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Hey friends! Happy Wednesday! Today I’m going to talk about college life. It’s my first post of August, which is back-to-school month! I start school the very last week of August, so I still have a decent amount of time but I know there are some of you in the South already moving in–crazy.
This post is really directed at college first year students, but can be helpful for any college student to remember going into the year! I want my blog to be as relatable as possible, so I have some fun college posts planned for the next few weeks.
College is a big adjustment, whether it takes one week or one year to adjust, everyone is starting in the same boat. Here are 5 of my college tips for the incoming first year student!
Make your room as cozy as possible. I plan on doing an entire dorm decorating post soon, but for now I will just talk about the process! In my opinion, decorating your dorm is really important. Not just because it’s fun to decorate, or because it’s important to buy that fluffy pink rug to match the pink lamp (lol not really!) but this is your new home.
If decorations will make you feel more at home, then make sure you do so! The school year is about 9 months long, so it’s a while. Plus, college is tiring, so you’ll want your own little space to cozy up when you need that nap or get sick for the first time without your mom to take care of you!
Your major does not define you. Most everyone is only guessing at their major thus far. I had zero idea what I wanted to study going into it, so I chose the major that everyone around me chose. You will quickly learn what you do and don’t like, and if you change your major 3 or 4 times, no biggie!
Make use of the advising at your school and talk to the people whose job it is to help you make those class decisions and work out your major. In the end, do something you enjoy, because half the time I talk to adults whose profession isn’t even what they majored in.
Put yourself out there, but also find a balance. I’m sort of killing two birds with one stone with this one. It is so important to throw yourself into the college life as soon as you can! Talk to your roommate whether you knew them going into it or not, talk to your hallmates and the person sitting next to you in class. You may not be besties with these people, but just putting yourself out there in any way is great.
At the same time, it’s also important to have time to yourself occasionally. I really struggled with this not because I wasn’t taking me time, but because no one else was. At all. I specifically remember the first weekend moving in and I swear it’s like everyone had unlimited amounts of caffeine pumping through their veins! That being said, take a sec to chill because it’s a crazy first few weeks. I’ve had a lot of friends go home for winter break and find out they’ve had mono for the past 3 months. Point being, take care of yourself but find a good balance!
Get to know your roommate. Some of us pick our roommates, some of us don’t know them at all. Your roommate is a going to be a big part of your freshman year experience, so don’t waste time getting to know them! Sara and I didn’t really take the time to get to know each other until winter term, and I wish I had done so sooner! You never know who might turn out to be your best friend.
On the other hand, if your roommate situation is impacting your life in a negative way, talk to someone about it! Most schools are very accommodating when it comes to your living situation, especially if it’s getting in the way of your school and your happiness.
Last but not least, have fun! Whatever that means to you. Everyone’s idea of fun is different which is important to remember. Make the most of your first year, because everyone is new together and soon you’ll be looking back thinking how fast it went.
There they are! Five tips for your first year in college. I’m excited to kick off the college posts and can’t wait to share more with you all! Don’t forget to enter in the $500 Nordstrom Giveaway here, and the Smile Brilliant Whitening Kit here!