What Your Freshman Year Of College Teaches You About High School

What Your Freshman Year Of College Teaches You About High School

Class of 2017, this is what I learned in my freshman year of college.

I graduated from high school just about a year ago this past week. Seeing all of the pictures and posts from this year's crop of graduates from my high school, it made me reminisce on the past year and everything that I took away from high school, especially now not being a part of the most recent class of graduates. I thought I learned a lot about high school while I was actually there as a high school student, but so much of what I know now has been accumulated since I last walked through those halls.

One of the biggest differences that I noticed is your group of friends. I was lucky to keep my same group of eight girls throughout the last year, and our group chat is as alive as ever. We still hang out, though we haven't had too many occasions to hang out with our whole group; normally, it's in fragmented groups or there are some people missing. However, there's also the changing dynamics for each member of our group with their own friends from school. Now, everyone has their own stories and inside jokes and references (which is so awesome) that does have some impact, which is something I wasn't really expecting.

Now turning to actual things I learned in high school, I'm so fortunate for the education that I received from my particular high school. When I took some AP classes in high school, I knew that they were advertised as college level classes, but I didn't really appreciate the preparation I was getting. Over the course of my freshman year, there was never too many instances when I felt that I struggled too much, and I credit a lot of that to the classes I was able to take in high school. If you have the opportunity to take an AP class or two, I highly highly recommend it to anyone willing to work hard and get the utmost preparation for college.

Another thing I've learned is that often times you hear people describe high school as "the best four years of your life." Hey, for some people who might've peaked in high school, that might be a great description. However, for myself and many other people I know, high school is just the beginning of what will hopefully be a long life with a lot more excitement and success than just what high school brought. Just moving on as a high school senior to a college freshman gave me so much more freedom than and opportunities I had previously experienced. So, if you didn't have that great of a high school experience, don't worry — this is just the beginning of an awesome roller coaster ride.

Of course, there are some things that I miss about high school. Seeing my sister, who will be starting her senior year of high school this fall, go through all of my favorite parts of high school, like prom and DECA and everything else, does make me wish I could go back and do it all again. However, like I said in the former paragraph, you don't want to peak in high school as you'll have so many chances for more exciting and interesting things than you ever could do in high school.

For this year's class of graduates, congratulations — I can't wait to see what you all do.

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter

I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.


One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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High School Seniors Should Be Excited For College, Not Scared

Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.


Going into the summer after my high school graduation, all I could think about was college, and how I was going to prepare to go to a new school and move away from home. Just know, it is not as stressful as you prepare yourself for it to be. You don't need to worry about not having any friends or not knowing how to get to all the different buildings because you have to remember everyone else on campus has been in the exact same position you are in, and there are tons of people on campus to help you.

One of the things I was most worried about was classes and how to know which classes to take. My advice is to go to counseling and plan out your classes before you register. Planning out classes will drastically help you stay on track and the counselors will help you make a balanced schedule that you can actually handle.

Another piece of advice would be to not bring as much stuff for your dorm as you think you will need. By all means, bring the essential things that you will need, but remember a dorm room is very small and you share it with another person. You won't have a ton of space for extra stuff and you want to have space to move around and actually live in your dorm.

Finally, if you are concerned about meeting people and making friends, just try and be as outgoing and open as possible. Everyone else in the dorms is just as nervous as you are too meet people, it really helps to try to branch out. Joining clubs or greek life also helps you meet people around campus with common interests as you.

College is not something to be scared of. Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.


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