Supposedly, your college years are some of the best years of your life. And somewhere in between the 8:00am classes and lack of parking spots, I agree.
Here’s the weird thing about being in your 20s: you can be in a completely different place than everyone around you. While I’m 21 and going to school, some people my age are getting married, engaged, having babies, or traveling the world. It’s kind of great, right? Because there is no right or wrong way to do life at this point – you just do what works for you.
For me, I chose to take a gap year (a year off school after high school before starting college), and now I’m a junior in college. As I quickly approach the end of my college career (trying not think about the fact that I’m starting feel af), I’ve started to reflect on the things I should’ve remembered as a freshman and sophomore to enjoy my college days more, and be sure to apply them to my senior year.
Granted, I went to community college so I didn’t have a typical college experience (no dorms for me), and I’m going to the university in the town my parents live in (thanks for the free rent mom and dad), I still have a few tips on how to make the most of your college years.
Changed your major about five times? It’s all good. We’re all in the same boat here. There seems to be some unspoken expectation that you have your whole life after college figured out by the end of your freshman year. Without spending too much money, I actually encourage you to take different courses on things you may not have thought about before. Maybe you’re dead set on sociology. Great! But hey, maybe try taking a geography class just to see what it’s all about.
College is not just about furthering your education, it’s about furthering your character and becoming a well-rounded, diversified person.
Slow down, and go out of your comfort zone when it comes to your courses. I never really enjoyed science in high school because I wasn’t very good at it, but I took an environmental science class as a college sophomore and I ended up loving it!
DON’T WORK TOO MUCH.
Ugh. I spent the first two years of college working so much at a fast food job that by the time I got to my junior year I realized I had no friends and had missed out on things like football games, camping trips, parties, and I’m sure a lot more.
YOU HAVE THE REST OF YOUR LIFE TO WORK.
Enjoy these years where people, – society even – are giving you a free pass to not work 40-50 hours a week.
Everyone’s situation is different and I completely understand working to pay the rent and the bills, but don’t work so much that four years has gone by and the majority of your college memories are bussing tables.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO POST EVERYTHING ON SOCIAL MEDIA.
I love Instagram as much as the next person – I really do. But, like with many things, you should try to limit yourself. Are you taking that picture because you truly want to remember the moment, or because you trying to show everyone you have a great life? If you’re posting on social media for yourself, by all means, have at it!
But remember, you don’t have to project to the world that you have a perfect, instagram-worthy life 24/7. Take time to just live in the moment and enjoy life.
STOP PUTTING PRESSURE ON YOURSELF.
I know, it’s easier said than done. We’re human. Maybe you’re dead set on graduating with a 4.0. That’s a great goal to have, and it’s important to set goals and work hard to achieve them. But if you get one 3.9 in that one class, guess what? It’s okay.
It’s okay if you sleep through your alarm because you were out too late the night before. It’s okay if you didn’t do so great on that math test.
It’s really okay.
STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE AND TRY NEW THINGS.
Go to that party. Take a weekend drive to a city you’ve never been to. Ask that person in your class for their number.
Just do it. And you’ll find that as you get older, it does get easier. Because you really do realize that as cheesy as it is – life is short.
And when you’re looking back on college, you’ll want the list of things you wish you had done, to be a lot shorter than the list of things you did do.