Monday, September 17, 2018

10 things I wish someone told me before college

As fall has finally got here, and everyone is back in school I thought I would share a couple things I wish I knew when I was getting into college. If you have been reading my blog for a while you probably know that I graduated this year, if not, hello newbie! I just graduated in May with my Bachelors in Nutrition and Dietetics after being in college (undergraduate) for eight years (Yah, read that right, and I KNOW!). That eight years is another post worth of information itself, so if your interested in hearing about it let me know in the comments below. I think that eight years taught me so much, so here is a little of my insight...

1. It won't get done unless you want it done, essentially you are your own boss. This is a big one in college and life! Coming fresh out of high school, where your work is getting checked and you can get away with not doing work, it can be a big shock to change your behaviors and get into the mindset that teachers and parents aren't going to be with you every step of the way.

2. Knowing what you want isn't mandatory but it helps. No one knows this better than I said, I was in college for eight years, you shouldn't feel pressured to choose right away but you should decide and commit eventually. Even after you graduate you may not be doing what you went to school for so just remember that it is okay to not know what you want. The best way to find out is to take classes you think sound interesting and some that may even be out of your comfort zone. The best part of getting out of your comfort zone is not only that you will learn something new but you might also meet new people that are valuable to your life and future career.

3. This sounds cynical, but it is beyond true. No one cares more about you than you, as far as looking a certain way to others. It has taken me many years to realize the way others act is a reflection of what is going on with them and has nothing to do with you as a person. Just remember this doesn't mean its okay to show up to class in last night's outfit after a killer rager smelling of booze. What it does mean is no one really cares what your wearing, if your paper got wrinkled in your backpack, or whether or not you stopped for a coffee before class. Don't let the small things get to you and remember you are just trying to be the best you you can be!

4. For a while I felt like no one was helping me when I felt like I needed help or had questions. I was also not telling people I needed help or asking the questions I needed answered. Do not be afraid to tell people if you need help, they can't read your mind!

5. Staying organized helps a lot. This is pretty simple, I know for us lazy girls out there it can be difficult but it helps and just keep thinking how thankful your future self will be!

6. Procrastination makes you feel good in the before moments but during and after the project or task you feel like shit for waiting so long. I used to try and convince myself that I did my best work under pressure in the home stretch the night before anything was due, but the reality was I wasn't practicing time management or disciple by waiting and often the work itself was great, but there were small stupid mistakes that I would of caught if I had more time.

7. Your advisor is a great resource, but probably doesn't know everything. Remember that sometimes they might not be able to help you with what you want, and you may have to do research on your own.

8. Challenge yourself but know your limits there is a difference between taking a class you enjoy and find slightly challenging with a regular course load and taking a horribly difficult class with a full-time job and heavy course load. This may take time for some people to realize, for me I didn't realize this until after graduating, I said yes to everything and loaded my plate so full that I had no time to relax or even think about how overwhelmed I was.

9. Be nice to other people you never know who they might be or who they know. This should be common sense but, networking is so important and you will soon realize the more connections you make in school the easier it will be for you to succeed after graduating. Career aside, it is just general common decency to be nice and you might make a friend in the process!

10. Schedule time to do something for yourself at least every week, if not every day. Time for yourself is so important to maintain sanity and balance even if it is a short walk, a trip to the gym, or watching your favorite show on Netflix, just remember to do something for yourself.

Do you have any tips that helped you through school, or big life lessons that helped you grow as a person? 


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