As my freshman year is coming to a close at IU, I’m struck with complete disbelief.
I can’t believe my first year in the magical land of college is over. As much of a cliché as it is, it feels like only yesterday I said goodbye to my parents, sat down on my bed and sighed.
I had no idea what I was doing.
I remember the moment they left I thought to myself, “Now what?”
I knew some people from my high school, but I was all alone on a floor of girls I didn't know, living with a girl I didn't know and absolutely nothing to do with myself.
Looking back, I realize that I’m probably never going to have that feeling ever again. Next year I’m living with three amazing girls I met in an on-campus apartment.
Next year I won’t be all alone, I’ll be surrounded by people and I probably will be after college and for the rest of my life and I honestly can’t believe it.
Lesson 1: Cherish every moment
Cherish every second you have on campus, especially your freshman year. The first year of college is actually a “year of firsts.”
First time living on your own, first time having a roommate other than your family, first time trying to figure out how to live without a full-sized fridge.
Some moments will really suck. You’ll be driven to tears from stress, horrible days and horrible people. The semester will feel never-ending and like things are just crumbling around you.
Some moments will be the best of your life. You’ll laugh so hard your freshman fifteen abs will ache. You’ll smile as you meet new people and find awesome friends. You’ll do a little dance in the hallway when you get an A on that really hard test.
No matter what, every moment counts and you only get so many.
Lesson 2: Work hard. You’re here for a reason.
This is the lesson that no one wants to hear, but I couldn’t have seen it unfold horribly so many times on campus.
Do not get caught up in all of the parties, friends and happenings on campus.
You are there for one reason: to get a degree. Don’t forget you are paying for those classes you are skipping.
I know it’s fun, but there has to be time to focus too. Trust me, there’s time for both.
Lesson 3: Do everything you can.
I know I was just saying that there is time for both, but college is also only four years.
Please don’t miss out any opportunities because you were too scared, lazy or shy.
Please join the intramural soccer team, the school newspaper and the rock-climbing club. Do whatever you want and whatever you find fun.
It doesn’t matter if your friends are doing it. This is the number one thing I struggled with in both high school and college.
I was just too scared to do things by myself. I improved in college, but I still have a long way to go.
Don’t miss out. Joining something you don’t anyone from is the number one way to make friends.
Though the next lesson is a cliché, it’s still incredibly important to your college experience:
Lesson 4: Have fun.