It is finally your time. This year is your year. Specifically, your first year of college. You have officially come full circle, although this time around will be much better than in high school.
Stepping into your first year of college, there are so many things one has to worry about. A few of questions that one might have are 'what clothes to bring', 'what classes to take', 'how to decorate your dorm'... The list goes on and on. However, while you're on your deep dive through the internet to answer those burning questions, I feel as though a few things remain unanswered. While knowing what you want your "college look" to be is great, there are some serious things one has to consider as they navigate their first year. So, without further ado, I have compiled a list of 5 things that I think are important to remember as you go through your year.
1. This is a fresh start.
College is nothing like high school. Although the people can still act immature, it is a much bigger pond. There are people you have never met or seen before. This is your chance to make new friends and not worry about past reputations. Here you get to have a new beginning, so make it a good one.
2. It is okay to not know what you want to do.
Family members can put on a lot of pressure on you to figure out what you want to do immediately. Although it is amazing to have a bit of an idea, don't sweat it as much during your first year. For now, worry about the Gen-Ed classes you have to take. Who knows, maybe you will like one of those courses and want to run with it.
3. Take as many introduction courses as possible.
This piggybacks off of the tip above because you need to have a certain amount of credits to graduate anyway. Take new classes that interest you and ones that make you go out of your comfort zone. You have to already do it, so why not be smart about it? Intro courses are typically the building blocks to get you to the upper level courses. A lot of classes have pre-requisites that can blindside some students. By knocking out intro classes you are interested in, you won't have to waste time later taking one class to take another.
4. Take as many internships as possible.
Universities have many resources at your disposal and this is the most important one. Not only do internships look good on a resume, but they can also count as a course credit. You're killing two birds with one stone. Yes, you may also be taking classes and probably having a part-time job, but you will not regret taking this opportunity now. It may be hard, but it is worth it in the long run especially if you want that edge on others.
5. It is okay to not go out every night.
Living in the world of social media, you might see a lot of stereotypical college posts about partying late. You might even see students Instagram posts with a different "friend" at a different party every night. That may seem great and they may seem like they're having the time of their life, but it is completely fine to not want to go out all the time. Now, I am not saying you should avoid every social situation possible, however, if staying out late is not your cup of tea and you like going to bed at 10pm, then don't sweat it. Everyone is different. You should always give new things a try, but do not change yourself in order to fit in. If something makes you uncomfortable then your friends should understand that.
As for everything else, well, sometimes experience will be enough to steer you in the right direction. And if you don't know what to do when something happens, just take a breath. A pause is all you need to see things clearly. That and a good nights sleep.
I hope this helps out anyone who is worried about their first year of college. It definitely would have helped me a lot to know these things before school started. If this helps anyone, sound off on our most recent Swim Szn Instagram post with your stories as well as any other tips you might have for incoming freshman!
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For now, good luck and I will see you guys next week.
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