From Alia

13 Lessons I Would Tell My College Self ( and Recommendations! )

August 19, 2018

“There is a time for us to wander, When time is young and so are we. The woods are greener over yonder, The path is new, the world is free” ~ Andy Griffith

Oh, college, a season of new chapters filled with memorable experiences from parties, friendships, to studying late nights.

My college experience was a love and hate for me. Loved the experiences but within those experiences, I wish there were things I that could’ve done better.

Each year brings new chapters filled with lessons waiting for you to experience. I believe that every chapter that you’re in has a valuable lesson that you can learn from and use towards the future.

Whether you’re traveling far or staying close to home, college is an experience that you need to enjoy, especially if it includes thousands of dollars!

So use these experiences wisely, since money is the main concern here.

So study hard (which is your primary reason you’re attending college) but also have fun.

Though I don’t regret my college experiences, there are still some things I wished I done better, as mentioned before.

Here are some lessons I would tell my younger college self.

1. You may think that majoring in Biology is interesting and all since you want to become a pediatrician. But it’s not! Change your major early instead of sticking it until your Junior year and realize that this is not for you. Instead, major in Child Development with an emphasis on Occupational Therapy.

2. Join clubs that interest you, not just because your roommate is in the club. Yes, it may be scary to do it alone, but that fear will go away once you do it.

3. It will be hard for you to find jobs. But when you find that first job, don’t take it! It won’t be worth it. Try signing up for 4-5 surveys instead of 2 (Swag bucks, Inbox Dollars, Ipsos i-say, and the likes) and find other ways to hustle your way through college. How about Blogging or crocheting (chunky blankets?).

4.EXERCISE! It’s one of your stressor relievers!

5. Oh by the way, when you earn money from those survey sites, save it for your side hustle. You’ll thank yourself in the end.

6. Research ways to study better at your earliest convenience. You’ll learn to be more productive in less time.

7. Join a faith-based club that would help you grow and fellowship with other Christians. Remember, reach out and don’t be afraid.

8. Don’t let no guy swoop you over. Know that you are precious and beautiful inside out. If someone tries to talk to you, let them know you’re not interested. Tell them you’re already involved with someone else, with Jesus Christ that is. Then walk away.

9. When you have a gut feeling about, don’t ignore it. It’ll save you plenty of pain.

10. You will have friends and acquaintances, but some of them will not solely care about you. They only will care about what you can give them. This will come when you have tests and exams. If a friend asks you these things, immediately know in your mind that these “friends” of yours are not worth your time. Walk away from those people.

11. You’re an introvert. That means you may not want to talk or spend time with people. Learn to accept that rather than being someone you’re not. God made you that way. JUST BE YOU! So find other creative ways that express your character and personality. It’s also okay to go to events by yourself.

12. Do more volunteer services and learn more about your city.

13. Lastly, the college/university is an experience. Be immersed in college life, with God’s guidance. You may have gone to college to get a degree but its also about getting involved and having fun.

Here’s a humorous yet wise video from Evelyn from the Internets who gives you 5 mistakes to avoid in college.

I  also mentioned that I will provide some recommendations that I have used in the past that will help you during your college studies:

1. The APA Manual

This book is a lifesaver!!!

I would recommend buying this book since it’s for those research papers that you have 6 or more pages to write. I remember that in almost all my college classes, my professors recommended this book when they assigned essays to write. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

2. BlueSky Weekly/Monthly Planner

This is the planner that got me through college, especially in the last 2 years before graduation. It contains weekly and monthly so you can better schedule your time whether you got to study, have an event to go to and miscellaneous.

3. CampusBookRentals.com Website

College books are expensive. I don’t even want to look at the price textbooks are now. However, there are a lot of alternatives when considering textbooks and how much you should spend on it.

Before you buy the textbooks, ALWAYS email your professor prior to ordering your books. This can be done prior to two weeks before (when you get your schedule). First, it saves you money. Second, you get to know whether the textbook is going to be used in the class.

When you gather the necessary information, compare your textbook RENT price with Campus Book Rental. You can save up to 70%. I used this website when the school rental textbooks were a bit pricey for renting.

4. RateMyProfessor.com Website

First of all, I should have found this website sooner, like my first year of college. I found this site when I was looking at a certain college site (I don’t recall the site name, sorry) and they recommended this site.

Let me tell you this: when you’re ready to schedule your next classes, look into this website first. Read the reviews from students that have actually taken those classes with those professors. Then decide for yourself if you want to take the class with that specific professor.

So there you go.

I know college is not for everyone, but for those that are attending their first year, invest in it. Plus, if you do not know what you want to do regarding your career, I would HIGHLY recommend going to a community college and taking an undecided major. It will save you a LOT of money and you’ll still experience the college life.

If you went to college or a university, what life lesson would you tell your younger self? Please leave it in comments below! Let’s talk about it.

Until Next Time,

Simple Alia

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