So, that’s it, guys. The first month of my University life is officially over. It was definitely a whirlwind and I am telling you I am looking forward to Fall Break. I can’t wait to sleep in my own bed, listen to my music without headphones, and drive my own car. I miss my mom and my dad and hearing the neighbors shoot of guns at midnight on a Monday. I never actually realized that these little things were things that I was truly going to miss once I was hundreds of miles away from home.
That’s not why I’m writing this post, though. You see, as a freshman music education student, I feel as though I now hold the answers to the universe and these are what I’m going to share with you now. So here’s the important stuff – the things that I learned within the first month of college. Please enjoy and share your own experiences below!
1.) DO NOT, for the love of all things Holy, think that you can handle everything.
Take it from me, the girl who thought she could manage the world. Literally, within the first ten days of school I had:
- declared two majors
- joined four clubs
- went Greek
- got work study
- signed up for 22 credit hours
I’m telling you right now, it is a struggle to keep up with everyday expectations. Do yourself a favor and go easy on yourself – at least for the first semester!
2.) Please, please, PLEASE do not drink more than your body can handle.
You may or may not be reading a blog post written by someone who had to virtually be carried back to campus after a night out. Don’t do that to yourself. It’s not classy; it’s embarrassing. And frankly, it’s in your best interest to know your limits. Otherwise, there may be photos of you clinging to a garbage can for dear life floating around the Sig Ep house not long from now.
3.) Go to office hours!
I am literally not even kidding here. Even if you have what you think may be the stupidest question in the world, go and ask your freaking question! Professors at most (if not all) schools are required to maintain office hours. They don’t shut themselves in tiny, windowless rooms for hours at a time just for kicks. They want to help and are more than willing to! You just have to show the initiative and be willing to ask for help. Most professors aren’t as intimidating as they seem.
4.) Get out (and not just to go to class)!
I am a music major. This means that I basically live in my practice room and I rarely see the sunlight. I’m basically a vampire at this point. There comes a certain point when you’ve reached maximum capacity and when that time comes, put your books down, call your friends and go the heck out. It doesn’t matter if you go to King’s Island, Walmart, or just the Student Union. Take time for yourself. Socialize with people. It’s good for you.
5.) The friends you meet during Welcome Week are likely not going to be your BFFLs.
I was mortified when I walked into Welcome Week and everyone already seemed to know each other. I had never seen any of these people before in my life and when I said goodbye to my parents after move-in, the reality finally set in that all of my friends were two hours up the road and I had to navigate my socially-awkward backside through countless introductions and awkward ice breakers. The good news is, if you couldn’t find someone to cling on to during Welcome Week, you will soon meet all of the people from your major and they will soon become your friends. When I went in for my first day of music theory, I could’ve sworn I heard a chorus of “We’re All in This Together” as I walked through the door.
6.) Don’t forget that you’re there to learn!
You want to hang out with your new friends. You want to hang out with your sorority. You want to go to the movies with the cute person you met at Qdoba. The last thing you want to do is lock yourself in your dorm and do your homework. Just remember that the first and foremost reason that you are in college is to learn. So when someone asks you if you want to go out on a Wednesday night to that awesome zoo-themed frat party, remember that you have that big test the next day and opt to study for that instead! Trust me when I say, there will always be another frat party, but you will never be able to take that test again!
So there you have it, ladies and gentlemen! These were the things that I learned during my first month of college. I hope you agree most wholeheartedly, but (as usual) if your opinion differs, or if you believe I’ve left off something important, please leave your thoughts in the comments section below! I always love hearing from my readers!
Have a wonderful evening~