Happy first-Thursday-of-school to my Belmont pals! I’m beyond thrilled to be back home with my friends and back in my natural swing of classes and life. Since it’s my second year at college and I’m *obviously* incredibly educated and know exactly what I’m doing (that was satire), I’m going to tell y’all a couple of things that I’ve learned so far about the college experience so that we can all make this year incredible and memorable- for all of the right reasons!
1. Try new things and be wary of preconceived notions
Yeah, this one is about as basic as it is, but allow me to tell you a story- last year, I was Absolutely Not going to rush for a sorority. My best friend at school convinced me to do so solely for the experience- if I rushed and didn’t want to commit to a sorority, it would just be one wasted weekend of my life. I begrudgingly agreed, hating my knowledge of sorority communities, and was hooked on Alpha Gamma Delta after three days. My sisters are some of the most supportive and incredible girls that I’ve ever met, and I love the feeling that we’re making a real difference within our community with our philanthropy work on feeding the hungry in Nashville. I’d written off an amazing experience just because I wasn’t originally willing to branch out even a little. When I finally did, it opened up an astounding community that I love endlessly.
2. Actually study and go to class
This one, again, seems like a given, but there are so many people who embrace too much freedom in college and forget that they’re at school first and foremost to, well, go to school. Keep your syllabi on your desktop, utilize your planner like a best friend, and get your assignments done as soon as they’re assigned. It’ll make your life so much easier, and you’ll get the most out of your education.
My high school schedule, like many others, was packed from 6:00 AM when I woke up to 11:00 PM when I got home and finally got to crash. In college, you have a lot more flex time. Use it to rest your physical self (re- naps are your go-to!) and rest your emotional self (see at least one friend every day- it’s so easy when you all live within a five minute walk from one another to schedule a lunch or a study hang in one of the academic buildings). If you don’t take care of yourself, you’ll burn out and won’t be able to enjoy the college experience in its entirety!
4. Don’t be a hermit
I’m an ambivert, so I definitely get the appeal of hiding in my room for hours on end. There’s only a handful of people who don’t exhaust me after a couple of hours, so seeing people outside of that bracket can be tricky sometimes. I encourage you to, again, try to see at least one friend a day and make sure that you’re leaving your room for more than classes and food. Getting outside and enjoying the world around you is definitely worth it- believe me!
I hope these little tips to maximize your college experience help you guys! Let’s all have an incredible year!