What I Wish I Knew Before College

As my junior year of college is coming to an end, I am able to reflect on the past three years and give you all some insight into what to expect. Even if you’re in college right now or out of it, you can take something from this blog post.

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  • Don’t be afraid to speak your mind. If there is one thing I have learned from going to college, you are going to be in contact with a lot of different personalities of other students and professors and you may not always get along with other people. Don’t be rude, but don’t let anyone walk over you.
  • Be as outgoing as you can. What do you have to lose?
  • Don’t skip class. Even though you think you’re not missing anything, you most likely are. You’re paying for it, so go.
  • Don’t eat out everyday. It’s going to be tempting because of convenience but pack a healthy lunch instead.
  • Organization is super important. You have much more freedom now and less of a really strict schedule so make sure you’re prioritizing school work, your mental and physical health and relationships.
  • Make an effort to meet new people. Everyone experiences college for the first time so you’re all going through the same thing together. Talk about it with one another and create new relationships. I promise it’s worth it. The best friends I have made are from college.
  • College is going to be a lot harder than high school, I promise you that. This was a harsh reality for me to come to terms with. I went from getting a 3.9 GPA to now a 3.2. This is still pretty good but I was really hard on myself about that for a while. Your GPA doesn’t define you, remember that.
  • Get things done ahead of time. Your work is going to be much better if you have the time to work on it and aren’t rushed. This will also leave more time for hanging out with friends, exercising, relaxing, partying, etc.
  • Work during the school year if you can. This will not only give you experience to put on your resume but you will also learn tremendous time management skills.

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I’m always interested in more tips concerning college, considering I’ve still got another year or two. Leave your tips below for me.

XOXO, Tayler

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