Studying hard for college certainly is important, but there is more to college than just grades. That is why this list was created, as a guide to college life. Have fun reading and feel free to add to the list!
1. A lot of things will be changing and different, your friends and yourself. Let them.
2. Chances are you will be bunking at the dorms. Remember to call your love ones back home a few times a week, even if just for a few minutes.
3. There’s something amazing about songs, for they bring back memories of your favorite moments. One way or another you will be listening to music on the radio or at parties, so why not make albums of these songs. Years down the road, they serve as records of your best time in life.
4. Rest when you need to, for it recharges your mind and body for your next journey.
5. Wondering when you are most productive? Are you diurnal or nocturnal? If you are nocturnal and function best at night, embrace and enjoy that. It may be the only time in your life when you can.
6. Some like to stay ahead of time while others work best under pressure. If you are the latter, chances are you will procrastinate till the last minute. Experiment with them, and see which works best for you.
7. As much as it is important to be a responsible adult, at least a few times during college, do something fun and irresponsible.
8. Make friends with your favorite professors. There is so much more to learn from each other than books. Who knows, you may meet Professor Dumbledore.
9. Spend some time alone every single day. Sleeping doesn’t count.
10. Go out and have fun, go on dates. Don’t feel like every date has to turn into a relationship.
11. Don’t date your roommate’s ex, it’ll be awkward.
12. When your friends’ family visits, join them if possible. You will get to know your friends better and you’ll get free food, etc.
13. Remember to send a hand-written letter to someone who made college possible for you and describe your adventures thus far. It will mean a lot to him/her now, and it will mean a lot to you in ten years when he/she shows it to you.
14. Embrace the differences between you and your classmates. Always ask yourself, “what can I learn from this person?” There are things more important than just books and grades.
15. All-nighters are entirely overrated. Start early and rest plenty.
16. Those in college while maintaining a long-distance relationship with someone from high school: you two have to decide how things will work out. Understand that you two will be in different environments, but do not let your relationship interfere with your college experience. If you don’t want to date anyone else, that’s totally fine! What’s not fine, however, is missing out on a lot of defining experiences because you’re on the phone with your boyfriend/girlfriend for three hours every day.
17. Working out differences is best done in person, not over Facebook, email, IM or anything else. Body language tells you more than just words.
18. Take risks.
19. Don’t be afraid of (or excited by) the co-ed bathrooms. You have the same stuff, period.
20. Come Wednesday night, your week is more than half over. Thursday and Friday will only get better.
21. Accept failures and pick yourself up. It’s how we grow. What matters is not that you failed, but that you refuse to stay down.
22. Take classes that have nothing to do with your major(s), purely for the fun of it. And you’ll get to make more friends.
23. Think about the future, but enjoy the present. College is more than just a stepping stone.
24. When you’re living on a college campus with hundreds of things going on every second of every day, watching TV is pretty much a waste of your time and money.
25. Don’t be afraid of Cupid’s arrow and never take it for granted. Celebrate it, but don’t let it define your college experience.
26. Much of the time you once had for pleasure is now gone. Keep a list of these things, so that you can start working on them when you graduate.
27. Setbacks may seem like the end of the world, but take a deep breath, and reflect on what you have learned.
28. Every once in awhile, there will come an especially powerful moment when you can actually feel that an experience has changed who you are. Embrace these, even if they are painful.
29. Stay open-minded, regardless of your political or religious beliefs. You can’t learn if you’re closed off.
30. If you need a job, find something that you enjoy. Just because it is work doesn’t mean it has to suck.