15 Lessons I Have Learned From My First Year At College

15 Lessons I Have Learned From My First Year At College

Knowledge I hope to carry into Sophmore year.


Ah, college. I learned so many things inside of the classroom but I learned much more outside of the classroom. Much of what I have learned is through experience. I feel that my first year at college has been amazing and fostered lots of educational, but more importantly, personal growth. I hope to take these gems with me to make my next three years even better..or at least have somewhat of an idea of what to expect. Most of these are practical things that I have learned through trial and error. If we can do better with the practical, we might just make our lives a little easier.

1. Buy an extra set of sheets 

This way you can change your sheets regularly even when you don't have time/energy to wash the originals.

2. Pick up your space for 10-20 minutes a day

This can prevent spending hours on a Sunday cleaning because there is no more room anywhere

3. As soon as you get low on shampoo/conditioner/lotion get more

You will run out a lot quicker than you might think

4. Snacks

Invest some money and space for granola bars, nuts, dry snacks that you can keep in your room. This helps prevent that late night hunger with no way to satiate it.

5. Desk space is important

If you keep one are of your room neat and tidy, make it your desk area. It makes it so much easier to work there and find your books

6. Don't lose your pens

I lost all my colored pens. Twice. It was sad and expensive.

7. Keep everything in its respective folder

Many times I thought, "Oh, I'll just put this in here for now." And then I later spent hours looking for that assignment because I forgot where I put it and it was not in the folder that corresponded to it's class.

8. Invest in a planner.. and use it. 

You most certainly will NOT remember the 10,000 little things you have to do either, so write those down too.

9. Guard your headphones with your life 

I don't think this needs an explanation.

10. A 25 minute workout is better than no workout

Some weeks are busy, hectic, and exhausting. Try to make it to the gym a few times nonetheless, even if it's just for a few minutes.

11. When it comes down to it, go to the lib

Most of the time its nice to sit in the coffee shop with all your friends and spend hours there, getting your homework done along the way. When you have a lot of work, a serious project, or a big test, it's probably best to plan to meet your friends for lunch and spend some hours in the lib. You'll be surprised at how much you can actually get done.

12. If theres a 20% chance of rain, toss the umbrella in your bag anyway

Always better safe than sorry.

13. The hardest part of getting up early is getting out of bed

It's not so different when you're up moving around and getting ready. The hardest part is forcing yourself out of bed. If you can do that, you'll be golden.

14. Don't shy away from spontaneous adventures

It's good to be organized and have a plan most of the time, but some of the best memories come from random adventures with your friends.

15. Do not spend all of your meals/ points on coffee within the first two months of the semester

For the love of all things good , I need to remember this last one.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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Writing Saved My Sanity

Write it all down when you can't talk to anyone.


I love writing.

I have since elementary school, and I've dreamed of becoming a published author. I started off writing stupid plays in elementary school, then it grew it almost writing a full-blown novel in middle school. I have no idea where that thing went to. It was all notebook paper and bad writing. In high school, my writing was kinda pushed to the side so I could focus on school. When I entered college, I started writing small poems about my now ex-boyfriend.

I was scared to express myself to him sometimes, the intensity of my feelings for him scared me. So instead of telling him, I wrote them down. When I tried to share them with him, he hated it. He thought writing down feelings was weird and creepy. So I didn't share anything else with him. When we finally broke up for good, everything just poured out of me. What I couldn't express verbally, I wrote or typed out.

I always have ideas flowing through my head. They never cease and I wouldn't want them to. Writing gives me an escape, from stress, work, school, or fights. It gives me a place to vent and to be open with everything. This is a reason I love writing for Odyssey, not only has this place brought me amazing friends but revived my love for writing. I'm never without my notebook anymore, I'd get distracted in class by an idea and have to write I think then and there.

I love sharing my more personal writing with close friends, especially my poems as of late. I found that I have a voice for young women who find themselves in a toxic relationship much like mine was. I want to speak out and show them that you can grow from the bullshit. It may take some time, but you will be better.

Writing saved my sanity. It allows me to express myself without having to use my actual voice. Anyone who knows me, knows I hate public speaking. I tend to psych myself out leading up to it. My current projects include writing for Odyssey every week, I'm in the process of trying to continue my short stories, and I'm excited to announce that I'm currently working on my very first poetry book!

Writing has given me so much, and I'm so looking forward to making a career out of something I love so much.

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