Advice For College Freshmen They Should Have Heard In High School

To All You High School Seniors, Here's Everything I Wish I Knew Before My Freshman Year Of College

College may be tougher or easier than you think.

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You're finally getting to that time — graduation. For those of you getting ready to head off to college in a few short months after the summer, I wanted to give you the advice I wish I could have gotten coming into college. College isn't easy for some people, and for others, it's a breeze. If you find yourself on the path that I was on, it can get a little challenging, but remember to love the moment while you're in it.

When you first move in, college seems so scary, yet so amazing. You have the freedom to do whatever you want — you can go out five times a week or stay in every weekend. When you get to dorms and finally finish moving in, keep your door open. More than likely everyone is in the same boat as you and itching to make friends, so keeping your door open will let people know that you're actively doing the same. You'll be amazed how many people stop in just to say hey for a little bit, and those people could become your new squad for the year. Although, remember not to limit yourself to one friend group.

I found myself in this position — staying in my comfort zone with the friends I made in the first week. You think, "I already have a great group of friends, why would I need more?" Not to burst your bubble, but I had to burst mine. You have only known these people for a very short amount of time. It may seem like they're the best fit for you, but you really don't know who they are. Luckily, I've made it through the year with my first friend group and we're still best friends, but I've also been lucky enough to make best friends outside of my hall. It's nice to have different people on campus that you're friends with; you can have the opportunity to meet a whole different crowd of people.

Do be careful with your heart. Whether that be with your friends or with somebody you're interested in. This is a new place for you, and it'll be easy to become very attached to people because you're all by yourself in a new place. Protect yourself before you defend others is what I've learned. As sad as it sounds, these people could end up not being in your life by the time you leave this place, so why waste precious memories with people that don't make you all that happy? If your gut tells you to end it, then end it.

Take care of your mental health. Most of the time, college students forget that college requires a lot more work than high school did. With this, your GPA might drop from your regular high school GPA. Give yourself grace. College is hard, being involved in college is hard, taking care of yourself can get HARD. Take care of yourself mentally so you can be the best version of yourself as possible. If you have to skip class to take care of yourself, then skip class. Your mental health comes first—without good stability, mental success cannot come.

Lastly, cherish every moment. I can tell you that my freshman year flew by faster than I could've imagined, and even though I had a fun-filled, exciting first year, I wish I would've enjoyed it more. I wish I would've left my dorm more or said yes to more new opportunities. Remember that college is all about finding yourself. Do what makes you cool, not what your friends find cool. There are thousands of people on campus that will support your passions if your current friends don't — follow that gut feeling.

The typical advice like "Save your money, don't bring so much stuff, yada yada…." is so overdone. We all know those little secrets of what to bring and what not to bring, and you'll figure that out. But college is your first foot into the big bad world, and things can go south. Make sure you take care of yourself along the way. You'll thank yourself for it later.

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.

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My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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10 Tips To Prepare For Your Freshman Year Of College

Tips and tricks for college freshman year.

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Obviously, I am not an expert on college life yet, being that I am only a high school senior. Barely hanging on these last couple weeks of school. I have been preparing for my freshman year of college since the start of my senior year. It is an overwhelming, stressful process and it takes a lot of preparation and time to get it all done. I wanted to give some tips and advice on how I started my process and how I have gotten through it. Starting a new chapter can be really scary, especially if you have no idea what you are doing, I am the oldest sibling in my family, and I am the first to go through this crazy process called college. Though I was uncertain exactly what I needed to do and how to do it, I figured it out and here's how I did it.

1. Have a planner

This is going to be your best friend. It helps you keep your life organized (or at least it makes you feel like you do) and assures you that you meet deadlines. Since I can remember I have always used a planner and it helps me so much. I wouldn't know what to do without it. I have all the dates for when things need to be turned in- like housing and such, and also I have up to when classes start next fall. A planner is so helpful and would recommend getting one if you don't have one already.

2. Talk to friends about their experience

This has honestly been one of the top life savors. I have gotten so much advice from my friends that are in college and they give me the inside scoop and what to do and what not to do.

3. Do your research

Research the school, research clubs and activities that you may be interested in. Get familiar with what is on and off campus.

4. Visit the campus

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I am lucky enough that I am only an hour and a half away from campus and it doesn't take long to get there so I just go when I feel like it. But visiting and being on campus several times defiantly has made me feel more comfortable and more at ease than I would be if I had not visited at all.

5. Embrace times with friends and family

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This is the last summer with you In your house as a full time member. Embrace it! Be with your friends and family as much as you can. You are going to miss them just as much as you are going to miss them.

6. Start doing things on your own

I am already pretty independent but I struggled like starting to make my own dinners because I have been fortunate enough where my parent always took care of dinner. But now they are making me responsible for making my own dinner. Which was a really tough life altering thing for me. It may not seem like it but it was for me. But start doing your own laundry. making your own dinner, getting things yourself etc.

7. Make list

This and my planner have been my saving grace. If I didn't have it there was going to be no progress on the thing called college.

8. Manage your time

This is pretty self explanatory, there is a lot to do during the college process. Be sure not to procrastinate and know when things are due so you can get everything on time.

9. Take summer classes if needed

If you know you are going to be behind in a class, take some summer classes. For example, I am a little behind in math, and I have to take all the way up to college algebra in order to graduate college. Well, I knew I didn't want to take math all four years of college and I knew I was behind. So I am taking some summer courses to not only finish with math earlier but just to be ahead of the game.

10.  Gather everything you need for college!

Make sure you have everything you need for the big day. Set apart some days before move in day to take time and pack whatever you may need so you don't forget anything.

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