Coming to college is a huge, climatic point in life — it’s truly an “adulting” moment where you find yourself, friends, and a community that follows you through your cumulative years. While modern media portrays college as all fun and games, it’s not that simple. To help you out, here are five things I wish I knew before coming to college:
Sharing a room with someone isn’t easy!
Suddenly, you’re sharing your space with another person or other people who have different living styles and life values. Finding common ground can be super difficult, but something I tried to keep consistent was my communication. Communication is key in any relationship, but is especially beneficial with roommates.
I know, easier said than done. I was definitely an overpacker but in the long run, you probably won’t be wearing a new outfit or shoes for every occasion. I promise that no one remembers if you wore the same shirt or pants a few times throughout the week. Try to pack casual clothes and the essential staples like comfy shoes, basic shirts, leggings, and jeans. Also, don’t forget business casual wear for interviews!
Microwavable meals are a must!
While your dining hall swipes do allow you campus-provided meals, there are going to be days where you don’t want dining hall food or a class or club meeting runs during the allotted meal times. Microwaveable meals are quick, cheap, and easy! I personally recommend Kraft Paw Patrol Microwavable Mac n’ Cheese!
Your friend groups will change and that’s okay!
Within the first weeks of college, you meet people and some you may click with automatically, while others just stay around for a smaller period of time. It’s important to remember that it’s okay if you don’t immediately find “your people.” I like to think that the people you’re meant to be with will come, so just be patient and open to meeting new people!
Join clubs — it’s so worth it!
Coming from a small town in Rhode Island, I knew I wanted to get involved and make my mark in the community. I joined multiple clubs and by doing so, met so many new people. Becoming a club member allowed me to make connections around the community, while also allowing me to expand my resume. Please join clubs!
While college can be scary, it’s also so exciting. Don’t stress and take every obstacle as a lesson. You can do this!