Awhile back, I wrote about What I Would Tell My Younger Self and it got me thinking about my school years. I am now a senior in college. Boy did time fly. I’ve still got a few more years left, since I’m applying for graduate school, but I feel like there is a lot I’ve learned over the years. It’s very different than high school. You’re off on your own, doing what you want to do, and discovering yourself. I decided to come up with a list of things I learned while being in college. Most, were things I regretted not doing. So I hope I can help prevent any of you feeling this way!
Here’s a few things I learned in college!
1. It’s okay not knowing what to major in—- most people don’t know until the end of their sophomore year. So don’t feel pressured into anything. It takes time. My advice, if you are still deciding, choose a career you love and one you’d be good at. Try to avoid going for career based off your hobbies. You’ll end up hating it and it’ll suck all the joy out! Take some questionnaires, talk to your counselor, or do different job shadows to get a better feel at what you want to do.
2. You need to get involved— this is your best way of making friends and having a social life. There are so many different kind of clubs out there. I’m sure you’ll find something your passionate about! And people who love the same things you do. Also, being active during your college years is important in helping you grow and discover who you are. I joined a few clubs and they helped me figure out my major.
3. Making friends is as important as studying— yeah that sounds a little odd but it’s true. I’ve been to three different colleges and here, at the University of Iowa, I stopped trying to make friends. And now, I’m reaching senior year and feel, well, lonely. You are going to college to get a degree which involves studying. But you’re also there to discover yourself and start your life. I believe our relationships help define us, what we want, and what we think we deserve.
4. Always use your planner— naturally, I am pretty organized. I love my charts, notes, and calendars. They keep me together and on track, obviously. In college, a planner is a must. Of course, if you aren’t reaching for good grades, then maybe not. At my college, we have lectures and discussion sections for every class, so instead of fives classes, we have about 10. With twice as much homework to keep track of. So, buy yourself a planner and use it!
5. Take up every opportunity— there are so many days spent worrying and stressing that relaxing and having fun is put on the back burner. Like I mentioned before, college isn’t just about getting your degree, it’s about enjoying your life with your friends, family, and other loved ones. It’s about creating new memories that will last a life time. So try and make college fun, like it’s supposed to be!
That’s all I’ve got for today! If you are in college, I’d love to hear something about it. Like what you are studying, your favorite memory, your experiences. Let me know in the comments down below!