Top 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before College
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Top 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before College

For all the high school seniors and college freshman who are still trying to figure it out.

Top 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before College

1. You don't have to be in a sorority to have friends. Going into my freshman year the #1 question everyone asked me was "Are you gonna rush?!". I was skeptical of the idea because I've never been much of the "sorority girl" type ,but was scared I wouldn't have any friends. But what I learned was that going to college is about being true to yourself and really finding where you niche is. Just because everyone else decides to rush doesn't mean you have to. I have made some of my best friends in the community bathrooms and during welcome week. Friendships blossom unexpectedly and in beautiful ways, especially your freshman year. Everyone is so eager for new friends right off the bat and soon find their own niche of friends. There are so many other clubs and opportunities on campus that enable students to form their own unique relationships.

2. Freshman 15 doesn't always hit. Every conversation with college freshman often involve the mention of the notorious "Freshman 15". But luckily the "Freshman 15" isn't as scary as you think. Weight gain your first semester of college is very common due to the environment change and the stresses of your new lifestyle. However, gaining the "Freshman 15" entirely most likely won't happen to you. It is harder to maintain your weight from high school because it's harder to find time to workout and your access to food is just one easy swipe into the unlimited cafeteria. But, in all honesty as long as your not eating Mcdonalds 24/7 you'll be fine! (But, just be sure to beware of the unlimited meal plans and those late night munchies)

3. All-nighters don't equal success. It seems like the unspoken goal for freshman is to pull "all-nighters" just to post it all over your snapchat story and catch a great pic of that morning cup of Starbucks. Unfortunately though, sleep is the most important ingredient to success in college. You have to juggle a variety of things in college that you didn't before, like enormous amounts of free time during the day (which is easier spent watching Netflix over studying) and much more eventful weekends. Most of the time school work gets lost in the mix and results in all-nighters to catch up ,but it's important to manage your time wisely in order to get as much sleep as possible. It is easier to retain all the information you learn in a day's worth of lectures on a solid night of sleep rather than running through the week on a few hours of sleep.

4. Psycho Roommates Do Exist. You always hear crazy stories about the people who throw out their roommates clothes or even roommates that don't take showers! But of course we all think "that will NEVER happen to me". But, I am here to tell you that you may in fact wind up with the "Psycho Roommate". Many of my friends have been in situations where their roommate didn't like to clean up their messes in the bathroom or even worse leave their trash everywhere for everyone else to clean up. Choosing your roommate over a random potluck allows your first year to be much more smooth. Messaging people on Facebook about rooming allows you to find a roommate and even make some friends before heading off to school. And most importantly, it diminishes your chance of being stuck with that "psycho roommate".

5.AP Classes Really Do Prepare you for College. The crazy amounts of readings and assignments of AP classes seem overwhelming in high school and sometimes even pointless. The countless hours staying up to attempt an understanding on the material don't seem relevant until you get to college. AP classes are almost a mirror image of how many college classes work and ultimately give you the perfect preview into the academics of college life. Honestly, I wish I took more advantage of the classes offered to me in high school just because the few I did take really prepared me for what to expect in college. The early exposure helps that transition into college that much easier and makes those AP classes seem worth it.

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