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32 Lessons I Learned in my First 32 Weeks of College

Since my freshman year of college has wrapped up and I’m home for the Summer with lots of free time, I thought I’d write a post about things I learned my freshman year of college outside of the classroom.  Here are my words of wisdom to you after one year of college:


  1. You don’t have to stay friends with people that make you feel crappy.  
  2. Just because your struggling in a class doesn’t mean you can’t raise your grade, but recognize when you should drop a class that adds too much stress to your life.
  3. Your agenda will be your best friend in stressful (academic) times.
  4. Color code said agenda so it isn’t as messy and full.
  5. Speak up for yourself when something bothers you
  6. Clean your bathroom more than you think you need to.
  7. Don’t be afraid to take a break from homework and studying– you’ll likely make some of your best memories when you do.
  8. You don’t need as many clothes as you think you need.
  9. Life’s gonna throw you curveballs; it is how you react that matters.
  10. Forget about that boy from high school.
  11. But, if said boy makes an effort to be a friend, let him– but just let him be a friend.
  12. Don’t be afraid to tell someone how you feel.
  13. If you shower at night, you can sleep later in the morning and it just makes life a whole lot easier.
  14. Find a relaxing activity that isn’t school related.
  15. Find a support network early on.
  16. Don’t rely on notoriously unreliable people.
  17. Talk to that cute boy you meet at a school event.  It might be scary, but you don’t want to regret not talking to him.
  18. Call your parents often.  
  19. Call your grandparents even more.
  20. Get involved on campus.
  21. Get involved off campus.
  22. Make friends with people that are supportive and validate you and your feelings.
  23. Take every chance to connect with your professors; you never know which professor you might want to write a letter of recommendation.
  24. Nike shorts will be your best friend.
  25. You don’t need a lot of fancy shoes.  You need shoes that you’ll be comfortable walking several miles everyday in.
  26. Take advantage of every warm day to study outside– it is so much better than studying inside the library.
  27. Don’t overextend yourself.  You have plenty of time to do everything you need to get done in your 4 years.
  28. Find what type of studying works for you early in the year.
  29. Studying is important, but don’t force yourself to study for hours on end; you won’t retain anything this way.
  30. Put non slip drawer lining between your mattress and mattress pad to prevent it from slipping and tipping you out of bed (I speak from experience).
  31. Your sleep schedule is SO important; value sleep above all else.  You need 7-8 hours every night to thrive.
  32. Don’t be afraid to take a night or day off– you’re a full time college student and you deserve it.


Thanks for reading this post! My first year was full of some really high highs and some really low lows, but I learned so much about myself.  I can’t wait for sophomore year to start in August.


Update: I’m gonna try to start posting regularly every Tuesday!

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