1. Nothing about college is predictable. Get ready for a whole lot of uncertainty.
2. You're allowed to make mistakes- just work on learning from them
3. School is harder than you think it might be and there will be moments that it tests you. Do NOT be hard on yourself!
4. Social media is an incredibly edited depiction of each person's life. Don't fret if your life doesn't seem as “picture perfect” as everyone else’s.I promise they feel awkward and lonely too.
5. You will get homesick. Call home and see how things are doing, you'll feel a thousand times better afterwards.
6. Every now and then, spend a Saturday night in. You don't have to go out every weekend/weekday/day.
7. In turn, sometimes it might be better to push yourself to go out. There's been many a weekend night that my friends dragged me out when I felt sorry for myself, and being out and about with people made me feel much better.
8. Your professors are people too. Treat them with the same courtesy and respect you expect others to treat you with.
8. GO TO OFFICE HOURS. What did I say? Again, GO TO OFFICE HOURS.
10. Never, ever be afraid to ask for help. I promise it will help more than hurting.
11. Try to talk to your professors as much as possible! Get to know them as humans too!
12. Don't be afraid to ask them for help. They're here to teach you, not bark at you.
13. Utilize your freshman meal plan while you can. When you're an upperclassman and don't have much food to cook, you'll jealously eye the freshmen with unlimited swipes.
14. Try to take the healthy snacks from the dining hall back to your room. It's better to snack on apples than Cocoa Puffs - believe me, I speak from experience.
15. Do not expect to be friends with everyone you meet during orientation. Oftentimes you'll be awkward "say hi every time you see each other but never speak" friends for the next four years.
16. But you might be friends with people that you meet in the first two weeks FOREVER.
17. Don't expect to enjoy every single academic assignment, even if you love most or all of your classes.
18. Dear god, please don't ever try to reuse a high school paper or paper from another class- it won't fly, honey.
19. It’s okay to switch your major a thousand times. I chose four majors before I settled on psych!
20. You don’t have to do PRE-MED. You will meet literally hundreds of pre-med students and you don't have to be one of them.
21. Choose your major based on what makes you passionate. When I couldn't figure out what I wanted to major in or do with my life, I looked at what bothers me about the world I live in, how I can fix it, and how my undergraduate career can help me get to that point.
23. Don't forget to eat veggies every now and then.
24. Find out where the gym is and go at least once a semester. It took me four semesters to figure out where the gym is.
25. You're allowed to have only one major. You don't have to do three majors and seventeen minors.
26. LISTEN TO WHAT PEOPLE TELL YOU ABOUT COLLEGE if they've attended any university in the last four years, but even more so if they've attended your school or one very similar.
27. Don't bother packing more than 5 t-shirts- you'll get more free ones than you need.
28. Don't feel like you have to join clubs right away. Your school's activity fair will be super exciting and make you want to join everything, but feel free to sit back and get used to college before you join every club that interests you.
29. Make friends in your major- even better if they're a class year or two above you!
30. Make friends with people older than you- upperclassman or graduate students!
31. Get out of bed on the weekends and go explore. If your school is in the middle of nowhere, go spend time in a new place on campus.
32. Introduce yourself to new people as often as possible. Making friends is surprisingly easy in college.
33. You don't have to be the same person you were in high school. College is a blank slate.
34. If you weren't good at studying in high school, try out good study habits in college. You'll actually need them now.
35. Try new things- food, drinks (I'm talking coffee if you've never had it before or seltzer if you only drink flat water), activities, clubs, etc. It's a good time to experiment.
36. Finals really do suck. It's okay- they're only once a semester!
37. Don't forget to hydrate. For real, invest in a water bottle and CARRY IT EVERYWHERE.
38. Try to integrate healthy foods into your life.
39. Find people who want you to do better in life and make sure you're always around someone that is willing to push you.
40. You will get sick because one asshole forgets to wash their hands and get the whole dorm sick. Communal living is fun, kids!
41. It's all good if you have no school spirit.
42. But try to have pride in wherever you go!
43. Go to new events- never seen a football game? Go to one! Never seen a dance show? Go to one! There will be a ton of free events on campus.
44. You will probably not speak to 95% of your high school and that's okay. I talk to one person from high school on a weekly basis and rarely speak to anyone else, just because of how things played out. It's okay!
45. Don't forget to be you. I promise you'll find your people in college.
46. Be aware of your surroundings.
47. Take a self-defense class while you're in college. At the very least, you'll feel like you can kick anyone's ass.
48. College is expensive- there will be times you feel or actually are so broke you feel like you can't leave your room without spending money.
49. You're on your own (ish) now. Remember, you're also actually a responsible adult who is accountable for your own actions (in the eyes of the law, especially if you're over 18).
50. Remember, the years in between 18-21, you'll feel like you're slick as hell and can get away with wayyyy more than you actually can.