Finding Your Way

College can be a difficult transition for most, simply because the atmosphere from high school changes drastically depending on the college you end up in. In my experience, academics did become harder, but in college you're given countless resources available at your disposal at all times. Learning how things work and finding the people you are comfortable with takes some time. Coming into college with friends from high school can bring about a lot of unnecessary drama. Even finding the wrong crowd of people once you’re here can seriously mess up who you are and your work ethic.

Here are some tips for helping yourself branch out of your old ways and seeing how you can find your way and be the best version of yourself:

  • Don't isolate yourself from everyone and just attend class, go to the cafeteria, and your dorm room. Find other things to do!
  • See what your campus has to offer, check out all the clubs and organizations, and see what's available for you to do around your campus.

If you find yourself stuck in a drama filled and negative environment, distance yourself and don't add fuel to the fire. The last thing a college student needs is drama on top of being stressed out with classes and work.

Make sure you and your roommate or roommates are all always in agreement and have no room for drama or any miscommunication to happen.

A lot of the time you're going to need to learn to take the high road and not comment on everything. Some people you meet in college you’ll think are your friend, but find out otherwise. Don't let it get to you and just move on from the negativity.

Always get to know your professors, and faculty. Building a bond with them is essential and having someone to guide you on campus and help you out is crucial.

I could go on forever, but those are some key things to keep in mind! Slowly i’ve learned how to overcome and get through the obstacles I've had while in college. You’ll have times where you feel like you’re never going to see the bright side of things, but that's never true. Learning who you are and putting yourself in situations that do nothing but help you grow positively are essential. Being a sophomore, I can look back on my freshman year and say that every downfall of both semesters helped me grow as a person. There were a lot of tough times, but looking back they gave me the mindset I have now of: realizing sooner than others in their college career that drama and negativity isn’t something I want in my life whatsoever. Just always remember there is always an upside to things, but you as a person have to want better for yourself to find it and make a positive change.