When I started college, I couldn’t have imagined the challenges I was going to face. College is a learning process in every way possible; it would’ve helped to know what I was really getting into. Here are the things I wish someone told me before my first day.
Your Professors are Allies
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Professors can be scary, but don’t fret, they don’t bite. Building a relationship with professors could result in a letter of recommendation for your dream job, a job referral or advice to kick-start your career.
Don’t be Afraid to Ask
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Don’t feel like your question is stupid. Chances are, it’s the same question a hundred other students were too afraid to ask.
Free Food is ALWAYS a Good Thing
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Broke college students should NEVER say no to free food. Take advantage of events with free food such as workshops, club meetings or info sessions where you can feed your tummy and mind at the same time.
Don’t Live with Friends
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Your dorm or apartment will become your safe space in college. Rooming with your friends isn’t like your childhood sleepovers. Often, personalities aren’t as compatible in close living quarters. Choose your housemates carefully.
It’s Ok to Get Homesick
At first the sense of freedom will be great, but you will miss the warmth and stability you left at home. You’ll find yourself using “I love you” and “I miss you” more than ever.
Money Trees DO NOT Exist
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But scholarships do! Finances should never be the reason to limit your education. Look for scholarships, check out FAFSA or get a student job. Your education is the best investment you can make.
Oh the Places You’ll Go
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College is where you’ll first be exposed to a world much bigger than you imagined. Be open minded and ready to expand your horizons. Take advantage of the study abroad programs. Explore!
A Degree is the First Step
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Employers want to see more than a degree–they want experience. Make the most of your resources in college and enroll in clubs and internships that’ll give you the opportunity to round out your resume.
Find the Right Major
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It’s okay if you switch majors. Do research and volunteer in your new field to make sure this is what you want to do for a living.
You Will Survive an F
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Most colleges let you retake a fail and replace your grade. But learn from your mistake; don’t procrastinate, pace yourself and don’t depend on all-nighters to cram your studying.
Lo Bueno Cuesta
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College is not easy. You’ll face physical, emotional, mental and social challenges, but the sweat and tears will lead to a sweet victory.