Friday, August 21, 2009

5 Things I Wish I Knew as a Freshman

Starting college is such a new and exciting, but nervewracking experience! If i were starting all over, there are a few pieces of advice I would give my 18 year old self...


1. Take advantage of all the free stuff at college
  • There is always stuff being given away for free onBlockquote campus from pizza to fun events like carnivals. Also, take advantage of all the facilities included in your tuition like the gym, resume advising, lake, movie theater, or football tickets!

my cute little dorm room my first year of college

2. Just because there's all you can eat cookies in the dining hall doesn't mean you should literally eat all you can

  • The smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies can be oh-so-tempting sometimes, but overdoing could easily lead to the dreaded "freshman 15"!

3. It's okay when your high school relationships don't work out long distance

  • There's so much to change and adjust to during your first year of college, that sometimes the relationships you thought would last forever can fall apart. Take it from someone who's been there.. it's okay! You're at a new school full of potential friends to make; they can fill the void of a high school sweetheart!

4. Don't waste your money buying books from the school bookstore

  • The school bookstore sells books for quadruple for what they buy them back from you at the end of the semester. You will save a lot of money buying them from somewhere like Textbooks.com.

5. HAVE FUN! These are the best years of your life.

A corny cliche, but so true! After college comes a full time job and real responsibility. Enjoy all your time to explore your interests and find a career that you're passionate about!


What advice would you give your new-to-college self (if you've already been there)?

xoxo, lauren

28 comments:

Cee Frizzle said...

I love this list. These are things that I knew but didn't reall acknowledge. Now I'm gonna be a sophomore. But I can pass these dwon to someone!

ADVICE: College is not like high school, so don't stick with CLIQUES. There are people that aren't like you and that are like you alike, so mingle. College is about networking and getting around (not in a sleazy way lol).

Sheri said...

I love your blog so much! Number 3 is a definite lesson everyone I know right now needs to learn. People are too scared to come out of their boxes!

WendyB said...

All good until the last one. Having graduated from college 20 years ago this year, I can assure you that those are not necessarily the best years of your life. That would be sad if they were! What is there to look forward to? They're years of experiences that you can never replicate, but life after college has been much more fun than college for me.

FabBlab said...

I have 2 more years to college but I'm sure these will come in handy. Thanks for the tips!

Little Bow Prep said...

Cute comforter and bulletin board!

Lovely post!

Oh, would you like to exchange links?

Sarah Alaoui said...

I'm going to be a sophomore too, and this is my advice to myself:

1. Not eating out everyday=not only not gaining weight=saving money for shopping!

2. Meet older people at apartment's gym.

3. Hang out with everyone, and don't take anyone for granted.

kokostiletto said...

These are Great tips! I wish someone told me these too! I would definitely tell myself to join as many clubs as possible, and be more open to meeting different people! I would also tell myself not to study so hard because at the end of the day... grades don't really matter !

Stefanie Grace said...

I would say: Try everything! There are clubs and societies for EVERYTHING from Kung Fu to Fashion to Dance to Orienteering!! Try it all! I was too shy at the beginning and only wrote for the Fashion section in my final year - I made editor in just a couple of months, when the current one left and recommended me!!

Just do it!!

Life's short. Type fast. said...

These tips are so true! Another thing to keep in mind about the freshman 15 is that most of that weight comes from beer! So many people don't eat all day but drink 10 beers that night and wonder why they're gaining weight. Everyone should watch what they eat AND drink!

Lilee said...

hey! lovely room and thanks for following!

ChickyGirl said...

Yeah! Its s amazing how she can do such clothing!

Luinae said...

Thanks! I'm only starting high school this year, but some of the tips are universal. I will def save this for when I go to uni.

AudreyAllure said...

true about #4. i buy my books from half.com lol. but now that my college customized all our textbooks, we now have to buy directly from them. totally sucks. haha

little mermaid said...

hey, I saw your comment, thanks for stopping by my blog!

All these tips for college are great; I guess I could recommend (for the senior students) to save enough money so you can have a kick-ass graduation trip with your friends!
Don't waste it on stupid stuff.. save it for a huge graduation party or even better.. a trip to europe, south america, a cruise at the caribbean (me and my classmates did that!).. it will be an awesome way to end your college years.

Lauren said...

aw this is cute!! i would've told myself NOT to take 18 hours both semesters that year. it would've been nice to celebrate a 'thirsty thursday' for once haha
xo,
Lauren

Cafe Fashionista said...

I only wish I would have known the last one when I started college. Here I am, on the last leg of my Bachelor's, and I've only just begun to realize that I should have had a bit more fun during the past four years - if only to have eased the pain of studying. So yes, that is my advice to my college self. :)

By the way, you've convinced me to do it - I must read Valley of the Dolls; it sounds wonderful! :)

LAUREN said...

i'm only a high school junior, but reading these tips makes me look forward to college and realize that it's a mere two years away! xx

Elizabeth Marie said...

Oh wow...this takes me back! Take what you've learned, the experiences you've had and make greatness out of them...I don't necessarily think college is the best time of your life...it just gives you the amo, the confidence, the learning and struggles to go make some magic happen.

Cheesy? maybe. haha! I'm getting old!

Igotloveonmy4head said...

i would have told the freshman me (just last year...sigh my how time flies) to chill. I was one of those ppl who tried EVERYTHING and it got to be too much and I got burnt out with all of the stuff and kinda lost focus that I was actually at college to go to school not be a social butterfly. Yet, in the end, all is still well.
What year of college are you in?

E said...

GREAT suggestions! Especially about the free stuff!!

tickledpear said...

Great tips for incoming freshman. I figured out most of these first hand, but they should be useful to the new freshies.

Dina's Days said...

I agree, have fun and don't stress. The real stress comes when you're working 12 hour days and don't have time for friends.

Rach said...

Great advice! Wish I had realized #3 when I was a freshmen. Cute dorm room, it looks way better than mine did.

Is your comforter from Delia's? It looks familiar. Actually, it reminds me of your blog background! Your blog design is gorgeous!

BerryAmbitious said...

Hey girlie! This is a great post. Now that I've entered sophmore year I'm definitely aware of all my freshy mistakes (books being a huge one). Love your dorm setup, is that comforter from delias? You should check out flair4all.com if you feel like adding some more fun things to your wall.
<3
(I follow you on twitter, @BerryLuscious)

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style-raver said...

This post is very helpful. The best thing to do is get out there and take every opportunity.

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