So, you’re about to graduate high school and go off to college. Here are some things my friends and I learned along the way of our freshman year and want you to know.
1. Don’t take an 8 a.m.
You’re going to think that you’re able to take an 8 a.m. because you got up early to get to school by 8 a.m. in high school, but believe me, especially if you live on campus, you’re not going to get up for your 8 a.m.! You’re going to want to sleep in, so just don’t take one.
2. Think about taking a geology course.
Geology really enlightened me about how terrible our planet really is and it helped me come to see that the only way to really fix the problem is to really be engaged in fixing the problem. You have to take a science anyways, why not take one that doesn’t involve math? I think you should take a geology class because it is nice to know about your planet that surrounds you and not just the people in it. One thing we learned that blew my mind was geological time. We are a very small part of this planet’s time; we’re a crack on a sidewalk in New York City. We are nothing and it’s really humbling to be in a class and learn that.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
I am the worst person when it comes to this. I don’t like asking for help. I believed if I didn’t know something then I just wasn’t going to know it. If I couldn’t do something then I should just be a failure. It took me a lot to ask for help, but I’m so glad. I asked for help last semester and I found my best friend and this semester I am hopefully going to pass some classes from asking for help! So don’t be afraid to do it. And if it’s too hard, talk to an RA; they can help you get something set up.
4. Go in open minded.
Have your beliefs but be accepting of others’ beliefs too. You’ll never know who you meet in this world. So keep an open mind and be kind.
5. Go to bed at a decent hour.
I know you’re like, “I’m finally away from mom and dad!” (If you live on campus. If you don’t live on campus then you probably don’t have a bedtime, but you probably have quiet hours.) If you live on campus you have quiet hours and you should go to bed at a decent time. Yes, you’re away from mom and dad. Yes, you don’t have to live by their rules anymore, but take it from someone who her first semester had an 8 a.m. class three days a week and went to bed every night and an average time of 2:30 a.m. it is not fun trying to get up for the 8 a.m. so don’t do it. Just go to bed at like 12:30 a.m. That’s what I do and I can easily wake up now. Well, sometimes.