It’s that time of the year when a bunch of students around the world start a new chapter in their lives. The chapter which changes them forever. It is that part in life which decides various future aspects of life, be it personal or professional.
Of course whatever I write might not apply to every freshman because I write this article from personal experiences. But I hope it helps you make some decisions which will feel difficult at first, but you will soon understand that they are not worth breaking your head over.
So, these are the top seven things that I wish I knew in my freshmen year:
- The people you meet in your orientation week are most likely not going end up as your friends for the rest of your college life. Sure, the idea of fast friends is something we all love when we come to a place unknown to us. Especially for me, as I am an international student, so being far from home, alone, was tough to say the least. But, the friendships I formed on the first day gave me hope to make it through college. However, I shouldn’t have thought that that would be the end of it because it surely wasn’t.
- You may have fewer classes but if you aren’t tired as heck when you return to your room by the end of the day, you aren’t doing college right! College is a place where you have thousands of opportunities to come out of your shell, broaden your horizons, and meet new people. The easiest way to do so would be to get involved with an organization you like, since only then will you come across people with similar mindsets to yours.
- You will miss food from home! I feel I strike a chord with all international students when I say this. For the first few months, I remember it was heaven. But after a while you will miss the simple recipes your mom made that you passed on when back home.
- Sometimes starting fresh isn’t bad. There are good days and bad days. There are also days which by the end of it you feel that all you have known is coming apart, but calm down, think about your situation, and get a good night’s sleep. College can be stressful, but it doesn’t mean that a bad situation will be the end of the world. Just remember that and try again tomorrow. You are going to survive this and come out a winner.
- You don’t have to become someone else to get people to like you. College is place to find your friends through things you share or have in common. You don’t have to change in order to fit into a group. In fact I’m sure you will find some people who will like you for the way you are and that is really important.
- You need to be organized. I don’t just mean your rooms but with time as well. You will have plenty on your plate, and if you don’t manage it all in the right way you might make a mess of most of your work. So, remember it is important to prioritize.
- Have fun! I know from reading through all of that I would have probably scared you somewhat by now. But the most important thing to know for your first year is that you need to have fun while being here.