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6 Things I Wish I Knew Freshman Year

A healthy transition from high school to college is very important. Whether you’re going out of state or staying close to home, the thought of a new environment can make anyone nervous. There really isn’t a right way to prepare for college because you have no idea what to expect. Now that I am a junior in college, I’ve been reflecting on my growth as a person. Here are a few things I wish I knew as a freshman:

1. Do what makes you happy, regardless of others’ opinions.

In the end, it’s your life and you have to live it the way you want. For example, selecting a major that makes you happy is the most important thing. Even if you are undecided, that’s fine, too. Figure out what you don’t like first and work from there.

“We must go ahead and see for ourselves.” – Jacques Cousteau 

2. You can’t trust everyone.

It’s important to be open to new people and try to make friends your freshman year. At the same time, it’s smart to keep your guard up and learn to say no sometimes. Most of the time, people have a secret agenda they are working toward.

“There are no stronger enemies than patience and time.” – Leo Tolstoy

3. Get involved on campus.

If there’s a club that interests you, don’t hesitate to check it out! Joining organizations will push you outside of your comfort zone. You will learn to work on a team and communicate your ideas.

“To love what you do and feel that it matters – how could anything be more fun?” Katherine Graham

4. Build your resume and career early on.

It’s always a good idea to update your resume regularly early on in college. Another thing to do early on is apply for internships; they are great resume builders and learning experiences.

“The secret of life and art is the threefold: getting started, keeping going, and getting started again.” – Seamus Heaney

5. Be yourself.

For me, a huge part of college has been figuring out who I am and who want to be. I know it sounds cliché, but it’s important to be yourself. Don’t try to be perfect or someone you’re not. You will find that even your imperfections make you unique in a special way.

“You just have to be yourself and go full with confidence and be courageous.” – Gabby Douglas

6. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

Whatever you do, do not feel shame for making mistakes.This is an unavoidable aspect in life. In fact, making mistakes are a positive thing because we learn how to be better and work harder from them.

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” – Frederick Douglass

I enjoy writing for Her Campus, studying Sociology, cooking, and listening to music. I have an appreciation for learning about the world we live in and how to make it a better place for everyone.  I hope you enjoy my articles! 
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