Ugh. Words can't express how glad I am that this stage of my life is over. Some advice for the road?
- It's an awkward time for EVERYONE. It's not just you.
- People are mean. It's because they're uncomfortable. Try not to get too upset because of the things they say.
- Figure out who you can count on and hold them close.
- Figure out who the mean ones are and avoid them.
- Be you and try to stay true. (cliché, I know. :p)
I had a decent time in high school, but I had to make an effort to do so. Here's how:
- Don't freak out. This isn't real life. High school is just a stepping stone.
- Get involved. It looks good on college apps, but it also helps you make friends and stay busy.
- Get good grades. Yeah, that's obvious, but a lot of underclassmen tend to forget this one.
- Friends. Always friends. Keep the old ones, but make new ones too.
- Let things go. Mean people/drama queens/etc. aren't worth your time.
- If you aren't dating someone, it's okay.
- Yes, you can go to prom without a date. Go with friends.
- And yes, you should go to prom and homecoming at least once each. If you hate it, never go again.
- The "nerds", "drama geeks" and "band geeks" are some of the most genuine people on campus.
And finally, I've only been in college for about a week now, but here's some thoughts:
- Try not to eat alone. Introduce yourself to someone else who looks lonely. Or drag your suite mate along.
- Go to class.
- Know where your classes are in advance.
- Most professors are actually pretty cool.
- Sorority rush is scary, but overall, worth it. You'll meet lots of new people, even if you don't decide to go Greek.
- Eat at some funky restaurant just off campus that you've never heard of.
- The chocolate milk in the cafeteria is delicious and addictive.
- Having a roommate can be pretty cool.
- ALWAYS bring an umbrella.
- Don't give up. Classes are harder than high school, but so what? You can do this.
- Have fun. Just do it.
- That being said, don't do anything stupid.
- If you are in an upper level Chemistry class, you really should know that if your answer differentiates from the professor's by .001, it is NOT a big deal. Do NOT raise your hand and fret about it in front of 296 other people. You'll look dumb.
- TAs are usually stuck up. Let it go.
- Tech support for online classes sucks.
Happy back to school, everyone!