First Month of College
Start writing a post

10 Things I've Learned In My First Month Of College

It's definitely not like the movies kids.

22
10 Things I've Learned In My First Month Of College

So, I'm sure many high schoolers out there have wondered "Oh I wonder what it's like to be in college." I know I did all the time-especially my senior year of high school. I decided to make a little list on some things that I learned while being here for just one month! Please understand though, that every experience is unique to each person, but these are just some thoughts I've had while being up at Iowa State University.

1. Get yourself a good pair of tennis shoes 

Giphy

You will do SO much walking. Even though I ride the bus to my classes in the morning I still walk to all my other classes throughout the day. I also want to mention that I have blisters on my feet because I wore bad shoes one day, so invest in good shoes guys!

2. Planners are your BFF 

Giphy

A planner will be your lifesaver! Whether it's your Google calendar, a planner you write in, or a calendar on your wall; it can keep track of every single thing you have to do because trust me, you'll be super busy.

3. Walk until it's too cold to walk 

Giphy

You're already cooped up in classrooms and a dorm room the majority of your day, so walk while you still can! Chances are, it'll brighten your mood too.

4. Sit in the FRONT 

Giphy

This may seem like a no-brainer, but trust me the closer you sit to the front, the more engaged you are within the lecture. Also, your professor sees that you are taking an interest in the class if you participate in "active listening." Basically move your head up and down to acknowledge that you are in fact listening to your professor.

5. Use your SI session puhleaseee!

Giphy

I went to one of my SI sessions for the first time this week and I feel like I could take the test tomorrow. Okay probably not really, but I feel so much more comfortable with the content and I just keep wondering why I haven't gone sooner!

6. People don't "sugarcoat" anything 

Giphy

People can be harsh sometimes, but at least they are telling you the truth. College is painfully brutal and you just got to roll with the punches sometimes.

7. You will fail 

Giphy

I struggled hardcore with this and it's only my 4th week of college. Yikes. I always did super well in school and to accept the fact that I will fail a quiz (Which I've already done-double yikes) is difficult. However, you have to understand that this world is a whole new ball-game and it is insanely hard sometimes. Keep going though because we all have it in us to succeed, but we have to learn to accept our failures as they come.

8. You don't have ANY free time 

Giphy

I thought I'd get home at 4 every night and be able to freely do my work and study and watch as much TV as I want. Ha, nope! If you do have loads of free time then you should try looking into doing outside activities. School isn't the end all, be all, and you should want to have fun and enjoy your time here! You truly only get so much, so join a club and make some great friends and memories!

9. Become besties with the people in your hall 

Giphy

It's so much more fun to come home and know that I can walk into my neighbors room and sit down and no one would question me. They are my home away from home sometimes and I just love them so much!

10. Sometimes you may end up eating ice cream at one a.m. after a break down

Giphy

Yep. This did happen to me. Nope. This is definitely not weird when you're a college student. If this happens to you too, just know that you are not alone and that you will get through that chemistry test. I promise!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

7 Fun Facts About The Eiffel Tower

The iconic landmark is reinventing itself with a splashy new color.

1097
Eiffel Tower

Soon, the 2024 Summer Olympics are coming to Paris, and the Eiffel Tower will be in the spotlight.

Embedded so much into Paris's identity, the iconic landmark is no stranger to historic events and world-class gatherings over the years. It is sure to shine again.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Blue Skies Weren't Always Blue

You don't just start as the person you are meant to be; there is a journey full of ups and downs that mold a person, so this is my journey.

2437
Blue Skies Weren't Always Blue

Overall I'd love to say I grew up a happy overly enthusiastic child that was taught to love herself and be loved by everyone else, but I can't say that and I never will. My smile wasn't always as bright as it is today, but this is the story behind my smile, the story about how I got here to the happiest place I'll ever be. I'll begin at freshman year of high school.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

The Heart Wants what the Heart Wants

Just remember sometimes it is gonna hurt, whether we want it to or not!

5419
The Heart Wants what the Heart Wants
Where to start...... Let me start with the cliche that life throws us curveballs and what we do with it is what counts.

One day he walked into my life. UNEXPECTED! And one day he walked out!

Keep Reading... Show less
Content Inspiration

Top 3 Response Articles of This Week

See which conversations rose to the top on Odyssey this week!

5025
Pixabay

New response writers means exciting new conversations on Odyssey! We're proud to spotlight our talented creators and the topics that matter most to them. Here are the top three response articles of last week:

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Heart on a Wet Sleeve

No one prepares you for the honeymoon phase wearing off

6401
Heart on a Wet Sleeve

Let's start off with the simple fact that God made everyone differently. That statement could not be more evident. We try to embrace our differences and set ourselves apart from the rest of the world. What that doesn't prepare us for is when we yearn for a characteristic of someone else. For example, have you ever met someone who can experience this great heart ache and hardly shed a tear? This person just had their heart ripped out and they find a way to carry themselves through it with great composure. Well, not all of us have that desirable trait. Some of us wear our hearts on our wet sleeves. When a person has their heart on their sleeve, it can be viewed as a good thing, that the individual isn't shallow. However,

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments