Dear Freshman me,
Highschool is over. No more cookies for breakfast, proms, or unflattering yet convenient uniforms. You are one step closer to the real world. If I am not the first, let me be the next to tell you that I am proud of you. Choosing to go to college & choosing a major is not only a huge step but a HUGE commitment. Please don’t forget that life is not supposed to be planned out perfectly, that would make it boring (don’t ya think?). So, if you don’t like your school or your major but you are scared to change because it will ruin the plan you, your counselors, and your parents came up with – don’t be scared. Life has its’ ways of having everything work out the way they are supposed to. So, here are some tips for freshman year that everyone tells you, that I wish you would have taken a little more seriously.
Learn to balance. Balance school and fun. Don’t go all fun one weekend and give yourself a week of hell. But also don’t stay in 24/7 studying because you will feel like a balloon that is about to burst. Create a balance. Create a schedule. Create happiness.
Don’t be afraid to call your parents for anything. They will worry about you and it will give them comfort knowing that you confide in them still, no matter how many miles away you are. They’ll want to know what you did, when you did it and who you did it with; most phone calls will be a game of 20 questions…don’t get mad. Realize, they’ve seen you 24/7 for 18 years, its hard for them too. They’ll ask if you’re studying and urge you to cut back on the all nighters and eat healthy.
Greek Life is not just about throwing up your sign. Going Greek was the best decision my friends have mader. I know it isn’t for everyone, but if you are even considering, why not try it out? Believe it or not, there is more to sororities than matching t-shirts and big letters and there are more to fraternities than big parties and khakis.
Find your study space. Sooner…rather than later. Whether it is on the dock by the river, the study corners in the library or in your dorm room with music blasting. Find it quick- the sooner the better.
Don’t get too down on yourself. Being a science major is hard. Sometimes getting a C on an exam feels just as good as getting an A when you took it on three hours of sleep. Don’t be upset because your roommate or friends did better. College is hard. Especially freshman year.
Don’t wish this away. Yes it can be hard and sad and stressful and there will be nights you sit and cry. But high school was not the greatest time of your life. This is the time it will get better. From moving into a 6ft by 6ft room with a stranger to seeing all your “old” friends during holiday break. It sure does fly by and teaches you to appreciate more than you think.
So don’t forget to slow down and enjoy life once in a while. If you don’t, you’ll not only miss the view but a sense of the direction your headed and why you are headed there.