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4 Things I Learned In My First Year of College

The opinions expressed in this article are the writer’s own and do not reflect the views of Her Campus.
This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at BU chapter.

As the year comes to a close, one thing is certain: I’ve had a wonderful first year at Boston University! I’ve met so many cool people and have had great experiences. In no particular order, here are four things I have learned since September!

Stay on top of your deadlines!

Did I start writing this article the day it was due? Yes. Don’t judge me! Between simultaneously packing up my dorm room, studying for finals, and trying to say goodbye to all of my new Boston friends, it unfortunately slipped through the cracks.

One thing I’ve learned this year is the importance of keeping track of all my assignments, especially because things are often due at weird times, assigned way in advance, or barely mentioned in class. I had somewhat committed to using a planner in middle and high school, meaning I would regularly forget about it by November. But I find that at Boston University, I have to use it religiously to keep myself organized!

Leave early!

Sure, Warren Towers is just a five-minute commute to most of my classes. But it didn’t occur to me that I would have to factor in other time-sucks, like waiting for the elevator and catching the traffic signal to cross the street. A few months ago, the T closures were another obstacle for me as they even closed the crosswalks. Even if I was originally on time, I would have to make an unplanned detour to the next block. 

Attendance isn’t taken in all of my classes, but in a couple, being more than five minutes late a few times adds up to a missed class. If you are chronically late, that could impact your grade!

Maintain your friendships!

Through classes and clubs, I met so many people. However, I quickly realized it could become a chore to keep the relationships strong. While the dining halls may not have the best food, they’re a great place for a meal or to meet friends in between classes. Because most students have a meal plan — some with unlimited swipes — I found this was a great budget-friendly hangout option!

As an alternative to the typical study hangout (where you risk getting no work done), eating dinner together is a block of time you have to spend anyway, so you might as well invite a friend! Plus, it always feels a little depressing for me to huddle in the corner of the dining hall all alone, so this avoids that.

The future is female!
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This was said in our final HCBU chapter meeting this semester, and the sentiment really stuck with me! I’m so thankful to have joined HCBU this fall as Her Campus is an amazing organization and group of women to be surrounded by. I know all of the members will do amazing things in life! 

It’s also great to meet and learn from other women in the communications field whom I might not otherwise interact with because of different majors or classes. Through tabling in the George Sherman Union and fun writing team workshops — including sharing professors we liked or wouldn’t recommend — I’ve made many friends and bonded with girls with similar goals and interests!

I love the community of Her Campus and I can’t wait to return to Boston University in the fall. Have a great summer, everyone!

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Rae Ruane is a biweekly writer for Her Campus Boston University. She enjoys writing about a broad range of topics but is especially partial to feminism and culture. Having grown up in a small beach town in California, she finds that there is a lot of interesting material to cover in a new city! Rae is a Film and Television major at BU’s College of Communication and is also minoring in Myth Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. As a film major, she wants to study screenwriting and has won a few awards for her short screenplay work in the past from the Central Coast Film Society Student Film and Media Arts Competition and Urbanite Arts & Film Festival. Her writing has also appeared in various Morro Bay High School drama productions and the Morro Bay Spyglass newspaper. In her free time at BU, Rae enjoys going on walks along the esplanade and visiting museums. She listens to a lot of music and her favorite artists are Angèle and Vance Joy. Outside of Her Campus she is costume designer for "Public Domain" on BUTV10 and is a member of Students for Reproductive Freedom, BU Democrats, and History clubs.