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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Tampa chapter.

I started reflecting on my four years of college and how it has shaped me into the person I am today. I can’t believe I’m a week away from graduating Cum Laude from the University of Tampa with a BFA in Musical Theatre. This year has definitely added in the craziness of college, but I thought I’d share some of the things I have learned along the way. 

  1. It’s okay not to know what you want to do right away. When I was applying for college, I thought I wanted to do Musical Theatre, but then started changing my mind. I soon realized while sitting in a Biology class that I was miserable and switched back to my original major. This taught me that you have to pursue what you’re passionate about. Not what you think would please others. Do what you love. 

  2. It’s perfectly fine to go to a community college. I went to a community college first because I didn’t know what I wanted to major in. I knew this would allow me to save money on tuition and get my general classes done. It also makes it easier to transfer colleges because you’ll have your Associates and at the new college you’ll be able to focus on classes solely for your major.

  3. College can be a big change. Moving away from your hometown or home can make you feel isolated and alone. I know I was pushed out of my comfort zone when I moved away from home twice. Just remember that you’re not alone and to stay connected with your family. 

  4. Join a club. I was a Junior transfer student and felt too unsure to join anything until my Senior year. I finally got enough courage to join HerCampus. I just wish I had joined sooner because it was the best thing I did. I say go for it and join a group that interests you. 

  5. Friendships. Make sure to hold onto old and new friends along the way. My mother always told me, “ The friendships you make in college are the ones that usually stick forever in your life”. I definitely see how this rings true since I’ve made friends that I know I could call in the future. Friends can be your rock through hard times.

  6. Rest. The stress alone of college can be hard. So, you have to remember to be kind to yourself. You will get through this. A lot of change will happen, but form a good group of friends and stay motivated. It’ll all be worth it.

Naomi is a Senior Musical Theatre major at The University of Tampa. Her dream career is working in Film, TV, and Broadway. Currently, she resides in Florida, but hopes to live on the West Coast after graduating. She would also love to visit Oaxaca, MX, where she is from. In her free time, she enjoys drinking iced coffees, walking her dog with her family, and watching Netflix.
Jalyssa is a Senior at the University of Tampa and the President of Her Campus at UT. She has worked with issues of human rights and advocation since high school. She is passionate about helping others, writing, and speaking up for those who can't advocate for themselves. Jalyssa's other interests include roller skating, art, music and make up. She hopes to one day become a criminal defense attorney.