Graduation Countdown and Reflection…11 Days

Just by starting a post with the word “reflection” I think, oh man, this needs to be deep stuff. Well, I’ll try to provide some enlightening thoughts.

Coming into college, I thought it would be the best part of my life because after all, that’s what everyone kept telling me. I thought I could create a brand-new personality, make best-friends right away and be able to have a group of friends to do everything from working out to exploring to eating dinner with.  It wasn’t as easy as I previously thought and honestly had a tough freshman year, but stuck it out and am glad I did.  What’s interesting is that most people don’t have the ideal freshman year.  But it’s tough to tell because we all are so good at putting up a face or persona that everything is a-okay.  Life’s tough and will throw you curve balls every now and then.  It all comes down to how you handle it.

In the past four years, I’ve made some excellent friends, pushed myself outside of my comfort zone, and experienced life in ways I never would have considered.  I’ve traveled to New Orleans to build homes, I’ve gone on a spiritual retreat, and I was a part of countless clubs, organizations, and a sorority.  Now, the last part is funny to some because I wouldn’t really be considered your average sorority girl.  In fact, it’s fun to surprised people and tell them I’m a part of Kappa Alpha Theta.  Anywho, rushing Theta was a new experience for me and provided me with wonderful networks as well as philanthropic and social opportunities.  Oh, not to mention, my grandma is a Theta.  🙂

People will say that college is the best time of your life.  I agree that it’s a wonderful time for  when you are a young adult, but at some point, it’s time to move on. We all can’t live our lives like Will Ferrel in Old School.  Just imagine all the possibilities that are out there.

Here are a few of my tips:

  • Meet the people on your hall – a lot of my friends met freshman year in the dorms and would hang out with each other, go to the gym, or eat meals together.  Don’t be afraid to reach out and say hi!
  • Use Google Docs – I swear, this saved my life for a number of classes.
  • Don’t be afraid to be yourself – College is a new opportunity to reinvent yourself or reestablish the type of person you want to be.  No more high school drama and the beauty is you probably won’t know many people in college.
  • Try to meet someone new each week – Whether it’s in class, in the dining hall, or at the club fair.  It seems very daunting, but can be rewarding.
  • Be careful about the first row in class – Strange to say, I know.  I made this mistake and as a result, didn’t really get to know the rest of my classmates.  I don’t know how many times I had someone talk to me and say, “Oh, I was in your class.” Really?  Embarrassing.
  • Takes Risks – Experiment with different courses and try new clubs (definitely was a part of the Hawaiian Club freshman year and participated in the Lu’au) because it’s the best time to find out what you truly enjoy.
  • Don’t cross campus with your nose buried in your phone – It’s not only rude and anti-social and you miss out on all the great people watching.  Not to mention, it can be quite dangerous if there are bikers and skateboarders around.

I leave you here for now, but I plan on adding in a few more tips over the next two weeks. If there is anything in particular you might want to add or ask, don’t hesitate to reach out or comment below.  Would love to get everyone’s take about college.

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t”
– Thomas A. Edison

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5 thoughts on “Graduation Countdown and Reflection…11 Days

  1. Those are really great tips. It’s so important to put yourself out there in college. I was the opposite of normal and didn’t have the greatest junior year. Freshman year I loved school and I kind of outgrew it as I got older. I think it is an important time in our lives. Maybe not the best for everyone, but it is a time to figure out who we are. I can’t wait until I’m writing a post like this next year.

  2. I loved reading this! A lot of those tips are really great — sitting in the front row and not knowing someone was in your class has definitely happened to me. Whoops.

    Also, it’s always great to hear that other people didn’t have the best time EVER at college. I just finished my first year and while I definitely didn’t hate it, it was definitely not the best year of my life. At all. It’s always good when people can be honest about it 🙂

    • Oh I’m so glad you like these tips. Let’s just say that situation with sitting in the front row happened way more than it should. Definite oops. 🙂 It’s tough to hear everyone talk about the glory days of college if you weren’t really feeling it. I think we all have good and not so good times, but are better at showing off our good times. Thank you social media 😉

  3. YAYYYYYY! The countdown is official! I still seriously cannot believe there are ELEVEN days of college left. Cray. But yes, I totally second all of those tips, especially the one about meeting new people. For some reason I feel like after I have a solid group of friends that I don’t need to make the effort to make connections with new people. And I am oh so wrong! You can always benefit from making new friends and you never know where your relationship will end up!

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