Here’s What I Have to Say After Finishing My First Year of College

Here’s What I Have to Say After Finishing My First Year of College

Wow, that went by real quick.

I feel like time goes by a lot faster in college than in high school. A lot went down this year, but I’m so thankful that I ended up exactly where I needed to be.

College has changed me, almost entirely for the best. So I thought I would do a little wrap-up of all the things I learned this year.

  1. An education is an education, regardless of where it is from. People ask me often if Kent is harder than Lakeland, but the truth is, college classes are going to be pretty challenging no matter where you go. Additionally, there is no shame in going to a certain school- whether it’s a community college, a state school, or even an Ivy. Credits are credits, people!
  2. Mindlessly staring at your notes is a complete waste of time. I learned to make my studying more effective by using techniques that engaged me with the material- flashcards, writing summaries, taking practice tests, etc.
  3. It’s not always glamorous. On Instagram, it might look like everyone is at date parties and tailgates, but I promise, you have to actually grind to get the grades. I went to the library almost every day. Does it get boring? Of course. But at the end of the day, you’re at college to get an education…it’s not all about having fun!
  4. Do not waste your time on dudes who don’t give two flying fruits about you. Unfollow, block, delete. You could be spending that time studying, or you know, looking like the hot thang you are somewhere else. (Unfortunately, I am still working on this one…I am not perfect, lol!)
  5. Say yes: Some of your best memories are going to be the ones that were planned at the last minute. So when your friends ask you to come on a Walmart run at 10PM on a Tuesday, just say yes.
  6. Dress for the weather: No one really cares how you’re dressed, so you might as well be comfortable. Your mom is right, it doesn’t matter if you look like a dork when you’re all bundled up in your winter gear at the bus stop. You’ll regret it more when you try to look cool and you’re freezing all day.
  7. Adulthood is scary, but you’ll figure it out as you go: Do I still call home asking for help sometimes? Yeah, of course I do. But you have to learn small things as you go along. Pretty soon you’ll be booking your own doctor’s appointments and cooking without setting off the smoke alarm.
  8. Go to office hours: I kind of sucked at this at first, but I think everyone does. It’s a good idea to show your face, especially if you’re struggling in a class. Additionally, if free tutoring is offered, take advantage…especially for classes like math.
  9. Major in whatever you want: Stop listening to people who tell you there’s no money in your field, they have no idea what they’re talking about.
  10. Seek out mentors: Whether it’s a professor, an advisor, a friend, or someone else, asking people who are knowledgeable about the job you want for guidance is an excellent idea. They will help build you up and you’ll gain insight, experience, and connections.

There’s probably a bunch more I could go on and on about, but that’s enough for now. Thanks so much for reading and sticking with me, even though I haven’t been posting as much as I used to. It brings tears to my eyes every time someone says they enjoyed one of my posts, so thank you for being here. Thank you for reading.

Grace

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