Advice for College Freshmen
As the new school year arrives, we're all moving back to school. Freshmen and transfer students are also moving on to campus. There's that feeling of not knowing anyone at school and the insecurity that anything you do the first week of school could affect your reputation for the rest of the year. But the thing to take away from this is that no one really knows what they're doing the first week of school. Also, we're most likely to forget anything that happened during orientation week because many freshmen are testing their limits (alcohol, etc.) or are really exhausted from the jam-packed schedule the school has put to together (as I was).
As an orientation staff member at my college, the best advice I can give is to know your values, but also keep an open mind. Don't forget where you've come from. It’s essential to know what is important in your life. Know the people who will be there for you. But also, don’t be afraid to try new things, take risks, and get to know new people.
It’s weird that as you grow up, you kind of realize that everyone has their own story. Most have us have lived two decades. That’s definitely enough time to experience some type of greatest happiness, but also something that made you feel so low you became a new person. College will do just that. You’re meeting thousands of new students. These are the people you see everyday for 30 weeks of the year. Keep an open mind and hear the stories that have made each person unique.
Know your worth. Everyone deserves friendships that will make them happy. If you find that a friendship or club is causing more stress than happiness, maybe it’s time to find new friends/activities. But don’t completely throw away the experience. Remember your mistakes and learn from them. Learn from your mistakes, but most importantly, learn from other’s mistakes as well.
Don’t do anything you don’t feel comfortable with.
Experience, experience, experience!! I really can’t stress that enough. Take in as much as you possibly can. But obviously, the most important thing is to take care of yourself. College, and the world, is filled with so many AMAZING opportunities. Opportunities to meet new people, expand your resume, and to personally grow and learn more about all the things you’re capable of.
Best wishes with your journey! :)