College is the best four years of your life. But you need to go in prepared! And by prepared we aren’t talking about two towels, three notebooks, and a Swiffer. We are talking about real life advice that will help make the next 4 (or 5!) years of your life, easier.
35 Things We Wish We Had Known As College Students:
1. Avoid Friday classes. And 8 a.m. classes. Trust us on this one.
2. Colleges offer so many activities on campus. If you hear about something, go! Don’t let the activities get in the way of your sleep and homework, but you’ll never have the opportunity for this many experiences in one place again.
3. Develop good eating habits. It’s so easy to binge eat cheap pizza night after night. But the long-term effects are not worth it.
4. Romantic relationships can be fun and important, but college is also an excellent time for individual growth.
5. No one is having as much fun as their Instagram account or Facebook profile make it seem. Everyone is confused and scared and putting on a good front.
6. There is more (much more!) to college than partying all weekend, every weekend.
7. The free t-shirt you get for signing up the “perfectly safe” credit card, isn’t a good deal.
8. Go out with your friends, no matter what day it is. Five years from now you will remember that crazy Tuesday night, but you probably won’t remember what you learned in World Lit the following day.
9. If you spend all your time hanging out with or talking to your significant other from high school, you are going to miss getting into new friend groups.
10. OFFICE. HOURS. Go to them. Make an effort. Professors have to be there anyway, might as well drop by and give them someone to talk to.
11. Take professors, not classes. A professor can make or break a class.
12. Live on campus. Every human on earth should experience dorm life.
13. Live off campus. You will develop life skills more quickly if you start paying bills, cooking and cleaning on your own while in college.
14. Utilize the gym. It’s pretty much the only time in your life you will have a free gym, use it.
15. There is no need to pull more than 2 or 3 all-night studying sessions per semester. If you need more than that, you aren’t doing college right. Try to study a little bit every day so you aren’t cramming at the last minute.
16. It’s the one time in your life you get a do-over. No one knows you were the shy kid, the smart kid or the crazy kid. Reinvent yourself.
17. Intern, intern, intern. It will pay off exponentially.
18. Did we mention that you should avoid Friday and all 8 a.m. classes? Really, avoid them.
19. Girls, take care of each other. Do not, under any circumstance, leave your friend behind.
20. You may not be BFFs with your roommate, and that’s okay.
21. Just because there is ice cream in the dining hall that is covered by your food plan, doesn’t mean you need to eat it every day.
22. Take the opportunity to study abroad. You will learn so much about yourself.
23. Call mom. She worries about you.
24. Keeping your dorm door open is one of the easiest ways to make friends. And, if you get bored, wander down the hall and chat with whoever else has their door open.
25. One glass of water for each glass of alcohol will prevent nasty hangovers.
26. Get a mentor. Whether it’s an upperclassman you admire or a working grown-up, they can provide useful insight to your long-term goals.
27. You are going to meet all kinds of people with all kinds of opinions. You don’t have to agree with them, but listen to them and respect them. You would want them to do that for you. P.S. You will probably learn something, too.
28. Stand up for what you believe in, even if you are standing alone.
29. Sometimes, roommates suck. They will eat all of your food, make messes and puke on the carpet. Consider it training for having children.
30. Go to your school’s sporting events, even if you don’t like sports. The atmosphere is fun and you never know who you are going to meet.
31. Don’t smoke cigarettes. Drunk smoking leads to real smoking, which can lead to lung cancer.
32. Don’t go home every weekend. Make college friends and do things with them.
33. Don’t make things more difficult than they have to be. Use smartphone apps, Sparknotes or borrow notes from someone who has already taken the class. Just get through it as quickly and easily as possible!
34. Make friends with everyone you can. It will never be this easy to make friends again. Plus, they could be a helpful contact in the future.
35. Charge your phone before you go out. Every single time.
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