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10 Things I Wish I Knew Before College

Hey guys and welcome to another blog post! This upcoming fall I will be entering my senior year of college, so I feel like I’ve done this college stuff long enough to have some good insight. So here are the ten things I wish I knew before college:

  1. You will 100% miss your mom’s homemade food. I know this doesn’t apply to everyone because some of us go to different coasts or even countries for college but for me, this was a huge thing. So if you can, try to bring as much of it back with you when you go home for breaks. Sure eating out is fun, but after four years of college, it’s going to get tedious and expensive!
  2. Not everyone is your friend. People have their own hidden agendas, and honestly, most people I’ve met are only in it for themselves, so choose your friends very carefully. 
  3. Major in something you’re interested in and want to do, not something your parents want you to study. At the end of the day, it’s your life and you’re going to be doing this for a very long time, so might as well choose something you’re passionate about. 
  4. It’s all fun and games until you start going out too much and get caught up in that lifestyle. You need to learn to balance and focus on your school work; There will always be another party.
  5. When people tell you not to live with your friends, listen to them! Living with your friends can get distracting and overwhelming. It’s all fun and games the first year, but after a while, you will start seeing how problems in the dorm room are beginning to affect your friendship.
  6. It’s not “uncool” to get to know your professors and participate in class. Your professors are real humans with a lot of experience and resources in their hands! Creating strong relationships will benefit you in the future when you need recommendations or even for networking; you never know who they’ll have contacts too.
  7. Do NOT lose sight of your mental health. Unfortunately, it happens to a lot of us in college and it’s a very dangerous place to enter. Study hard of course but always focus on yourself and your health. Don’t pull all-nighters for every test and put too much strain on yourself; it’s not going to benefit you in the long run.
  8. The first guy that breaks your heart in college will literally feel like the end of the world. Listen to me when I tell you this, it will 100% only get better from there. Freshmen college boys are just as bad, if not worse, than high school boys. They will hurt you, you might trust the wrong people and relationships end, but I promise you will be okay again. 
  9. Most colleges are high school part two when it comes to drama and gossip. Try not to get caught up in that kind of stuff, and distance yourself from people who thrive on drama. It’s emotionally draining, and we left that stuff in high school for a reason.
  10. Take every opportunity that you’re given. If there are networking events or internship fairs get your butt to those places! Don’t slack or say you’re only a sophomore you still have years left until graduation. No, start making moves now because no matter what field of study you’re going into, there will always be competition.

These are just a few things I’ve experienced and seen throughout my first three years of college; of course, everyone’s experience is different! So don’t expect every one of these bullet points to happen to you, this was simply my insight, and maybe you can even avoid or stop them from happening to you. Have any other tips to share? Comment them down below I’d love to hear everyone else’s experiences!

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8 Comments

  1. Great tips! There is so much I wish I could tell myself when I was starting college. It is such a transitional time of life as you start out on your own.

    1. Thank you for reading! And yes i totally agree.

  2. Great tips! There is so much I wish I could tell myself when I was starting college. It is such a transitional time of life as you start out on your own.

    1. Thank you for reading! And yes i totally agree.

  3. 100% agree with the ‘not living with friends’ tip! I lived with my best friend for a year and it nearly destroyed us. We came out the other side but it was never quite the same. In some ways, it was better, and others, well, not so much. I wish I had thrown myself into college life more so I agree with getting to know your professors and attending all the events. I went straight to living with friends off campus so I didn’t get much of a ‘college experience’.
    I say ‘follow your heart’ with your study because – like you said – this is something you may be doing for all (or majority) of your life, so you better be interested in the subject! I started off as a linguistics major then swapped to public relations. I got my Bachelor’s degree then started a diploma in legal executive work (paralegal) then realized I didn’t like that and NOW I’m pursuing something in fitness instruction. Crazy, right?

    xo, Victoria

    1. Yess! Living with your friends is super hard and ruins so many friendships. I’m in the same boat as you when it comes to sort of missing the whole college experience, If I could redo things I would. It’s crazy how life works out but i’m so glad you tried some things out and realized they weren’t for you and now you’re studying something you enjoy! Thank you for reading 🙂

  4. 100% agree with the ‘not living with friends’ tip! I lived with my best friend for a year and it nearly destroyed us. We came out the other side but it was never quite the same. In some ways, it was better, and others, well, not so much. I wish I had thrown myself into college life more so I agree with getting to know your professors and attending all the events. I went straight to living with friends off campus so I didn’t get much of a ‘college experience’.
    I say ‘follow your heart’ with your study because – like you said – this is something you may be doing for all (or majority) of your life, so you better be interested in the subject! I started off as a linguistics major then swapped to public relations. I got my Bachelor’s degree then started a diploma in legal executive work (paralegal) then realized I didn’t like that and NOW I’m pursuing something in fitness instruction. Crazy, right?

    xo, Victoria

    1. Yess! Living with your friends is super hard and ruins so many friendships. I’m in the same boat as you when it comes to sort of missing the whole college experience, If I could redo things I would. It’s crazy how life works out but i’m so glad you tried some things out and realized they weren’t for you and now you’re studying something you enjoy! Thank you for reading 🙂

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