Anyways, I did "10 things to know about your first week of college" so now I'm doing "10 things to know about your first semester of college." Here's the stuff I've learned.
1. You are still the same person you always were, just with a bunch of new experiences and ideas.
You're just more complicated now, and that's okay. Complicated is good. Nobody wants to be boring on the inside.
2. You have time.
Remember how different it felt to be a freshman in high school versus a senior in high school? Remember how much you changed, and how much you accomplished? You may feel like you want to do everything now, but don't stress out about it too much because you do have seven more semesters.
3. There are few things in life that bring as much pure joy as receiving mail.
Go ahead, send your college student a package. Are you in college? Send your fellow-college-person a letter. I would say that the top three things college students get suuuuper excited about are:
1.) Mail. 2.) Dogs. 3.) Food. In that order.
4. You are not going to be as organized in everything as you hope.
Sorry. Unless you were someone who already wrote perfect, color-coded notes about every reading before college, you are not going to be that person in college.
5. You will end up being a college stereotype at least once. Probably more.
If you're anything life me, you have this sort of irrational fear of being just another cliche stereotype. Especially one that people scoff at or secretly judge rather than respect. Chances are though, since you are a college student, you'll end up being a college student in at least one way. But even if you don't do your reading or never fold your laundry or party a lot or gain weight, you're still way cooler and way more complicated than any weird college shame that adults like to throw around. This is your imperfect life story, and it's totally unique.
6. Don't be afraid to be naive
If there's some aspect of college/ adulting that you don't understand, instead of trying to fake your way through it, just ask a friend. Either they will also have no idea (and probably be relieved that someone is as confused as them) or they will actually know the answer and will happily educate you (people love to know things that other people don't know). It's really a win-win situation.
7. You will change your mind about some things
Either from some new experience or from meeting a new person or learning a new thing, you'll probably change your mind about something. Maybe your most unshakable beliefs will get a little shaken. Maybe you will start drinking coffee even though you used to hate it. It's gonna happen.
8. Honesty is the best policy
In high school I had this idea that being weirdly secretive was the way to go. I mean I'm not a super open person in general, but even among my friends whom I loved I felt like there were certain things I couldn't tell certain people. Well girl, now you're in college. The friendships here are next level. A few of your favorite people are going to know everything about your sooner or later. And it will feel freeing and kind of exciting.
9. You will spend too much moneyYou know, eating dinner downtown, or buying protein bars, or random t-shirts (that are only ten dollars!!), or going to movies. Something that I discovered far too late is that it's a good idea to keep track of how much you spend. I use Dollarbird, an app that, unlike a lot of money apps, doesn't require entering your bank account or even an email or anything before you start using it.
10. Procrastination is not your friend.But it will happen. There are some nights where I have this compulsive urge to check Facebook, like, sixteen times in a row. Who knows why that is. The best advice I have for procrastination, though: 1. Go to the library/ somewhere without distractions. 2. Get a productivity plug-in like StayFocusd (for chrome) or LeechBlock (for Firefox) that limits your time on certain sites. I have mien set so it automatically redirects me here if I spend more than ten minutes on Buzzfeed. ;)
Anyways, those are some things I've learned in college. Expect some more in-depth college posts soon!
P.S. Sorry I've been so absent lately... Hopefully now that I'm home for vacation I'll get some stuff done! ;)