6 Things I've Learned After a Month of College
HEY FEISTY FAM!
Here I am (once again) sipping a glass of delicious iced coffee in the Oak House, the local coffee shop in the small town of Elon. To be completely honest, I’ve had a rough last few days full of self reflection and thinking. I’m realizing that I have survived my first full month of college, yet I still feel like I have no idea what I’m doing! I think that's one of the perks of being a first year, hehehe. However, I have learned a few tiny things about myself and life through this first exciting month, and I wanted to share them with you today. Here we go:
1) You have to make your life happen.
There are SO many oppurtunities to do amazing things in college, even as a first year. Don’t assume because you are young and new that they don’t want you to get involved. Most organizations want students that are committed to the topic or subject at hand, regardless of their grade level. Don’t be afraid to email the head of what you want to be involved and ask if you can do anything. Nobody is handing out opportunities…. You have to go in and GRAB them! You’ll be surprised what you can do if you take initiative.
2) Don’t wait! ACT NOW.
Like I said earlier… it doesn’t matter that you are a first year! Yes, there are some organizations that look for older students, but that shouldn’t stop you! Opportunities show up fast, but they also disappear even faster! Take every opportunities that spark your interest before they fade away!
3) GET INVOLVED.
College is going to be so boring for you if you don’t find other activities to do. Classes are only a percentage of life in college – you have to find other things to fill the time in between hitting the books. Join clubs and organizations that have to do with your interests or something new you’ve never done! You’ll meet people with similar interests, make new friends, and hopefully do awesome things!
4) You can’t be a part of EVERYTHING.
Now, as much as I’ve been talking about joining clubs and such… you can’t be a part of everything. If you try, you will pull yourself in too many directions and you will get overwhelmed. This means you may have to decide to drop a class or quit membership of a club because: 1) it doesn’t spark your interest or 2) stresses you out. When I came to Elon, I was signed up for a very lengthy schedule on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, where I would only have 15 minute breaks in between my 4 classes. However, I thought it would help my sanity if I dropped a course from that day. So, I ended up dropping a class and then picking one up that means on Tuesdays and Thursdays! Don't feel guilty about doing things like that - you need to do what makes you happy and NOT stressed.
5) TIME management is key.
You will have a lot of free time in college with a lot of roaming deadlines. I’m still trying to get the hang of this, but try to use your time wisely. Schedule your days accordingly and make sure you do something productive each day. MAKE LISTS. Don’t be afraid to say no to hanging out with people because you have work to do… you can hang out with them another time!
6) Alone time is very important.
I’ve started to realize that once you start living with people in the same building every day, sometimes it’s good to get away for a little bit. This has nothing to do with the other people you are seeing every day, but more it’s to mentally check up with yourself. Make sure you are doing okay. I am very extroverted, so I gain my energy from being with people. However, time and time again, I’m noticing that going to a coffee shop, putting on some good music in your headphones, and thinking about your personal well being is so important.
These are just a few of the things that I have learned... what are some life lessons that you have learned? Be sure to leave them in the comments or send them to me via social media!
I hope everyone has a great October, and stays safe (if you are being affected by Hurricane Joaquin!)