You did it! You made it to the end of your high school career. You should be so incredibly proud of yourself. Most of you probably worked extremely hard to get this point. Some of you....not so much 🤷🏻♀️. Now it’s time to start a new chapter and explore life outside your comfort zone. As you get ready to enter your freshman year of college, you’ll be overwhelmed with all the unknowns. Therefore, I complied a list of 6 things I wish I knew as a freshman. Enjoy 🤗
- DO NOT TAKE 8AM CLASSES
I repeat DO NOT take 8am classes. I know what you’re thinking, “but Sara, I’m a very responsible young adult here. I can handle early classes because nothing is going to stand in the way of my academic career.”
Okay I’m back.
Listen, I get that you were probably the perfect student in high school but you’re in the big leagues now. It’s inevitable that you’ll want to go to your first frat party or out with some friends. You DO NOT want to be rolling into that 8am class in the same clothes from the night before and unwashed hair (shout out KayCe)! It’s also inevitable that you’ll have late night study sessions and have to drag your zombie self into that early morning class. So please trust me here, to the point of me begging you, absolutely DO NOT take 8am classes. Save those for when you get your freshmen year out of your system.
- TAKE YOUR ACADEMICS SERIOUSLY....SERIOUSLY!
Nothing really prepares you for this newfound freedom you’re about to possess. You finally get control over your own life and let’s be honest, most of us run with it. I completely condone having a great time your freshmen year but please keep your academics a priority. You honestly don’t want to have to climb your way out of a hole later on, trying to clean up the mess you made. Not that I know what that’s like mom 🤷🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️
- GRADES ARE IMPORTANT, BUT NOT EVERYTHING
I know I know, this is completely contradicting to my previous statement but you have to find a good balance between your personal life and academic life. You don’t want to get so caught up in academics that your personal life and mental health suffer. You are a whole other person outside of academics. Go find that person and enjoy that person too....with balance.
- CONNECT WITH SCHOOL GROUPS
This is one of my biggest regrets in college. I just went through the motions and never really got involved. This often left me feeling very isolated and overwhelmed. Rush a sorority or fraternity, be a part of student council, or participate in a school sport/activity. Not only will this help you survive your college years, it will provide you with lasting friendships and help keep your head above water when you feel like you’re drowning.
- YOU DON’T HAVE TO DECIDE A CAREER JUST YET
It’s okay not to know what you want to be when you grow up. Your freshmen year is the absolute perfect place to find yourself and your passions. You will take your core classes this year but I also suggest taking a class or two that might peak your interests career wise. Connect with your academic advisor for advice and guidance here, they really know their stuff. I know it’s scary and you feel like you have only a few short months to determine what you’ll do for the rest of your life but you really don’t! Use some time this summer to connect with people who are working in the field you’re considering. They are the perfect people to get insight from. I wish I had done this because if I did, I would have known my bachelor’s degree was a complete waste. I was completely unaware that I wouldn’t be able to get a job out of college with my degree because my field requires graduate studies. Please, use my mistakes and learn from them.
- USE THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR
Do you hear me? Big or small, you use that counselor. These magnificent people are here for you. Did you know they aren’t just there for academic related problems? You can go to them with any stress or feelings you might be having regarding your life. Whatever it may be, they will be your greatest tool in overcoming it or finding a positive solution for it. Best part? It’s completely confidential. They absolutely WILL NOT run to your parents and tell them all your secrets. I always tell my clients, “I’m like your walking diary.” That’s what they are, a diary where you can unleash all your stresses and problems with Z•E•R•O judgement. Your counselor will go over the confidentiality policies with you the first time you meet. They will be able to answer any of your questions regarding this.
Moral of my morning ramblings:
I know this is an exciting and overwhelming journey you’re about to embark on. You are bound to make mistakes along the way. Take those mistakes and turn them into life lessons. Please don’t be too hard on yourself during this season of life. This is a period of growth and maturity, you’re allowed to fall every now and again. You’ll find your way and once you do, you’ll look back and be so incredibly proud of yourself.
Congratulations and best of luck Class of 2019!!!