12 Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming Into College

12 Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming Into College

I wish someone had told me these before I came to college.

These are some of the things I wish I knew before I became a college student.

1. Life is going to change dramatically but for the better. It is time to move on and embrace the new opportunities.

2. It is okay to feel homesick. It is not a weakness. It is good to feel a need to want to be around your loved ones and keep the connection to your home strong. When you do feel homesick, call a parent, loved one, or friend. It will help!

3. Not all the people you meet will become your best friends. Do not have too much expectation. Some people will come into your life as a lesson to help you grow as a person. Just be yourself and have an open mind. The right people will find their way to you :)

4. You are going to meet a lot of new people that will be meant to stay with you and leave you. Do not get caught up with them. At the end of the day, it is all you. What you do for yourself is what will be reflected in your life. Keep the genuine people close and make no time for toxic relationships.

5. You will have some hard times but that is just life. It is okay to feel upset, down, or lost but always remember, it can't stay that way forever. Share your feelings with someone, do not keep them bottled up, it will make it worse. Understand that pain you feel is about to make way for a positive change in your life. Never lose hope.

6. Be careful! College is time where many people are trying new things. Be bold! But, be cautious, you know yourself better than anyone. Make decision for yourself.

7. You might get confused about what you want to do with your life in terms of your career and major. Honestly, do what you love. Be practical but also follow your heart. This life is yours and you deserve to do what makes you happy. Do not settle.

8. Love will come to you as it will. Do not wait around. Keep an open mind. Do not settle and be careful. Know what you want in a relationship.

9. Work really hard. Seriously. A social life is important and take time for that, but that means nothing if you are not producing the grades you need for success. Really respect your academics.

10. Never lose your relationship with family back home. They are your people. At the end of the day these are the people that will not leave your side. Keep them close and make them feel valued.

11. Be ready for all the change. From now on, life will be change. Some happy, some hard, and some painful. It is all just part of a bigger plan. Stay strong.

12. Lastly, enjoy college. Work hard, meet amazing people and trust me, you will find yourself and that will be an amazing feeling.

There is too much to be excited for so do not be sad about a chapter of your life closing,but get ready for the next one.

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5 Things I Want To Thank My Best Friend For

Because I don't say it enough.

What would life be without friends by your side to enjoy moments with? We often times forget how special people are to us. It is difficult to remember how important appreciation is to show.

Not only to ourselves but to other people. Life gets so chaotic and we get so involved in ourselves and just enjoying friendships that we don't stop enough to give a shout out to the people that mean the most to us. That's what this article is all about: giving appreciation to my best friend, who I don't let know enough how much I appreciate her.

1. Thank you for making golf so much better

There is not a single time where I pick up a golf club that I don't think about our fun times together. A game that is full of so much stress, mentally and physically, you were always able to make it so much more fun. Some of our stories are not appropriate for either this article or the golf course, but they continue to bring me so much joy. Thank you for pushing me to be my best on the course and off. Our journey from high school golf to college golf was one that I wouldn't trade for anything. Now, I get to be your biggest cheerleader on the sidelines and I cannot wait to see everything that the game brings for you.

3. Thank you for supporting me, good and bad

Freshman year of college when we were roommates and exploring a whole new world. From nearly tripling the amount of students at our schools to making terrible decisions, it was all new. We got the joys of exploring it together!

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Never Stop Moving Forward, But Remember Where You Started

Go through those windows of opportunity, but take a minute every now and then to look back.

Being almost halfway done with college is crazy to think about. It seems like it was so long ago when I got here, and yet everything is going by so incredibly fast. Lately I’ve been inspired to reflect more on my life, and I’ve discovered why it’s so important to do so every now and then.

“Remember where you come from.” My friend told me that the other day when we were discussing self-reflection. At first I thought about my family and where I grew up, but remembering where you come from is a lot deeper than that.

Sure I’m glad that I’m branching away from home and becoming more independent, but I’ve met people who’ve moved far away and are still the same person they were before they left.

For me, remembering where I come from is about remembering where I started mindset wise. Today I am becoming more and more involved and using as many resources as I can to create success for myself in life. Two years ago, heck even just a year ago, is a different story.

I had a very different mindset, and I thought that just ‘going with the flow’ was good enough. I stayed on top of my school work and had good grades, but that was my only priority. I didn’t make many efforts to get outside of my comfort zone because I didn’t realize how important that actually is.

Not everyone likes to get outside of their comfort zone, but I promise it’s worth it. Once you do, a whole new window of opportunities open. Go through it and don’t stop. But don’t forget to look back once in a while to reflect and remember where you started.

I’m never going to stop moving forward to reach my goals, but I’m also never going to forget where I came from. People have seen me make changes in my life, and I’ve seen that inspire them to do the same.

When I think back to where I started in college, it makes me appreciate how far I’ve come that much more. It pushes me to go even farther and work as hard as I can to reach my goals. It’s important to remember where you started because remembering that old mindset helps you to reach others who are still in it.

When I realized that I needed to get outside of my comfort zone and do more with my life, people who had been in the same position as me played a big role. I heard their stories of how much they grew from pushing themselves beyond their comfort zone. That inspired me to do the same because I knew I could.

I know that I will continue to grow as a person and expand the mindset I have today. I am still the same me, but I’m a better me because I’m working to be the best me.

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