We all felt a little lost when it came to college. We changed universities and majors, followed friends, wanted different places and jobs. It was honestly very confusing.
So, the Destination Team came together and thought of a few things we’d tell ourselves on the first day of college if we could turn back time *Que Cher*:
1. You don’t have to start college right away.
If you don’t know what you want yet, take a break. Work on yourself, take courses, attend events, travel. Do whatever it is you can get off of your bucket list in a semester.
2. Don’t be afraid if you’re going to a place where you don’t know anyone.
Join clubs and get social, because you’ll meet people in college (good and bad) that you’ll never forget (no matter how hard you try).
3. College isn’t as big of a deal as you think it is.
It’s like going from middle school to high school, but now you have a little more freedom and rely mostly on yourself.
4. Learn to love yourself and enjoy your own company.
Don’t look for acceptance. Watch a movie or go out to dinner by yourself. If you don’t enjoy your own company, how do you expect other people to?
5. A lot of things are going to change, but most importantly, YOU will change.
6. As much as you’re going to meet new people, you’re probably going to lose most of them.
So, surround yourself with good people that you know will only upgrade you.
7. Live by the saying: “Will it matter in five years?”.
8. Follow your own schedule and take electives in things that you never tried before, because you may fall in love with something completely different.
9. Concentrate and avoid procrastinating, it’s your biggest enemy.
Keep a steady rhythm from beginning to end. We know you’re going to procrastinate anyways so…
10. Make connections, they’ll help you later-on in life.
Professors count too! You’ll realize later that they were cooler than people your age anyways.
11. Avoid distractions and balance work and social life.
You can always see your friends, but it’s tougher to take the course again just because you didn’t study enough.