I am by no means a professional advice giver, but I have been through my fair share of experiences that have allowed me to gain a few pieces of wisdom throughout my college career thus far. On my YouTube channel I am doing a Back To School Series and my first video was college advice I had. I gave two pieces of advice for each year I have been through so far. If you don’t feel like reading today, you can scroll down and watch the video below! 🙂
My two pieces of advice for freshman year is to be outgoing and learn to share space/set boundaries with your roommates.
In order to make friends (which is always hard when you know nobody and are in a new place) you need to be outgoing! My freshman year was mainly spent in my dorm room watching Netflix and becoming “friends” with Meredith Grey and Detective Benson. I really enjoy being by myself a lot and I am okay with that, but when I realized I only had 4 friends after my first semester, I knew it was time to change a few things. After I started being more outgoing I started making friends way easier. Sometimes you just have to be the first person to smile or say hi!
Sharing Space/Setting Boundaries
I never had to share a room or bathroom growing up, so sharing that space when I went to college was extremely foreign to me. I had to share a bathroom with 40 girls and a living space with 2. When you live in a small space with other people you realize quickly that boundaries need to be set. Talk with your roommate(s) about sharing clothes, having times for studying, and having friends over. When you set boundaries early on it allows a healthy environment and relationship for you and your roommates.
Sophomore year is when I realized what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and got more involved with clubs/activities.
It’s Okay To Change Your Major
Going into college I knew exactly what I wanted to study and do for the rest of my life. My first semester of my sophomore year that completely changed. I started out as a Health Promotions and Speech Communications major and switched to Advertising and Public Relations. It was the best decision I could’ve made and I love the major I am in now. I even changed my major again this past year (because they changed the name of my major) to Strategic Communications and Social Media Management. If you are worried about not knowing what to study, know that it’s okay not to know. What I have always heard and told people is to take what you are really good at and what you are really passionate about and put those two things together. By doing that it should be clear what you want to do with your life.
This is a self explanatory tip so I’ll keep it brief, but seriously I have met so many great friends through clubs I have joined and intramural volleyball teams I have been a part of!
Junior year was my busiest year yet and a big growing/learning year for me.
Buy A Planner And Actually Use It!
I am all about writing down my class schedule, group project meetings, and homework deadlines. By writing daily in your planner, your life will become 10000x more organized and will help with your time management. My life would be chaotic and homework would not get turned in if I didn’t rely on my planner. This is the planner I use!
Take Time For Yourself
Junior year was the busiest and most stressful year so far. I learned the hard way that if I didn’t take time to relax and take my mind off school then my anxiety would rise. School is so important, but when you are letting it control your life and it is effecting you negatively then you need to reprioritize what is really important. Find something you enjoy that lowers your stress, like working out, reading a book, or watching television.
Hopefully this college advice was helpful to you!
If you are going to be a freshman, what is one thing you are worried about?
If you are or have been through college, what is a piece of college advice you would give someone?
Until Next Time,