your favorite activity. After you graduate, everyone parts ways and a new beginning is awaiting. Although you may be counting down to graduation, you’ll forever have the memories and experiences from high school that you could cherish and look back at for the rest of your life. You are close to closing one chapter of your life, which is where another one is waiting to be open to new experiences. College is a huge adjustment, though, but just stay calm and enjoy everything about it." -Jordan, Sophomore at Keystone College

12. "Have fun making memories with your family and friends while you are home, but do not slack off now. Acceptance letters and scholarships are going to mean so much more to you than you think. You’ve made it this far. Keep going and finish strong!" -Jesse, Freshman at Marywood University

13. "You're going to be nervous and think everyone is either looking at or judging you for being the 'new kid.' No one really cares, just do you. -Gianna, Freshman at Penn State University Worthington

14. "Don't over estimate your knowledge, or underestimate your capabilities. You'll think you know it all, and then you'll fail your first exam, however, you're still capable of pulling that C to an A. You're capable of amazing things you didn't know you were." -Jessie, Freshman at Elizabethtown College

15. "Don't be afraid to take risks. There are only so many chances you'll get to make real connections with people and if you're too shy, you're going to miss it. Also, don't be afraid to ask your professor about your work and don't be scared to ask for tutoring if you need it." -Joe, Freshman at Penn State University

16. "Enjoy the ride." -Ryan, Freshman at Bloomsburg University

17. "Do lots of research to find out what field you want to go into. You don't have to know specifics, but definitely pick a general area of study." -Jess, Freshman at Temple University

18. "Enjoy it. Regardless of if these last few days are your “golden days,” make the most of them. It’s the last time all of the people you grew up with will gather, whether you hate them or love them, try to cherish it, cut loose ends, find closure. Overall, just have fun and make memories that you can look back on when you’re older." -Dan, Freshman at Bloomsburg University

19. "Never be afraid to reach out for help in your classes. Go to your professor’s office hours and use your school’s tutoring services if it’s provided. It will help you so much in the long run, take advantage of what you can to help you flourish in your academics!" -Brooke, Sophomore at Bloomsburg University

20. "Try to stay focused as much as you can." -Sean, Freshman at Marywood University

21. "Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. Even if you think you'll make a fool of yourself, do it anyway and try something new. You have to make all new friends and create a whole new identity - it's a once in a lifetime chance so don't let it go to waste." -Karly, Freshman at Bloomsburg University

22. "There are people you haven't met yet who will love you more than those you have known your entire life. Everyone is just as nervous as you are about making friends, just be yourself and you'll be flourishing in no time at all. Also, your professors have office hours for a reason, go to them! Take advantage of all that your college/university has to offer, you don't want to look back on your time in college and be able to say "what if I did this?" or "I wish I did that." -Oriana, Freshman at Bloomsburg University

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My Acceptance Speech For My Letter Of Rejection

Your proposition to make life's bummers Oscar-winning moments.
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This is my acceptance speech for the award I received engraved with the phrase, "You've been rejected." To put this in simpler terms, I did not get selected for the position I applied for. It's certainly no Oscar, but it sure shines like one.

This is your proposition to make life's bummers Oscar-winning moments. This won't be awkward.

Remember the one question we were asked as little ones?

"What do you want to be when you grow up?"

I wanted to be a teacher, a scientist, a cosmetologist and a fashion designer. While a doctor, police officer, firefighter, psychologist or lawyer are some of the other occupations we listed, no one ever said, "When I grow up I want to be a journalist" — not even me.

Around age five, my teacher recognized my outstanding reading — I have a certificate of proof. At age 11, I looked forward to the days we were required to wear close-toed shoes and foggy old goggles. In high school, A.K.A. the era in which we wanted to own both Justin Bieber's latest album and his side bangs, I was the go-to girl to cut your hair. Right before graduating high school, I penciled in one more goal at the bottom of my lifetime to-do list: Attend Parsons School of Design. The following fall semester at Washington State University, I put myself on the track to potentially certify in the apparel design program.

Given all the initiatives I took in my past to explore the little quirks of every profession I ever wanted to pursue, I guess you can say all I have left to do now is choose what it is I want to do.

Here's the truth:

It's been almost eight years since I read a novel for fun. Today, if you catch my nose between pages, it's probably because I am sniffing the perfume sample in an issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. I still don't mind wearing close-toed shoes as long as they add miles to my legs, and click and echo on hardwood floors. I haven't cut my own hair in two years, which means for two years the plastic ties of clothing tags are the only things I severed with my sheers. Speaking of which, I can't remember the last time I snipped through the fabric, or heard the bustling hum of a sewing machine. In fact, I changed my major to be someone in broadcast journalism.

What now? Even though I had all the tools I needed to become a teacher, scientist, hairdresser and fashion designer, I no longer have a desire to become either. What else is left for me to be good at?

It wasn't until recently that I realized my most valuable possession is my voice. That is what I have left for me to become — well, me.

From getting time-outs for talking too much in kindergarten to feeling exhilaration instead of embarrassment after goofing up my first live weather report, I've always known that the expressive bug inside me would never leave. That's something I'm can't wait to live with for the rest of my life, despite the trouble it's put me through.

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13 Times You Say, 'I’m Dropping Out of College' And ALMOST Mean It

Almost everyone can guarantee that college will be the "best years of your life,” but it does come with its challenges.
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Every college student will eventually have this thought in their head.

Almost everyone can guarantee that college is “the best years of your life,” but it does come with its challenges. Here are a few things that make us contemplate the duration of our college career.

1. When you have no idea how much Financial Aid you’re going to receive for the upcoming school year.

Financial Aid is so important because it allows students to not have to worry about paying for school, by being awarded federal grants and loans. Having to wait to know how much aid you will receive until right before the next school year is about to start is very distressing. If you can’t pay for your education out of pocket, you either have to find another way to pay for it or discuss what the next steps are if you’re unable to pay for your schooling.

2. When you have a class before 8 o'clock in the morning.

Nobody wants to get up early in order to get ready and go to class- it just isn’t fun for most students. How does anyone stay awake that early in lecture without coffee?

3. When your professor grades strictly.

A strict grader means it’s harder to succeed, especially when they are nit-picking every single thing you do. In some cases, perfection is the only way to get an A in you professor’s eyes.

4. When your schedule is packed for the week.

You might feel overwhelmed at everything that’s on your plate and that’s due in the near future. Freedom is limited- just remember to take time to breathe.

5. When you hardly get any sleep.

Staying up too late or struggling to fall asleep can be a pain, and waking up in the morning is the last thing we want to do. Having to be up longer than 12 hours at this point requires coffee.

6. When you miss your friends and family.

Being homesick might make you want to pack up your bags every chance you get, and when you are finally back home you just don’t want the breaks to end. All you can think about is the next time you don’t have to do schoolwork or going to be on campus.

7. When you’re challenged in class you might not excel in.

Life isn’t easy, and college isn’t either. If you don’t understand the material, it’s easy to want to give up.

8. When you get a bad grade on an exam.

There’s a reason why exams weigh so heavily and pretty much determine the letter grade you can get in a class. You need to comprehend the material and concepts in order to prosper.

9. When you start falling behind.

Remember when you said that you’d read that one chapter for class this past weekend? Well it never happened, and you have to read at least four chapters if you want to be up to speed with what’s actually happening in lecture. We all know the deal.

10. When your GPA isn’t where you want it to be.

You know you can do better than where your GPA is at now. Just know that you’re capable and have so much potential.

11. When your expected graduation date gets pushed back.

Not everyone will complete their Bachelor’s in 4 years. Having to wait at least another semester to graduate feels like an eternity. You just feel disappointed, stressed, and exhausted. In hindsight, you might have regrets and wish you could’ve done things differently.

12. When you think of whether the decision to go to college was right for you.

There are so many variables that brought you to be where you are today. You may have regrets about the past, doubts about the present, and worries about the unknown future. Rationalize your priorities, and maybe it’ll give you a clearer head based off your initial decision.

13. When life just isn’t going your way.

You might be having another bad day, are sad, or just aren’t in the mood to devote your time to your studies. You’re drained of constantly running to get everything required of you done. You might have made a major mistake and just want to quit, embarrassed of failure.


"College has given me the confidence I need to fail." - Jarod Kintz
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