College Survival Tips

by Stephanie Lopez, updated June 24, 2020

Most adults look back at their college years as the best of their lives. You may wonder how being exhausted and (for the majority) broke result in the best years of your life? While you may not know it now, these years will shape your future and I am not referring to just career prospects.  The friendships you make, the habits you adopt, and the passions you find all allow you to step outside of your comfort zone and discover yourself.

My first two years of college were about letting go. I have always been a bookworm and would hate going out during high school. In college, you should say YES to opportunities, to new friendships, and to new experiences. You may think you know how you want your life to turn out or you may have planned every little detail about it, but soon you will find that life has many twists. You may hear it all the time, but it is true that you should say yes and take advantage of all the resources and opportunities you have in college. 

Do not be afraid of mistakes and do not be afraid to express yourself. Use this time wisely to get to know yourself. We all wish to thrive in the future by doing something we are good at and love doing. Use this time to find your passion. Be unapologetically you. Something that you never would have thought would be for you might become your purpose. Take classes outside of your field! It can be creative writing or women’s studies and you may find yourself discovering a new talent, new insights or meeting awesome like-minded individuals. 

All of the time you will spend busy might result in you not contacting your family as often as you wish. But always make some time for them. Your family will miss you even when they do not say it. Make sure you give them a call or write to them as often as you can. If you have family members that went to college, take advantage of it! Ask them many questions about regrets they had or the best decisions they took during their college stay. While their experience will be different than yours, use their wisdom to your advantage and listen to their advice.

I hope these tips will help you! Make sure you have fun, study hard, and take full advantage of the privilege to attend college.