10 Tips I've Learned in College

07 December 2015

As the first semester of my freshman is coming to a close, I thought I should make a list of things I've learned so far in college. These relate to things I wish I knew in high school while applying and things I'm still learning as I continue on!

1. Use the stairs when it's possible. It saves you waiting time and waiting for people who actually need to use it.
2. Learn how to master 10 minute power-naps. They will come in handy.
3. This is more of a personal one, but Thursday's always seem to be the best days. You're almost at the weekend! :)
4. Sometimes the dining hall decides to get creative with their food selection–this is your chance to try something different. You never know what may become your new favorite dish!
5. There is no such thing as free time. What I mean by free time is time spent staring into dead space. Why do that when you could be doing fun things with friends, starting a project that's due in two weeks, studying for that test at the end of this week, sorting laundry, decorating your dorm, or taking personal time away from the worries of school and reading a devotional or your bible.

6. Don't be discouraged if you get a C on your first test. College and high school are two entirely different systems, so it's OK. It becomes a problem if you don't learn to rebound quickly, learn from your mistakes, and get help when you know you need it.
7. You'll have different friend groups, which is expected because of all the different groups you'll be engaged with. Try to stay clear of drama when you see it–the best part about college is if you have a problem with someone, it's easier to avoid 1 out of the other 10,000+ people you see on campus.
8. There are textbooks that will literally collect dust over the course of the semester. I would advise asking around as you meet new people or checking on Ratemyprofessor to see if the course material is really necessary or your friends could chip in money to all share one book.
9. A calendar, planner, and schedule are things you will need. And as an aside to that note, make sure you buy one that you will want to use (aesthetically pleasing). I remember ditching my old planner because it wasn't fun or colorful.
10. College is a time that really tests your faith in a variety of ways. I'll be making a post on this topic hopefully soon, so be on the lookout!

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