Learn actively, and as much as possibleI don't know about you, but it high school I often felt like I was learning how to pass tests more than I was gaining lasting knowledge about the world around me. I think I've gotten all of two B's on my report card in my entire life, and yet, I often find myself feeling uneducated and naive. I became a master of memorizing things quickly to pass the test, but forgetting them soon after. I think the difference is, in order to learn actively (and remember it) you've got to think, not just remember. In college, I want to engulf myself in my classes, enjoy them, challenge them, and wonder about them. I want to ask questions and have epiphanies and feel confident in my foundation of knowledge, rather than constantly worrying that everyone will suddenly realize I'm not actually that smart.
Say "yes" to as much as possibleTo clarify, I don't mean this in a sketchy, peer-pressure-y type of way. At all. I mean that I want to be unashamedly open to new opportunities, particularly in school, my future career, and blogging. I want to try every new thing that comes my way, even if I doubt I'll be any good at it, or if it's outside of my comfort zone. This philosophy is totally new to me, let's be real. I love to be careful. I love to protect myself from fear and possible shame or embarrassment. I love to do things when I feel absolutely sure, and absolutely prepared. As annoying as it is, though, life doesn't always work that way. Half the time, everyone is faking it, even if they seem like they know what they're doing. Everyone is unsure and unprepared to some degree, and everyone is a little bit scared. So we might as well try anyways, and all look like fools together. That's kind of what college is about, isn't it?
Don't change who you areThis one's a tad complicated, because I'm sure when I come home from college, even after a year, I'll feel like a slightly different person. And I've written a blog before about how it's totally fine to try and adapt who you are, because that's how you figure out who you want to be. But once I have figured out who I want to be (at least for now), I can't let other people's behaviors and expectations compromise that. I don't want to be pressured into doing (or not doing) things that I genuinely don't want (or want) to do. I don't want to change how I love to dress, or how I love to act, or how I love to spend my time, just because somebody else thinks it's dumb. I don't care how desperate I am to make friends. As painful as it sounds, I'd rather not have any friends and still have myself.
(on a side note... Please, god, let me make some friends ☺︎)
Establish productive and healthy routinesIf you didn't already know, I love the idea of productivity. And an important tool in being productive, is having productive routines. When I go to college, I want to figure out a schedule that works for me and stick to it so I can get as much done as possible. For example: When/where I do my studying, when/how much I sleep, how I spend my time, how I find time to relax, how I stay organized. From what I've seen, college students typically seem frantic, rushed, sleep deprived, and groggy. In all honestly, I'm not sure there's any way to avoid that. But if there is a way to maintain some semblance of control and balance over my life, I'd like to try and find it.
Any other students out there who are going back to school soon?