Things you learn after your first year of college

Things you learn after your first year of college

Adjusting to a new lifestyle can be challenging, especially when it’s your first time being out in the world on your own. College is a whole new world in and of itself, and it can be difficult to find your footing at first, whether or not you’re going away to school. Here are a few nuggets of wisdom from a newly crowned college sophomore that can help any college-bound student find success.


(Flickr/laleh naughty)

(Flickr/laleh naughty)

Don’t fear the triangle of death…

There is a saying in college; there are three things you must do, and you will only be able to choose two: get good grades, have a social life, and sleep. The saying is wrong; you don’t have to pick and choose. It takes a couple tries to figure it out, but you can definitely enjoy all types of college experiences while keeping yourself healthy and maintaining a good GPA.


It’s never too late for dinner…

Your dining halls may have a meal schedule, but you don’t have to. There is no shame in ordering in food at any time of day or night. College towns tend to be filled with late-night fast food restaurants that will deliver nearly until sunrise.


You don’t need that all-nighter…

Though it may seem like a good idea to stay up all night studying for that big exam you have tomorrow, don’t do it. Your sleep-deprived brain won’t be able to take in and store as much information, and you will be exhausted by the time you sit down for that test. Rather, start studying sooner and for smaller fragments of time, and get good night’s rest the night before your test. The worst thing is staying up all night studying just to fall asleep early in the morning and wake up to realize you’ve slept through your exam.


Say yes…

College is all about trying out new experiences and figuring out who you are. The best way to do that is to take up any opportunity you’re given. Try every club, even the ones you never thought you’d be interested in. You’ll be surprised at what you might discover that you really enjoy.


You can change your mind…

Just because you were set on a certain path, doesn’t mean you have to follow it. There are so many different majors and minors you can pursue, so many classes you can take, and so many new things to learn. If you find out you don’t like what you’re doing, it’s always okay to change it.


Make friends…

The most important thing is to be able to maintain a support system wherever you are. You won’t enjoy your college experience nearly as much if you don’t have anyone to experience it with. Talk with your classmates, find a lunch or dinner buddy, and say hi to the people that live in your dorm. After all, everyone has a best friend from college.


College is a completely different world than anything you’ve experienced before. It’s the first time in your life when you have every path open in front of you and you can choose any one you want. So take advantage of it. Try new things, work hard, and be successful.


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