Since school for most people is starting soon, I want to share the five lessons I learned from being a first-year student at the University of Washington. Even though going to college as an incoming freshman is exciting, it can be nerve-racking at the same time. Hopefully, my advice can help those who are feeling a bit anxious about entering college for the first time!
1—Not everybody is going to be the same as you. Back in high school, I usually surrounded myself with people who are similar to me. However, in college, I was exposed to many different personalities. Sometimes, I got frustrated whenever my college friends do not follow the same habits as me. But I learned to accept who they are because I realized that not everybody can be like me. Because of this, I became more open minded!
2—Dress well to not only impress but also feel less stress. College can be very tiring and even as a fashionista, I often found myself in a pair of sweatpants and a T-shirt. However, I learned that when I put an effort to wear a nice outfit, I feel happier because when you look good, you feel good. Thus, you become more motivated to do well in school! For example, a cute outfit can be like what I am wearing for this post! My look consists of a black off the shoulder top from American Apparel, denim shorts from Abercrombie & Fitch and Adidas shoes.
3—Join as many student organizations as you can. The best way to meet new people in college is to join clubs. Not only you are able to make new friends who share the same interests as you, but also to connect and create a network for finding internships and jobs. For instance, you can find business related organizations if you are a business major. Planning to pursue a career in the medical field? Join co-ed medical fraternities! The options are endless.
4—Take advantage of the school resources. Not many people know about the various resources available in college, so be sure to use them whenever you can! Some include academic advisors, tutoring, workshops for building resumes and counseling centers. These will make your school year a lot easier and smoother.
5—Always remember to relax and have fun. One of my biggest regrets is not reminding myself to take it easy and not let my grades dictate my life. I do not know about you but I get very stressed out about exams and homework. Because of this, I was not able to spend my first year in college to the fullest. Therefore, you should take breaks and do the activities you love, either it is playing a sport, reading a book or spending time with your friends!
Of course, these are from my personal experiences. What are some of the things you learn in college? Let me know in the comments below!