I can’t believe it is officially my last week as an undergraduate student. I could go on an long rant about how the past four years have disappeared before my eyes but there’s no way I could do it without sounding completely cliche. I have created some of the most beautiful memories over the past four years (see my massive collage for a few of them) and I am so grateful for all of the people who have entered my life (good and bad). I have learned SO much both in and outside of the classroom, here are 50 little lessons I have learned over the past 4 years, let me know what you would add to the list!
1. Go to class, you never regret just going to class.
2. Some nights you just need to suck it up and study, even if you’d rather be at the “Jamaican-Me-Crazy” frat party.
3. Other nights you need to toss the textbook aside, throw the flashcards in your backpack and go out and make some memories. You’re only in college once (YOIC1?)
4. Girls’ nights mean so much more later than the nights you skip hanging out with your girls to hangout with a guy (especially if it is a guy you’re pretty sure you won’t even be talking to in two months).
5. If he only texts you after 10pm it’s probably just because he really loves your personality and wants to talk. Hahahahaha.
6. If you put off the reading you won’t “do it later” so just do it now.
7. Do take classes just because you’re interested in them. Maybe they won’t be “easy A’s” but life shouldn’t be about doing what is easiest all the time. Expand your brain even if it means taking “Advanced Oceanography” instead of “Introduction to Geology”.
8. Greek life is fun, you should definitely try it. Try not to get wrapped up in the “politics” of the Greek system (although you undoubtedly will).
9. Take care of yourself by sleeping, eating well and avoiding binge drinking (it will catch up with you, and your eyes will twitch and you’ll hallucinate and you’ll feel horrible).
10. Study! Remember education is a well desired privilege denied to many.
11. Look for an internship before senior year.
12. No one cares that you were the star football player on your high school team. You’re in college now. Move on.
13. It’s okay not to know what you want to do with the rest of your life, you aren’t the only one, even if you feel like it.
14. Nannying is a great way to gain a family away from your real family.
15. Take too many pictures and hang them like a collage all over your dorm (because this isn’t really an acceptable grown up decorating method).
16. Make measurable goals at the start of each quarter for school, your well being (health/fitness) and social/interpersonal life.
17. Use a planner. Lists are your GPA’s best friend.
18. Set high expectations for yourself but learn to forgive yourself too. Allow yourself a little room to make mistakes (because you will) and grow from them.
19. Be selfish! This is 4 years dedicated to make you (and only you) a better and more interesting person.
20. Question your beliefs and allow your world views to expand.
21. Go ahead and say words like “totes” and “adorbs” and “presh” but just know when to reign it in and speak like an intelligent human being capable of an actual conversation.
22. Volunteer to be the designated driver/sober sister once in awhile.
23. Learn your limit when it comes to alcohol, it isn’t cute or classy to be the girl who is vomming in someone else’s laundry basket.
24. Don’t (under ANY circumstances) move in with a guy you just started dating.
25. If he doesn’t like you…stop chasing him.
26. Dress like twins whenever possible.
27. Why wouldn’t you go on formal whenever possible? It’s basically like the college version of prom.
28. Don’t mistake sex for love, or vice versa.
29. Whatever it is, everyone is not doing it.
30. Where whatever you want (or the lack thereof) for Halloween but don’t be a judgmental bitch about it.
31. Avoid making important decisions under the influence of stress or alcohol.
32. Thursday evening classes suck, just don’t do it.
33. Stop being an entitled brat, you’re legally a grown up and NO ONE technically has to do anything for you so start appreciating what is given to you.
34. Don’t go home every weekend, learn to love and appreciate where you are.
35. Amazon (Amazon student) is your savior when it comes to cheap textbooks and fast shipping.
36. Actually learn to utilize the library resources. But if you borrow a book on interlibrary load from Ireland return it…or else you will be fined roughly $400.
37. Cheating and copying are unacceptable. This is college, this is your future, step it up and be a person of integrity.
38. Study groups are your friend, even if you already understand the material helping others will aide your comprehension more than you can imagine.
39. Ask for help when you need it.
40. Washing your Lululemon yoga pants with your towels is a bad idea.
41. Get involved, you’ll make friends and stop watching Netflix alone on Friday nights.
42. 8am classes are generally a sucky decision.
43. Build your integrity. There are plenty of opportunities to be a sketchy/shady person but is that really who you want to be?
44. Make sure a drunk friend gets home safely, always.
45. Try a new workout class (try all the new workout classes).
46. Say “yes” to adventures.
47. Don’t burn bridges (any of them).
48. Giving out your number to random guys at parties can turn into a really bad idea really fast.
49. Tanning is bad for your skin, expensive and you’ll look back and think you looked like a leather couch so yeah…it’s not even worth it.
50. Enjoy every minute of your 4 years as a college student. Enjoy the late nights in the library, enjoy the mandatory recruitment events, enjoy learning from interesting professors, enjoy pizza at midnight with your besties, your time as an undergrad will be over before you know it.
I am so filled with mixed emotions: stress (hello finals), excitement (sunshine, summer, new adventures, woot!), sadness (feeling like it’s the end of something I’m not quite ready to let go of yet)… it’s going to be a crazy week. All of my blog posts this week are probably going to be graduation/college/looking at the future themed so if that’s not your piece of cake please feel free to check back with me next week when all of the craziness of finals and graduation have worn off.
P.S. Let me just extend a HUGE thank you for all of the sweet comments and emails I received on Friday (and over the weekend). Over the past few months I have been truly blown away by the love and support from the blogging community in times of sadness, tragedy and excitement too! It is absoloutely touching and really crazy to have friends all over the country. I am so thankful for the relationships blogging has allowed me to form (that would have never existed otherwise). You are all beyond wonderful and I am so thankful!