10 • Things I Wish I Knew Before College

10 • Things I Wish I Knew Before College

It’s hard to believe that another school year is fast approaching, and while it’s now been several  years since I’ve sat in a classroom, the lessons I learnt have still not left me.

Here are 10 things I wish I knew before college, but my most important tip: just like High School, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll countdown the days until you graduate; but don’t let these years pass you by. Appreciate every day.

You will never have an experience like college again.

Do you have any tips to surviving college or university?
Let me know in the comments!

  • It may be difficult, but there’s a way to balance doing well in school and having a social life. Sometimes it will mean staying in on a Friday night, and sometimes it will mean sleeping through an 8 a.m. class.
  • There’s nothing scarier yet more exciting than the freedom that is college. It can be hard to adjust, and easy to get overwhelmed, but a few phone calls home and designated alone time, will help to keep you grounded.

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  • Now – more than ever – people are taking a few years off from going to college (or not going at all) to find themselves and save money before making such a big *and expensive* commitment. It’s okay to take college on at your own pace.
  • Despite what we’re told, college isn’t really the time to find who you are. It’s the time to push your limits and try new things in order to find your strengths and your weaknesses. Chances are, you won’t find true clarity until after you graduate.
  • It takes hard work and willpower but there is a way to beat the freshman 15. Figure out balance. Figure out how to stay healthy in a way that won’t stop you from eating Mac N’ Cheese in the common room at 3 a.m.
  • There may be a day when you look at your pictures from college and not remember more than 3 names. Fortunately, those whose names you do remember have the ability to be life-long friends – as long as you let them.
  • There’s a balance between your home life and college life. It may take some time to figure this out, but learning to maintain all relationships is an essential part of surviving college. It will make things easier when you need an escape from either life.
  • College is expensive! Spend the summer prior to college working and building a budget that can withstand your school and social needs. You’ll quickly learn that textbooks, alcohol, and food are the biggest money grab.
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  • This is great. I graduate in December from college, and all of these things have happened <3

    • I’m so glad this list was relate able! The fact that you’re graduating in December is SO exciting. Enjoy your final semester 🙂

  • Really good post. There is so much I wish I knew before starting university.

    • Thank you so much, Claire! Hindsight truly is so, so powerful.

  • Love all these helpful tips! Have been in college forever (4 years but it feels like forever) and I’m so happy that this is my last year. I just wanted to share a few tips that I have learned over my years:

    1. It’s OK to go to the tutoring centers and seek for help. No you’re not dumb and don’t feel discouraged, everyone goes for a different reason. Even the students with 4.0s go to keep up with their grades, not the just the students with 3.0s and lower.
    2. Join an organization (or more) and be active on your campus. You’ll find the best support groups, awesome mentors, and make lifetime friends (trust me, I am thankful for my organizations).
    3. Utilize the services that the campus has to offer. If they’re making you pay (part of your tuition) for the gym, student activity fees, meal plans, technology fees, and etc. Use them! They’re already making you pay for all of these things, might as well attend the events and grab free swags, hit the gym during your breaks, and use the services your college provides.

    • Hi, Kristin!

      Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment. The entire process of college/university certainly feels like it goes on forever! Although after you graduate, it starts to feel like forever since you were in school. Crazy.

      Those are all PERFECT additions to my list.

      As for tutoring centers, gyms and available organizations, taking advantage of everything that’s offered makes your money go a little farther, help you to have the best college experience, AND let you meet new people. That’s all something I wish I did a little more.

      Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Love this!! I’m in my second year of college now, and this would’ve been great to see this time last year! I also loved this blog post https://janeiredale.com/us/en/makeup-blog/what-is-micellar-water/ , you should check it out! Its similar so I think you’ll like it 🙂

    • Adriana

      Sorry, posted the wrong link! I redid the post but dont know how to delete this one 🙁

  • Adriana

    Love this!! I’m in my second year of college now, and this would’ve been great to see this time last year! I also loved this blog post http://instanatural.com/blogs/news/the-7-tips-we-wish-we-knew , you should check it out! Its similar so I think you’ll like it

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