Don't Forget Your Friends When You Start At College

Yes, College Is A New Chapter In Your Life, No, That Doesn't Mean Abandoning Your Old Friends

You can make new friends without forgetting about your old ones.


College is a time for new beginnings. You can go as far away as you want and you can start over, but it doesn't mean you need to forget your past. Where you come from genuinely matters. You can change and you can let new people and new places bring out different parts of you. It's actually interesting to see what college and the change of environment can do for a person, but it isn't cool when they throw out their entire past.

Whether you like it or not, the people you were friends with up until college shaped a huge part of who you are. It isn't fair to act like they didn't and that they don't matter. In some way, probably in a really small one, they even had an impact on what you decided to do after high school.

Whether you go to a school with people you know or not, it's nice to make them feel included in this big transitional moment. It can get crazy and it may take more effort than it ever used to, but it should be worth it. If people are actually trying to be in your life when they're also busy and going through changes, it should be acknowledged and appreciated. If there are people in your life checking in, it's because you matter to them. They liked the person you were before you decided to take on a new personality.

But it's shocking to see how many people will blow off every person they've ever known because they want to become a totally new person. They don't pay attention to who they leave behind and they forget they mattered to who they leave out. Meanwhile, these people are forced to find new friends and they eventually move on too.

Childhood friends matter so much because they're the ones who know where you come from and what it took when you were on the pursuit to find who you want to become. People may latch on to the product of that when you get where you're going, but they'll never really know what made it happen. Friends can last forever if the work is put in and time and distance stop mattering. Convenience isn't everything for the future to hold up.

And the truth is, some people should take the chance with a new school to change. Change can be so healthy and if you didn't like who you were before then don't continue to be that person you didn't enjoy. If there were people you wanted to get away from and never had the chance to, then go, find the people you need in your life that will fill the holes.

But always remember you mattered to people and those people want the best thing for you.

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10 Pieces Of Advice From My Parents That Have Helped Me Survive This Thing Called Life

I don't like admitting that they're right, but they've helped me through more than they'll ever know.


As I've entered my 20s and have made it halfway through college, I've learned that life can be hard and challenging at times. Like many kids, when I was growing up, I could care less about what my parent's advice or opinions were. Nine times out of ten, I would do the complete opposite of what they said. Once I got older and actually started listening to their advice and put it into perceptive, I learned that they're right more often than I'd like to admit.

1. Don't take things for granted

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I've learned to cherish what I have because I might not always have it. It's easy to take life itself and many things it involves for granted. They've taught me to take a step back from this crazy life sometimes and be grateful for all that I have.

2. Don't be afraid to put your heart on your sleeve


My parents have taught me that if you feel something, don't be afraid to say it or embrace it. If you love someone, then tell them. Don't be afraid to put your heart out there just because you might get hurt.

3. Be vulnerable

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In life, in relationships, in your work. Take risks, get shot down, and then try again. Being vulnerable is scary yet so powerful.

4. You can never have too many shoes


Otherwise known as it's okay to treat yourself. Life is hard, so take care of you. If that means going on a shopping spree every once in a while, then so be it.

5. You're going to be okay

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Whatever it is you're going through, you're going through it and you're going to come out on the other side. It may seem horrible now, but you'll learn from it and be okay in the end.

6. You have to have friends in life


It's important to have people to lean on, especially on your bad days, and to celebrate with on your good ones. You can't just have you or a significant other to rely on.

7. Never be afraid to share your opinion

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Don't be afraid to put your thoughts and opinions out there because they might be wrong. They could have a huge impact on someone or something.

8. Don't stress over things you have no control over

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Everyone is on their own path, which means everything will work out the way it's supposed to, even if it doesn't make sense right now. Again, you're going to be okay.

9. Happy, healthy, wealthy, wise


My dad always says if you tell yourself every day that you're happy with yourself or your life, you're healthy and strong, you're wealthy in love and surrounded by great people, and you're knowledgable or wise, then you can achieve anything in life.

10.  S*** or get off the pot

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My all-time favorite piece of advice. Making decisions can be hard and scary, especially if the outcome could be getting hurt in the end. So, you either make a decision and roll with it no matter the outcome or you walk away.

Thanks, mom and dad for always being a phone call away when I need it! Just know that your advice and words of wisdom don't go unnoticed. For others, your parents have been on this planet much longer than you have and most likely experienced the same situations that you're dealing with. They don't have all the answers, but they are there to help.

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