Dear Incoming College Freshman, you’re about to embark on a four-year long journey. And when I use the word “journey” that is exactly what I mean. College can best be described as the craziest, funniest, scariest, and best journey. During these next four years you’re going to learn, grow, have fun, cry, laugh, and oh so much more. I’ll be honest and tell you that it’s a complete 180 from what you ever experienced in high school. On a social level, on an academic level, on a psychological level- college trumps high school. I promise this will turn out to be a good thing, even if it sounds terribly scary right now. But it is a big change and it does come with a learning curve. That’s why I want to share with you some words of wisdom, straight from a college junior.
Don’t take life too seriously.
In college it can be easy to get caught up in everything and think that your college experience has to be a certain way or look a certain way. That’s not true at all. All the instagram pictures on bid day of all the girls you met joining sororities or all the people going on road trips every weekend doesn’t have to be your life. I want to stress that you must do you. You can enjoy your experience how you want to enjoy.
Still try your best, but don’t stress
Getting into college is a huge weight off of any high schoolers shoulders. However, it’s important to remember to still work hard and try your best. You are paying for your education after all. It’s important to try your best and soak up as much knowledge as you can. But, I also want to warn against stressing about your grades too much. Working yourself up over the fact that your GPA is not a 4.0 won’t do you any good. It will only leave you feeling down mentally and most likely physically as well. Your best will be good enough.
Don’t do it alone
It can be easy to think that you can handle college on your own. You are an adult now and a lot of people expect a lot more out of you than when you were in high school. However, you’re not ready to do it alone yet. I promise you that. It’s ok to ask for help. It’s good to find friends who will hold you up and keep you accountable. Please don’t do college alone. Lean on those around you and allow those around you to lean on you. It will make your college experience that much richer.
With all that being said, don’t forget what a privilege these next four years will be. All the memories you’ll make and all the knowledge you’ll gather along the way are so important. It will add to your life in so many different ways. And lastly, please, please, please, don’t forget to relax, laugh, and find your squad.