There’s no denying that freshman year of college is a crazy time in your life. Aside from leaving the comfort of your hometown and beginning a new chapter, you’re simultaneously confronted with the rest of your life. We can all think back to the month before college, or first month into college, when you start questioning who you want to be and how you want to spend the rest of your life. To say the feeling is overwhelming would be an understatement.
But, as I think back to that time, there are five things I wish I had done differently my freshman year of college rather than having waiting for the “right moment.” Spoiler alert, there is no magical moment when things will feel right. You just need to take a deep breathe and charge in head first, belive me, it will pay off in the long run.
o Don’t be afraid to speak up in your classes. I often found myself nervous to voice my opinions when it came to lectures and class discussions because I was worried about being “wrong.” In fashion, many times, things are open to interpretation so if you have an opinion, speak up! And, if you do end up being wrong, take it as a learning experience!
Network with Upperclassmen
o The upperclassmen have been in your shoes. They’ve taken the courses you are now taking and have had the internships you hope to have. Get to know them, ask them questions, and learn from the mistakes they’ve made. Once it comes time to apply for internships and jobs these upperclassmen will already be working (most likely) so they will be a great resource.
Try Out Different Things
o Before things get serious your junior and senior year, try out different things. Join the choir, the soccer team, or a sorority! Trying out something new or outside of your comfort zone, it could ultimately lead you to meeting a best friend and finding a hidden talent you didn’t know you had.
o When I started college I didn’t make it a priority to get involved within my major. In my mind, I had so much time so why rush? Instead of jumping in head first and making the most of every opportunity that came by way, I stood on the sidelines waiting for the “right moment.” As stated above, news flash, there is no right time or perfect moment so it’s important to just take the plunge and go for it. The more you do to get involved now the less you will have to scramble senior year when you realize you need to take on more extracurriculars.
o And last but NOT least, have fun! Take sometime to enjoy yourself, you have the rest of your life to work and stress about the real world. So enjoy being a kid for the next year or two while you can.
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