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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2. "We probably shouldn't go out for dinner again...right?"

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3. "I always pick where we go"

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5. "Can you pick me up?"

6. "Is it hot in here?"

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12. "Are you asleep?"

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15. "Can you pick a movie?"

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19. "Can you help me find my phone?"

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21. "Why isn't everyone as great as us?"


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What challenges us changes us for the better.
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Here I am. Sand beneath my feet, wind brushing between my arms, and knee deep in the ocean. I inhale the salty, sea breeze that fills my lungs, and gradually submerge myself in the water. I take special note to the way each strand of seaweed gently glided past my skin. I noticed the way the seagulls on shore gathered in flocks when food was near.

Sometimes, I'll stop mid task and think about all the ways in which my life unfolded, and how it materialized the way it did. Not often, but sporadically, I'll wonder how certain experiences ended so horribly wrong, and how others, went so perfectly well.

During tumultuous times, it is easy to fall prey to the idea that life simply isn't fair. In many cases, that may be true, life isn't fair. Life has a special way of marking us with unpalatable hardships, hardships that if survived, create an inner confidence that you may never have experienced, had you remained in your comfort zone.

Challenges are a part of everyday life. They test you and they empower you to find out what you're capable of. When something comes too easily to us, it becomes easy to take it for granted.

How can we truly appreciate something we didn't earn?

Life has a way of testing your mental strength when you least expect it. These tests can come in any form. For some, the challenge is doing well at school, for others, it is getting a grip on financials.

But, regardless of the challenge, facing up to it is key; dealing with your strifes head on. Doing so will teach you what you're capable of, when the cards are down and a situation seems too bleak to change, and yet you persevered.

I remember countless nights which I laid on my back, gazing out my bedroom window, and dreamt of a world where certain past events never happened, where teenage girls weren't catty and where boys treated all girls with respect, regardless of attraction. I dreamt of a world where the deaths I'd experienced been undone, and my friends and family reigned in harmony. What I dreamt of was a fantasy world.

The most important lessons I’ve ever learned, have come from some extremely difficult times. I didn’t know it in the moment, it can be next to impossible to see the purpose of our struggles when we’re in the deepest, darkest corner of the pain. But if it’s there, you'll never know how strong you until it truly matters.

I remember one summer I was living in a small, rural village in Guilin, China. I was initially petrified of venturing out across the globe, without knowing a single soul in the region. The first night I arrived at my host families apartment, and as I realized that they didn't know a word of English, my heart sank. And yet, I was able to adjust to a kind and loving family, a family who welcomed me into their home, who tried to accommodate me in any way they could, and as a result, my language skills flourished.

Although my heart raced each time I spoke with a local, I can say with utmost certainty that I have never experienced true confidence quite like having a conversation with a local in China. I remember the first time I attempted to buy an apple from a fruit vendor, and she had no idea what I was saying, regardless of how hard I tried to pronounce the proper tones. The next day I returned, bought an apple and this time, she understood a little bit more. I would continue to buy an apple from her everyday for the remainder of my time in Guilin, each time speaking with her more and more.

I was by no means in my comfort zone, and yet, I have never experience peace quite like rural China. I remember one weekend, a few of my western friends and I had gone down to the Li River, and hired a bamboo raft guide to take us through the mountain ranges.

From the vivid, crystal blue water, it resembled a painting we were floating through. I could imagine to the water colors flowing to and fro from the paint brush and the grand mountains ran from the artists finger tips into the sunset. Colors and textures flourished and created a landscape of true beauty.

Trees covered the shores grey and blue rocks. The suns rays lit the land and reflected off the water and to the river boats that ran up and down the river. Bamboo logs painted with browns, greens, oranges, yellows and reds contained countless small and insignificant people. No one could tame, or capture, or recreate the landscape on the grand scale in which it was created. And no foreigner, or local Chinese man giving guided passages could possibly put a price on the region.

I laid on the edge of the raft, as we gracefully followed the stream's current.The intense sun rays soothed my skin, and eased my mind. The raft smelt of pine, seashore, and cooked rice. My feet draped off the bottom of the raft and splashed my lower shins as they floated through the water.

One of the people I was with water colors flowing to and fro from the paint brush and the grand mountains ran from the artists finger tips into the sunset. Colors and textures flourished and created a landscape of true beauty.

The harsh sun rays melted away my thoughts as we gracefully followed the rivers rhythm. It smelt of pine, seashore, cooked rice and whatever else China smelt like. My feet hung off the end of the raft and splashed my lower shins as they floated through the water. It felt like heaven in an instant.

Know that there is a reason to why we’re here, even when things get hard. It’s comforting to me, right now, as I have moved through some of the most heartbreaking, and beautiful moments of my life.



I can recall the moments of injustice that I had previously suffered at the hands of close friends. I can recall the kindness I'd been shown by total strangers. I can think back and pull up over a dozen past experiences in which life showed me an obstacle, and after finding a solution I felt stronger for it.

When you fixate on the problems that you’re facing, you create and prolong negative emotions and stress, which hinders performance. When you focus on actions to better yourself and your circumstances, you create a sense of personal efficacy, which produces positive emotions and improves performance.

The people closest to us show us the way by triggering the old, the unconscious, the pain. Running from difficulty because it is challenging is missing out on the greatest learning. Daydreams turn to nightmares and nightmares turn to daydreams and round and round it goes until we make peace with where we are and who we are here with the epitome of mental strength—seeing opportunity and taking action when things look bleak.


Running from difficulty because it is challenging is missing out on the greatest learning. Daydreams turn to nightmares and nightmares turn to daydreams and round and round it goes until we make peace with where we are and who we are here with. At the end of the day… It’s all love.

Don’t miss out on it by looking the other way.


“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”

Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym


I believe the universe will never give you anything you can’t handle.







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