30 Pieces Of Advice We All Wish We Were Given Before College

30 Pieces Of Advice We All Wish We Were Given Before College

Freshman year is going to be awkward, just accept it.

Everyone enters college with set expectations for the next four or so years.

These expectations are sometimes realistic, but most of the time life will happen and what you once thought would happen does not go according to plan. Although the unplanned moments are not necessarily bad, they can unsettle us.

After surveying friends and family, these are the following 30 things that people wish they were told to expect before going to college.

1. There will be moments when you want to be surrounded by your friends and other times when the idea of being around people all the time is suffocating.

2. How much I was going to miss out by working full-time.

3. You miss out on a lot of fun when you go home on the weekend.

4. Come in with a major even if you don’t think that you will stick with it.

5. Reach for the stars and apply everywhere.

6. Making new friends was a lot harder than it looks.

7. I would be homesick.

8. Having your heart set on one place doesn’t mean it’s truly best for you.

9. How much free time I would actually have because I never really got as involved or did as many things as I could have.

10. How much of a pain registration is every semester.

11. Sometimes people just aren't going to respect you, and when you recognize that, don't try to make those people have respect for you. Just walk away.

12. You’re not going to meet your future spouse.

13. Care about people more than you care about your GPA.

14. Take care of yourself mentally and physically, and don't be afraid to admit you're struggling.

15. Your friends will change as the semesters go by, but with time you will learn more about yourself and who you'd like to spend time with.

16. I wish my mother had told me that I would have to work harder than I've ever had to work in my life.

17. The majority of the people that I surrounded myself with for the first month or so of school wouldn't be the friends that I was excited to see again after winter break.

18. I wish someone would have told me what good study habits were.

19. Experiencing anxiety is normal and getting a counselor to talk about it is OK and encouraged.

20. Everywhere but the bookstore is cheaper.

21. Chegg is a life-saver and is a great resource.

22. Find a good mentor; they can change your college career.

23. How to do laundry; somehow I missed that one until freshman year.

24. You need to balance academics and social life, but choose to study over the party when needed.

25. Freshman year is going to be awkward, just accept it.

26. College is just a short transitionary period before you really begin your adulthood.

27. I knew nothing about upperclassmen introducing themselves to freshmen before orientation even started. I was leery and suspicious of this guy's motives and blew him off altogether when he might have been someone who really could have helped me.

28. Cherish every moment because what's vital is not only your grades, but documenting moments.

29. Don’t make friends to say you have them. Instead, really try to find the people that you just fit with and have similar interests.

30. I wish someone told me to take more risks and it's OK if you make mistakes.

Cover Image Credit: Unsplash – Etienne Boulanger

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A Few Birthday Thoughts

Goodbye teenage years, hello twenties!


So, it is looking like I am about to leave my teenage years behind. I think that I want to reflect back on this time in my life and think about what I want to keep with me in my twenties and maybe some things I can let go. My teenage years have been full of love from my family and friends; hard work to make good grades in school and creating art. I developed several great friendships that I have held on to across the miles even though I went to college 14 hours away from our previous home. I am so thankful for the friendships I have made in college as well.

It seems like friends you make in your childhood and younger years can really stand the test of time. Maybe it is because when you became friends you were truly who you were. Everyone was genuine and didn't put up walls to protect themselves. You got to know someone on a deeper more personal level more quickly than if you had met later in life. I also think we laughed even more as children and that always creates good memories to look back on. So I think in my twenties I will try to hang on to the "childish" way of making friends. I will try to show my true self and will accept them for who they are, and we will laugh....a lot.

I think a good thing to let go of is always trying to make dead-end relationships work. When we were children on the playground and we tried to play a game together or jump rope and it just wasn't working, we would run off and find someone else. It was easy. It was just natural. Now sometimes I find myself trying to stay in a relationship by being overly nice, giving gifts, trying to find what pushes the persons "good" buttons. I might spend so much time trying to figure this person out that I leave out more solid relationships that are worth my time. So in my twenties, I will try to be more realistic about who to spend my time on. Some people are just never going to stand the test of time. I can continue to be cordial but won't let them rule my time and thought life.

As children, we loved our parents and siblings and would show love to them in a myriad of ways. Maybe it was hugs, pictures on the fridge, good night kisses, playing games, or just quality time spent together as a family. Starting my twenties, I am mature enough to realize the value of these people in my life. Thankfully, I have always known this. I was never the type that was embarrassed if someone saw me walking with my Mom or Dad or being dropped off in the Mom Van somewhere. I always knew these people loved me more than anyone else I was about to meet. But in my twenties, I plan to keep up with my family even when I am eight hours away from them. We are never too old to need the love of family.

As weird as it is to say goodbye to my teenage years, it's honestly helped me to soak in the precious moments of everyday life and treasure them even more. Every year when birthdays come around, it always serves as a reminder how quickly the days, months, and years fly by. I think that has been one difficult part of this birthday season. It's hard to say goodbye to the past, without a clear map of the future. But, I must remind myself that this is why growing up is a beautiful thing- as we live life and experience new things, we are better prepared for what the future may hold. Everything that I have experienced in my 20 years has served an important purpose- to make me into the person I am supposed to become. Yes, life is always changing and so am I... and change can be hard. Very hard. But one thing to remember is God is always constant. He will never change. No matter what number is on your birthday cake, He is always there...the same God yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is the Rock that we will always be able to cling to. Isn't that a wonderful thought? Even if we don't know what's in His plans for us in the coming year, it's important to make Him a part of our plans. Rather than worry about change, let's embrace it all- the good and the bad- and look to the Lord to see how He will guide and shape us.

Teenage years- the time has come. I must say goodbye to you now. But, you will never be forgotten. I will hold your memories in my heart forever. Twenties- I am excited for all that awaits me.

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9

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