Tips From A College Senior
Community

22 Undergraduate Tips From The 22-Year-Old College Student

The best advice from somebody who understands when it feels like nobody else understands.

82
22 Undergraduate Tips From The 22-Year-Old College Student

College is a whirlwind of crazy experiences both in and out of the lecture halls. That feeling that nobody knows what they are doing actually just grows with you from freshman year on. (Maybe this is just life???) Regardless, here are 22 tips from the 22-year-old college student who knows what it is like to question their decisions and contemplate the future all the time. Hopefully, these ideas help to alleviate some anxiety.

1. Split Chegg with a friend

While I don't condone relying on Chegg for homework purposes, it is a nice backup to have when the lecture notes don't align with a single problem on your online homework assignment for the week. Splitting with a friend is a great thing to do because #college.

2. Take a variety of classes

This way, you are exposed to a wide-variety of ideas.

3. Shadow as soon as possible

Whatever career(s) you are thinking of pursuing, it is useful to begin shadowing professionals in the field right away so you can determine if you can see yourself in their position in a few years.

4. Get involved in research early

This is a given, espeically if you are applying to graduate school. Even if grad school is not in your future, getting research experience helps to build a great working relationship with professors and other students as you contribute in the lab.

5. Stack your classes

Getting into your core classes early is the only way to test if you truly love what you're studying. Plus, by always taking full semesters, you are able to expose yourself to more.

6. Remain open-minded to changes

Some of my most worthwhile experiences and lessons learned resulted from changes that, if I had resisted, would never have happened. (And let me tell you, resistance definitely felt like what I wanted to do.)

7. Prioritize your values and roll with that

As long as you are making choices that align with your personal values, you will have have an easier time feeling fulfilled.

8. Quality versus quantity in terms of what's on your resume

Showing that you are well-rounded is still important, but it's more valuable to have a few quality experiences than several sub-par experiences to report on.

9. Make time for your mental health

SUPER EXTREMELY NECESSARY!

10. Start healthy habits RIGHT NOW

What we put into our bodies will help our bodies function to the best of their abilities.

11. Meet with your academic advisor whenever you feel its best to 

This resource doesn't have to stop being available to you just because freshman year of "mandatory advising" has ended.

12. Make a binder to keep all of your important school files in one place

Keep the binder someplace safe.

13. Have a checklist to document that you are completing each degree requirement

While it's good to rely on academic advising appoints and electronic degree audit runs, it's always a good idea to keep your own personal check-list to ensure that everything is on track.

14. Check about taking classes as S/U to help out your GPA

Life. Saving. Tip.

15. Have a good relationship with at least one professor

Professors may seem scary or boring or too busy to even bother. However, start talking to them. They are amazing humans who can assist in your development as a student and citizen of the world.

16. Ask questions

And lots of them!

17. Move foreward with your decisions confidently

Only you know yourself the best.

18. Choose your major for YOU

Don't listen to what anybody else has to say.

19. Use every "failure" as a learning opportunity

We truly learn the most when something does not go as planned.

20. Be comfortable in your living situation

If not, then change it. #noshame

21. Use a planner for EVERYTHING

Keeping a list of due dates for everything, from homework assignments to bills, so that you never miss something. (Plus, the satisfaction of highlighting or marking the item as "complete" is extremely satisfying!)

22. Take a deep breath

This probably should have been the very first thing on the list. At the end of the day, just know that you are trying your best and constantly learning from experience. Breathe deeply, ground yourself, and enjoy the ride.

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

119 People Reveal How The Pandemic Has Affected Their Love Lives, And Honestly... Relatable

"I haven't been able to get out of the 'talking phase' with anyone."

The reality is, there's no part of life the pandemic hasn't affected. Whether it's your work life, your home life, your social life, or your love life, coronavirus (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc on just about everything — not to mention people's health.

When it comes to romance, in particular, people are all handling things differently and there's no "right way" of making it through, regardless of your relationship status (single, taken, married, divorced, you name it). So, some of Swoon's creators sought out to hear from various individuals on how exactly their love lives have been affected since quarantine began.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Nordstrom's Biggest Sale Has The Most Legendary Deals On Luxury Beauty Brands We've Ever Seen

Counting down the days to the Chanel box set gracing my front door.

I oftentimes (excessively) use the excuse of my job as a writer to justify my excessive spending habits.

I needed the new Huda Beauty palette before anyone else in the name of journalistic integrity. It was my job to test out the new Francis Kurkdjian fragrance to make sure I could tell people whether or not it was truly worth the splurge (it was).

Keep Reading... Show less

Listen, you can do whatever you want with your free time. It's yours to spend and you have free range. However, I hope you recognize that there are a ton of proactive things you can do right now instead of stalking your man's ex – yes, I know you do it becuase we are all guilty of it.

Take this time to research your privilege. There are always new things to learn and ways to deepen your understanding of yourself, this world, and your surroundings. We live in a multi-dimensional, ever-changing society that needs your help and your time. By that, I mean there are so many layers to each and every one of us, and with our physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional selves, we can create real, positive change.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

Preview These Top Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 Picks — From Luxury Purses To Skincare

Currently 3 million people viewing the Stella McCartney purse I absolutely must have.

Online shopping has been a guilty pleasure of ours for years, but now more than ever it's been a shopping lover's outlet for all our home redecorating projects and resort wear we're purchasing for that trip we had to cancel.

One of my favorite places to (virtually) window shop has always been Nordstrom. I admittedly can't afford to go on sprees there often, but I still get a high off of adding things to my cart I know I'll never actually end up buying. But sometimes, that's not enough — that's when I, like the masses of luxury-, beauty-, fashion-, and decor-lovers around the world count the days down to the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

Keep Reading... Show less

I remember the days where closet drinking before going to a party or bar was part of the night's itinerary. It was a requirement to have a good buzz flowing before calling the Uber to take you to that bar where you see everyone from your high school at. The pregames were the best part of the night, but it wasn't ever because of the alcohol, it was because of the atmosphere and those who were in it. The number of times I've heard "Wait, why aren't you drinking tonight? C'mon, get drunk with us" is endless, but think about it. Where were you when you were asked that? You were at the goddamn pregame and being there doesn't mean you need to be ripping shots. Being social doesn't require alcohol.

I asked 20 people how they cut back on alcohol while still being social.

Keep Reading... Show less

Whether you are quarantining away from your significant other because of coronavirus or separated by the country lines at this time, it's fair to say that long-distance relationships are tough no matter what. However, there are ways to show love from a distance whether that's through daily FaceTime calls, cute Snapchats, or sexy pics sent to them on their phone. You can brighten up their day even more with some of these unique gifts that can fit any price range and a variety of interests.

Keep Reading... Show less

Rihanna is known for many things: her music, fashion, makeup, and now skincare. As a makeup artist myself, I can confidently say that she rocked the makeup world when she released her makeup line in 2017 and has been influencing the beauty world ever since.

Trying some of her makeup products myself, I know that she doesn't skimp on quality, and even though some of her products may be a little pricey, trust me, you get what you pay for.

Keep Reading... Show less

Friends, no one needs to be reminded that the COVID-19 pandemic rages on in the U.S. Frankly, this is because we have all collectively decided not to do the one simple thing that was asked of us and wear a mask.

I could make this a very boring article, and berate you with facts and statistics and the importance of wearing a mask, but I have opted against that for both of our sakes. Instead, I will attempt to reach you in another way. You might not care about a disapproving look from me, but from Nick Miller? Maybe that will be enough to change your mind.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments