I just finished my sophomore year of college. And if I’m telling the truth, I refuse to believe that I’m already halfway done. Like…WHAT?! It feels like just yesterday I was touring Hofstra for the first time, and now I’m wrapping up my second year. I am, what you call, shook.
But, in honor of reaching the halfway mark of my college career, I thought it’d be fun to put together some tidbits of life inspo that I’ve learned in college so far. Of course, I’ve learned a lot more than this (I can tell you anything you need to know about the printing press or the First Amendment courtesy of literally all of my basic journalism courses), but these are some of the more important life lessons that I think are important for anyone to know, whether you’re a high school senior, a college student like me, or a college grad who’s getting ready to take on the world.
Without further ado, here they are! 27 life lessons I’ve learned in college…so far:
- It’s okay to dress nicely or wear your favorite lipstick to class. In fact, I highly encourage it.
- You can officially say you’ve peaked once the Starbucks barista knows your order before you even say anything.
- Some Ben & Jerry’s every once in a while won’t kill you.
- BUT it isn’t a bad idea to hit up the gym the next day. It’s all about ~balance~ 😉
- Call your mom. And your dad. And your grandma. And your siblings. And your cousins. And you aunts and uncles. It’s worth it.
- You may not be best friends with your roommate. That’s okay.
- Hold the door for people – it’s the nice thing to do.
- You aren’t defined by one grade in one class. One lousy test or difficult professor won’t stop you from getting a job after graduation (at least, that’s what I’ve been told – I’m hoping that one is true).
- Some days suck. But, don’t forget that a bad day is only 24 hours long. It won’t last forever.
- Fire drills happen in the middle of the night – and you probably don’t want to go outside without putting on a jacket or pants (I’m speaking from personal experience on this one).
- Self care is important. Some nights, it may be more important to do a face mask instead of going out with your friends.
- Don’t forget to drink water. Your skin will thank you.
- Learn the difference between being involved and stretching yourself too thin. There’s no use in over-committing. You’ll just get burnt out and ain’t nobody got time to deal with that.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
- Don’t be afraid to have fun!
- As much as you may want your mom to solve all of your problems, you’re in college. She can’t. You’ll have to handle gross adult things sometimes (like fixing your iCloud account if it decides to crash on you – again, speaking from personal experience).
- Set your dreams high. It’ll feel really great when you accomplish them.
- Don’t underestimate the power of going to bed before midnight – it’s magical.
- Not everyone is going to like you, and that’s okay. As long as you work hard and stay kind, it’s their loss if they choose not to like you.
- People can be mean. Don’t let it get you down.
- Find a group of friends that makes you feel valued and important – they’re out there somewhere, and having people who have your back makes college that much better.
- Don’t be afraid to say no.
- Expose yourself to different cultures and ideas and people. You never know what you can learn.
- Stay in touch with people, whether it be friends from home, old classmates, your favorite professors, or your neighbors from freshman year.
- Understand that not everyone has their shit together all the time. Even if you think they do, they don’t.
- If you’re not scared, you’re probably not dreaming big enough. (That piece of gold is from my mom – and I think about it all the time!)
- Say yes to new opportunities. You never know where it’ll take you.
What have you learned in college so far? I’d love to hear your stories- let me know in the comments below!