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21 Things I Have Learned In My 4 Years of College

We have officially entered into graduation season! For Sacred Heart, the graduating class of 2021 has a week to prepare themselves for walking across the big stage and receiving their diploma. With that being said, I have started to reflect on the many lessons I have learned throughout my past four years. I am incredibly lucky for the relationships I have formed, the chance to study abroad not once but twice, and participate as a member in a national honor society. To the incoming freshman, I hope this article helps to calm your nerves, college is the best time of your lives, it is important to enjoy every minute! 


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  1. Good coffee is essential 
  2. It is okay to not have a set group of friends freshman year
  3. Don’t expect “you” from other people. 
  4. Your mental health has to come first 
  5. Joining a club can introduce you to new people and create life lasting friendships (Shoutout to Her Campus!!!)
  6. No one will judge you for switching majors 
  7. You don’t need to have it all figured out as a freshman 
  8. Ordering Domino’s after a night out is essential 
  9. Sometimes removing yourself from a friendship is beneficial 
  10. Add a minor if it is something you are interested in (I have two and they have been some of my favorite classes at SHU) 
  11. Saying “no” is okay 
  12. You don’t have to be busy 24/7, it is okay to relax 
  13. When extra credit is offered, do it, even if you have an A 
  14. Make a go to party playlist on spotify with your friends 
  15. If you are contemplating studying the extra hour, you probably should 
  16. Long distance relationships CAN work 
  17. Do your homework before the weekend, that way you can enjoy time with your friends 
  18. Study Abroad. It’s life changing. That’s all. 
  19. Buy the cute planner from Marshall’s it will help with time management 
  20. An hour of Netflix at night helps the stress go away
  21. HAVE FUN 


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So, to wrap this up, I want to say thankyou to my friends and to Sacred Heart for making my four years memorable. I will never forget SHU and it will always have a special place in my heart.
 

Jennifer deBeus

Sacred Heart '21

Sacred Heart 2021 Psychology Major Social Work and Criminal Justice Minor
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