Personally, I was terrified about leaving secondary school and starting college. I was scared of change. I liked my life the way it was and I was happy enough for it to stay the same. Looking back now, I wish I hadn’t have been so scared about it all because I am so happy with myself and the way college has turned out. There are so many things I wish I had known at the beginning of my first year in college.
Okay this one sounds cheesy but it is definitely the most important one. College is the perfect time to really commit to being yourself. You can start fresh and be the person you’ve always wanted to be. There are so many types of people in college, everyone is different and majority of people are so accepting of each person. There is really no point in pretending to be someone other than yourself, its a waste of time, and you’ll find that people will prefer the real you. You’ll find your real, true friends this way and you won’t regret staying true to yourself. I have always been so self cautious but being my true self has given me a new lease of life. I am more confident than I ever have been and I have made some amazing friends who love me for who I am.
4. Don’t Be Afraid to Talk
Starting college is a big step for people, the true beginnings of adulthood. Just because you may be living away from home now, or you have more responsibilities doesn’t mean you cant ask friends and family for advice and support throughout your college years. Having the support of my friends and family throughout my first year of college was amazing, as it was a big transition for me and I had a lot to learn. Luckily I had people to talk to during my first year if I was stressed or anxious about college. If i had a problem in college and I ignored it for a while or didn’t talk about it to anyone, it would only make the situation worse. So don’t be afraid to talk!
5. There are people there to help
A lot of people don’t know that most colleges do have counselling services, free of charge, that students can attend if they’re having a hard time in college or just for a chat, to get things off their chest. These services have professionals working there to make sure students get the most out of the facilities. If you are wondering about these sort of facilities in your college, ask a member of the students union for info, or just check the college website! Everyone has stressful times in college so its important to note that these services are there in case you may ever need them!