When I started college, I thought I already had everything figured out. I couldn't have been more wrong. You learn more about yourself and the world in those four years than you ever will for the rest of your life. If I could go back and tell my college freshman self a few things, I totally would. For those of you just heading into school now, read what I wish I had known when I took the dive into higher education. It will make a world of a difference.
- You don't know everything. So sit down, be open-minded, and absorb everything these professors have to tell you.
- Don't be afraid to join programs and clubs that interest you. I joined a couple clubs in college, but I wish I had joined more. It's a great way to network and get to know people with common interests.
- Summer classes are not easy just because they're in the Summer. In fact, they're harder because they're fast-paced and the sessions are twice as long as a regular class.
- You will make friends. Friends that you will have forever. Who share the same interests as you and who will stay up all night studying with you. Making friends isn't hard or scary like it can be in high school.
- Waiting until the day before to study for a test is not the best idea. Start studying as soon as you find out about the test, and when it's time to take it you won't be panicking. It's much less stressful than trying to cram.
- Go to class. Always. It's so easy and tempting to skip classes, but don't do it. The professors do notice, no matter how large the class is. Also it's much easier to fall behind than you would think.
- Don't try to be someone that you're not. Embrace your interests and personality — college is the time to learn who you are and love it. Pick a major you want to major in, hang out with people you want to hang out with, and be yourself.