What My First Semester at College Taught Me

Finals season is here and, my first semester of college comes to an end. Lately, I’ve been reflecting on my college experience thus far. There were some really good moments, and some bad ones. Learning from your own experiences let’s you improve yourself, your future and your life. And maybe my experience can help someone else going through something similar. 

  • It’s Important to Get Involved 

As soon as I was on campus, I was super involved. I joined five clubs and organizations and took on two leadership positions in those clubs. Now some would argue that is way too much. However, being a part of a club or team allows you to meet like-minded people and make friends.

  • Roommates are hit or miss 

I am so lucky to have not only a roommate, but a best friend. We were able to support each other through all the ups and downs of the semester. A lot of my other friends were not so lucky. I’ve had three friends have crazy roommate stories and have to transfer rooms. What I have observed is it is super important to communicate and have a roommate contract: whether you and your roommate are besties or peacefully co-existing. 

  • It is okay not to love your school at first

I’m going to be super honest: I thought I made the wrong choice my first few weeks at Scranton. I went home more weekends then I should have, and called my mom crying a few times. I was seriously considering transferring. But after branching out, finding my people, and getting involved it has gotten so much better. Very few people love their school first semester. If you’re struggling with this: try and wait it out until second semester. 

  • Stay on top of your School work

This one is super obvious. Remember what you’re at college for. Attend class, actually do the reading, utilize office hours and do not be afraid to ask for help. Every campus has some type of tutoring service and a writing center.

  • Not all friendships will last

It is true that you’re not going to stay friends with the people you first people you meet at college. Unfortunately, when people are trying to make friends in the beginning, they can be kind of fake. You’re going to meet some people who are two-faced, rude, and in some cases the actual worst. Know that you’ll find your people and it is okay to cut toxic people out of your life.

  • Morning Classes really are the worst

I used to think I was a morning person. After having either an 8:30am or a 9:00am every morning, I know that is not the case. Needless to say, first semester involved a lot of naps and espresso.

  • Just like in high school, some guys are the actual worst

No surprise: f*ckboys are still a thing in college. I thought this guy was great and he was like hitting me up non-stop, but I found out he has a girlfriend, and everyone knew but me. It really do be like that sometimes. I still have to see him every day. Always know your worth. I realized he was not worth my time. 

  • Self-Care & Your Mental Health are so important

Adulting is hard. It’s probably your first time living away from home. As college students getting enough sleep is a rarity, the workload is a lot, and there are extra-curriculars and trying to actually have a social life. This leaves not a lot of time for people to relax, and a lot of stress. Taking time for yourself whether it’s going to the gym, doing a facemask, or just talking with a friend is crucial. It’s okay to be not okay. Also, never be afraid to seek help when you need it. 

  • College is what you make of it

Like anything in life college is what you make of it. Regardless of where you are or what you are doing you can look at thing from a negative perspective or a positive perspective. Make the best of it!