When you walk through the doors on your first day of College, don’t be mislead. Don’t think you’re the only one with a colour-coordinated map of your classes, stashed in your pocket. Don’t think you’re the only one on the phone with your childhood friends, giggling about the ‘college boys’ you’re walking amongst. And most importantly, don’t think you’re the only one lost, confused, and so far from your normal.
1. There is a way to balance school and a social life and yes, sometimes it will mean staying in on a Friday night or sleeping in through an 8 a.m. class.
2. There is nothing more scary yet exciting then the freedom that is college. It’s easy to get overwhelmed but a few phone calls home will always keep you grounded.
3. Leaving High School doesn’t mean leaving the ‘popular kids’ and in class cliques. It should however mean you’ve found peace with who you are and where you fit in.
4. It’ll cost more money to pursue a degree you don’t want then to drop out and reconsider your path. On a similar note, there’s a stigma in being ‘lazy’ if you take a year off when it could in fact, be exactly what you need.
5. Despite what we’ve been told, College isn’t the time to ‘discover’ yourself. It’s the time to push your limits and experiment with who you are. Chances are, you won’t find clarity until after you graduate.
6. It’ll take more work and will power, but there is a way to beat the freshman fifteen. On the same note, don’t let that stop you from eating Mac N’ Cheese in the common room at three a.m.
7. There will be a day where you look at your pictures from first year and not remember anyone’s name. Fortunately, those whose names you do remember, have the ability to be life long friends if you let them.
8. There is a balance between your home life and college life. It may take some time to figure this out but learning to maintain all relationships will make things easier when you need relief from either life.
9. There’s a stereotype of poor college students that is not entirely false. Spend the summer prior to build a budget that can withstand your school needs and social needs. You’ll eventually learn that textbooks and alcohol seem to be the biggest money grab.
10. Just like High School, you’ll laugh, cry, and countdown the days until you graduate but don’t let these years pass you by. You will never have an experience like College again so enjoy every minute of it.