My Advice To Incoming College Freshmen

My Advice To Incoming College Freshmen

"Don't blink, you just might miss it."

It's hard to believe that in just a few short days my freshmen year of college will be over. I blinked and it was Thanksgiving break. I blinked it was winter break and I blinked again and it was finals week of spring semester. College is scary. For the first time in your whole life, you're going to be the boss of you. No one is going to make sure you eat dinner, do your homework, or have clean clothes on. It's all going to be up to you to take of yourself. It'll be your first taste of sweet freedom, but from one newbie to another, let me offer you some advice.

1. Be open to new things.

Take that French class even though you took Spanish for the past 4 years in high school. Sign-up for a kickboxing class. Your friend wants to go eat Vietnamese cuisine? Tag along. College is a time to step out of your comfort zone and do new things, don't be afraid. Embrace it.

2. But also don't do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable.

Don't force it. Don't force friendships, love, memories, fun. Trust your instincts and blow that popsicle stand if you don't get the right vibe. Good times and good people will come around I promise. Don't compromise your feelings to just to fit in. You'll find your people.

3. The first month of school is going to be hell.

I'm not gonna sugarcoat it, the first month of college sucks. It's a big ole' slap to the face when you realize that you have to wash your own clothes, wake your own self up, and cater to your own needs. Mommy and daddy can't spoon feed you anymore. Its hard to get adjusted to a new schedule and classes and a new social life, it's stressful. It does get better, I promise you that.

4. Don't overpack.

You don't need your entire wardrobe, prom dress, or a well-tailored suit . You also don't need 20 notebooks and 3 binders. Throughout the semester you slowly start to add more things as you get busier, don't immediately make a mess out of your room.

5. Call your mom, trust me, she's going to miss you a lot.

Speaking from a personal experience, my mother had a very hard time letting go. Your mom is also going to have a very hard time accepting the fact that you're not that kid in kindergarten anymore, you're a college freshman. Call her, it'll help both of you out. It's a big adjustment for the both of you, don't blow her off.

6. Work hard.

College is not going to be a cake walk. Professor's literally could care less about your grades. They will not spoon feed you and if you want an A, you have to study your butt off. I know. Studying is not something you're used to doing, you could get by in high school without ever touching your book. If you want that A, go get it. Learn good study habits and techniques and go to the library. You will never get actual work done in your dorm.

7. But also let loose

After a long week of school, let loose man. Go out to the frats, the clubs, the house parties, the movies, whatever your source of fun is and have fun. College is all about freedom, take advantage of that. No curfew guys! Go out and meet new people, eating pizza at 2 a.m. with your best friends beats getting a C on a quiz.

8. Your dream will change.

You could walk into your freshmen year a math major but realize you stink at math and become an english major. It's okay. It's okay to change your mind. It's okay to wanna be a different person. That is what college is for, everyday you will learn something new about yourself. By the end of the year, you could've gone from an engineering major to a fashion merchandising major. Find your magic and make something out of it.

9. Ask for help.

Don't get overwhelmed with school, your social life, clubs, Greek life, anything. If you need help, ask for it. Someone is always going to want to help you and listen to you and give you advice. You are not alone in this. No one actually knows what they're doing.

10. You'll either have a really good roommate story, or a really bad one.

Your roommate is someone you will never forget, whether that be good or bad. I was lucky enough to have a roommate who became a great friend of mine. Always remember to respect each others things, ask before you borrow and be respectful. You're sharing a tiny space, keep it clean.

11. Figure out what it means to be yourself.

Don't be afraid to be who you want to be. College is the one time in your life you can completely reinvent yourself. No one cares about who you were in high school. What matters is who you are now, who you wanna be and how you're going to get there.

In my first year I've learned so much about myself, my school, my friends, my family about everything. It goes by faster than you could ever imagine. As Ferris Bueler once said "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

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As a Public Relations major, I feel obligated to love and know everything about social media. In some cases I do, but not 24/7. I love the side of social media, especially Instagram, that allows you to see how everyone is doing, whether you like them or not. It also is a space for many businesses to share their platform and certain happenings within the store such as sales and announcements. However, often times I find it as a place to compare and judge based on one picture.

Don't get me wrong, Instagram is not the only source of social media that can cause judgment and comparison, however, it is the easiest. Not only does it allow you to follow your friends and neighbors, but it also gives off the "explore page" which are suggestions for you based on people you follow. This can spiral you, or at least me, into a deep Instagram binge, and you end up comparing yourself to every picture you see.

Although it may be the app that brings me to these profiles, it is, in turn, my own fault that I make myself think the way I and many others do when seeing such pictures.

Past the issue of comparison, is the feeling of needing to post just to post. This has become a common thing with many people that I discuss my feelings about Instagram with. Now that we are in college, Instagram is becoming less and less of a worry, because college keeps us busy enough, so why do we need to update everyone, every other day, or why do we feel the need to.

As we get older, my hope is that Instagram will either die out or become less of a bothersome activity. Like I said, I do like Instagram to some degree but other times it can just be a hassle and too much to deal with.

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Goodbye Teenage Years, Hello Twenties

It's time to be an adult.

I turned 20 this week, and at first, it didn’t feel like anything changed. I was dreading turning 20, to be honest, and that’s mainly because I had to say goodbye to being a teenager.

The teenage years are the golden years and they are when you learn lessons that will carry you through the rest of your life. Whether you learn those lessons the easy way or the hard way, they are sure to stick with you for a whole lifetime.

For me, I learned the importance of family and that they will always have your back. I know friendships don’t last forever and some people aren’t meant to stay in our lives. I know how to stand up for myself and not be afraid to voice my opinion.

Not only are the teenage years the foundation of your life, but it’s the time to let loose and have fun. It's the time to enjoy being a kid and maybe even be a little reckless.

Of course, you are able to do this when you’re older as well, but turning 20 means it’s time to grow up a bit. I need to start focusing on my future because I am not a little kid anymore.

I will always hold those teenage years close to my heart and will always look back on them for guidance. Although I will miss them greatly, I am so excited to step into my twenties. The real world can be a very scary place, but I know I am ready to handle it.

I have grown so much from when I was 13, and I’ve figured out who I am and what I want in life. My twenties are a fresh start and the beginning of a whole new and exciting part of my life.

I can’t wait to see what they have in store for me.

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