You just ended what you thought was the best four years ever, but get ready for four years of even better.

College is a whole new world. You will be pushed to your limits socially, physically, and emotionally. You will discover who you are, and learn a lifetime of lessons.

I'm sure you think you know what you are getting into, but I guarantee you are not fully prepared. And you never will be until you begin each new experience.

To help with your journey, here are 8 things for you to always keep in mind as your new beginning starts.

1. Call your parents every day.

You will miss them like crazy and need to talk to them about things that you can't talk to anyone else about.

2. Try hard to make friends.

Keep your door open, talk to new people, make plans, show people you want to be friends with them, don't judge others until you know them, and don't be afraid to be yourself. You will want to surround yourself with people to support you and love you no matter what.

3. Don't turn down an opportunity.

Do as much as you can. Be open to new people, new experiences, and new adventures.

4. Have a balance between going out and staying in.

Having a night in with your close friends can be just as fun as going out. And it is important for friendships to grow in that environment.

5. Maintain a healthy lifestyle.

We all love pizza, sweets, and fried foods, but the freshman fifteen is a real thing. Eat healthy most of the time while still enjoying yourself, and go to the gym as often as you can. Not only will you stay in shape, but it is also a great way to relieve stress and anxiety.

6. Go to class.

It may be very hard sometimes but do it. Take good notes, pay attention, and make a good relationship with your professors.

7. Stay ahead of the game.

Get your assignments done before the day they are due, study for a test as far in advance as possible. Do not procrastinate. Your grades and GPA will thank you later.

8. Embrace your school.

Go to sporting events, join organizations, and support and accept all of your peers.

Get ready for an amazing four years. Keep all of these in mind, and be yourself.