Hey guys! I hope everyone passed midterms! It’s another week down, and this week I’m skipping the video entry to write out my thoughts for y’all! Whaaaaaat
So college has been one heck of an adventure so far and we’re only three months in. I wanted to provide future, and current students, with some helpful advice -academic and otherwise- that will help you get through your first year and years to come. So without further ado, here are some lessons that might last a lifetime.
- Create new networks! Make connections with friends, reach out to new people…don’t be afraid! By doing this you can meet so many new people and also build excellent mentors for your professional life.
- Figure out if you like coffee; and if you do, get GOOD at making it!
- Understand that you can take action! Want to make a new club? Want to improve your school or community? You, as a young adult, have that power; take it and run with it.
- Take advantage of your professors extra credit assignments and make appointments with them when you have questions. This could make or break your GPA.
- Just because you can skip class and get your notes online, doesn’t mean that you should. (Personally, I broke down how much I’m paying -about $36 per class, per day- who wants to lose that money?)
- Get involved. Get an internship. Get a job. Require as much experience as you can in what you want to do to benefit your future.
- Highlighters and index cards are your new best friends.
- Straight A’s aren’t what is most important. Remember my last vlog? I mentioned that you’re in college to earn an education for you, not an A for your professor.
- Find a work-life balance. It is NOT easy, but it is important.
- Accept the fact that your student ID photo is going to be awful. Join the club, buddy.
- Who’s your academic advisor? Figure that out, quickly.
- Find the best place for you to study. Set yourself up for success, not failure. My place is upstairs in the library. It’s quiet and allows me to focus.
- Learn how to do your own laundry. Nobody wants the “Mom, what’s the difference between darks and whites?” phone call.
- Know the dining hall hours like the back of your hand. Let’s be honest, we all love food.
- Call your parents, often. This will help prevent homesickness and more importantly, that relationship is changing, you need to work hard at maintaining it and all it’s new glory.
- You can eat whatever you want now! But it doesn’t mean you should have ice cream for breakfast.
- Be studious… and then be spontaneous.
- Purchase a decent hard drive. Save your files often, and ALWAYS double save your papers/projects.
- As important as going home is and maintaining ties with people you love, don’t let that stop you from building new relationships on campus every now and then.
- Expect to grow and change. I promise it’s okay. Scary, but okay.
And with that, I will see you on Tuesday.