College,  Lifestyle

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before College

  1. Its okay to change your major
    1. When you are a senior in high school, you may think that you have your whole future planned out. But it is okay to change your major multiple times as your aspirations and career goals change. For example, in high school you may have had your heart set on being a doctor, but after taking chemistry, it is revealed that it is not for you, and instead decide to major in marketing.
  2. Professors are valuable assets
    1. Making a connection with college professors is extremely important. When applying to graduate school, they will be the first ones you turn to for a letter of recommendation. So don’t burn any bridges.
  3. Don’t buy textbooks unless you have to
    1. Textbooks are extremely expensive. So instead of paying full price at your campuses bookstore, look for rental options on Amazon or buy used.
  4. The Freshman 15 is real
    1. Between the combination of dining hall food, late night snacking in your dorm and alcohol, overeating can have a negative effect on your body. It is important to be conscious of overeating and how many calories are in alcohol.
  5. Don’t take Friday classes or 8 ams
    1. If you don’t take Friday classes, you will be able to have a nice three day weekend every week. And if you’re not a morning person, don’t take 8 ams. It will be extremely hard to get up at 7 or 7:30 in the morning.
  6. Take advantage of student discounts
    1. Being a college student has a ton of benefits. There are a ton of businesses that offer student discounts on purchases. Some of the best discounts available are Amazon Prime Student and Spotify.  
  7. Invest in a great mattress topper 
    1. You will be spending lots of time in your bed, whether sleeping or studying, you will want to be comfortable. Investing in a good mattress topper will ensure that you will get a good night’s rest and will be recharged for the next day. 
  8. Join new clubs
    1. Go to the activities fair that your school throws at the beginning of the semester. It is a great way to meet new people and explore other interests.
  9. Sweatpants/leggings are acceptable class attire- most days
    1. Some days you will roll out of bed 30 minutes before your class starts and it is appropriate to throw on a pair of leggings and oversized t-shirt. But if you are required to dress business casual for a class DO NOT show up in leggings.
  10. College flys by
    1. Four years may seem like a long time but it goes by extremely quickly. Between juggling classes, extracurriculars, jobs or internships days will begin to blend together and before you know it graduation has approached. Because of this it is extremely important to live in the moment and truly enjoy the time that you have on campus.
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One Comment

  • Elijia Knight

    Hello Morgan,

    I found your post for this week to be extremely relatable. While some of the tips are issues that I didn’t have (such as changing my major. I guess I lucked out when I chose in high school), I found myself wishing that I knew of all of these things before attending college. Especially the one about the freshman 15 (in my case it was the freshman 20, but have since returned to my desired weight. Thank goodness). As far as the aesthetic of your site goes, I enjoyed the simplicity of the page. I feel that I’m missing some color and graphic stimuli. Some pictures or difference in screen color could offer some excitement to the page. Otherwise, great post!

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