What I’ve learned my first two days of college

What I’ve learned my first two days of college: Advice and reminders

  • Stop judging everyone so quickly. They are all just trying to fit in and do their best, just like you.
  • It’s important to remember everyone’s names. Or at least make your best effort to.
  • It will all be okay. College is here and it’s scary and it’s overwhelming and stressful, but you got this. This is what the school system has been training you for your entire life.

  • Say hello to everyone you meet. Especially if they seem just as scared and awkward as you do. Don’t be afraid to break the ice for once.
  • First impressions can be everything. If you make a bad one, explain yourself sooner rather than later.
  • You can catch a lot of Pokemon at college! Take advantage of it!
  • Everyone you meet serves a purpose in your life. From the guy you meet flirting with you one minute and then your roommate the next, to your RA, to the person sitting next to you brave enough to initiate a conversation.
  • You’ve never done this much walking in your life. Be prepared to feel exhausted – both mentally and physically.
  • Continue writing, continue analyzing, it’s okay to try to find a deeper meaning when most don’t even bother.
  • Your friends from high school are off on their own adventure making their own friends – it might hurt to see that at first, but let that be even more motivation for you to go out and make your own adventure too. But note – it’s also okay and normal to miss your friends from high school too.
  • Remember, you will be emotional for the next week, couple of weeks, or even couple of months. It’s a long and hard transition not just for you, but for everyone around you too. Just keep that in mind the next time
  • You’ve never conformed before, don’t even think about it now. Now is the time to be your truest self. Don’t be afraid to explore yourself either. Take every opportunity that comes your way, be excited to learn, and always strive to be the best, most authentic version of yourself.
  • You will cry. Surprisingly, you may not shed a tear when you say goodbye to your parents and send them off, but once it finally hits you that you’re here in college – that it’s finally time to make a step and investment in your future you will cry. You will cry in the unlikeliest of times – maybe even during that orientation session you took sitting in the front row. But it is okay – let it out and breathe.
  • You’re going to do just fine. Have faith in yourself. Remember why you’re here. Reflect on all you did to get you to where you are today. And don’t be afraid to thank everyone who helped you along the way either.
  • Eat healthy. Read literature. Write from your heart. Breathe deep and with intent. Remember to nourish your body, soul, and mind. Take care of yourself.

 

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