75 Things You Should Know Before College

I was talking to my friends the other day about college and being completely out of inspiration when it comes to blogging content when one of them suggested that I write a post about things that I wish I had known before starting college, now that I was a senior. Then, it hit me. I am going to be a senior. My years at university have been such a blur! It feels like just yesterday that I was embarking upon this great journey that is college. I can’t believe that in less than a year now, I will be a college graduate. I feel like I still have so much to learn and definitely don’t feel ready to get into the workforce.

Going to college soon? Click through to find out the 75 things you should know before college.

But still, I have learned quite a few things during my college years, and I thought it would be a great idea to share my wisdom with you. 😉 Also, I remembered that my friends Gabby and Hannah over at The Swirl wrote a similar post two years ago and they inspired the format of this post. Check them out for even more tips to succeed in college! 

  1. College isn’t as scary as it looks. Yes, it’s hard, but if you’re organized and are willing to work, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t succeed.
  2. It’s okay not to be the out-going type. Don’t worry, you’ll still end up making friends.
  3. You’re wasting your own money if you don’t go to class.
  4. You don’t have to attend every party to be cool.
  5. It’s okay to go out and have fun every once in a while.
  6. Choose your major based on what you’re passionate about. Don’t worry about what people think about it.
  7. Try to make the best out of every opportunity you can! You probably won’t ever get that opportunity again.
  8. Get out of your room and explore campus!
  9. Who you were in high school does not define you. College is an opportunity to start fresh and meet new people.
  10. You might lose touch with people you were close to in high school and that’s okay.
  11. Be yourself.
  12. Your planner is your new bible. Use it.
  13. Your syllabus is the bible of each course. Don’t loose it!
  14. Apply for internships if you have the opportunity. It will change your life!
  15. Don’t copy without crediting. Always cite your sources.
  16. You really don’t need to pull all-nighters. I’ve managed to survive my college years without one and I don’t think it’s going to start now.
  17. Choose the people you work with on group projects wisely.
  18. Get a part-time job if you can. It’s great to have a little bit of extra cash!
  19. But don’t let it get in the way of your studies! College always comes first.
  20. The key to having the best college experience is finding balance.
  21. Make sure you get your 8 hours of sleep every night.
  22. Handwritten notes are more effective. You learn better when you write things down by hand.
  23. Don’t let yourself get distracted by social media or your cell phone in class.
  24. Sit at the front of the class.
  25. Invest in the right tools early. This will make your life so much easier!
  26. Try to bring your own lunch when you can. Eating on campus can get quite expensive!
  27. Always walk around campus before classes begin so you can locate your classes.
  28. It’s okay to change your major. If you’re not happy with what you’re learning, change it! Find what you are really passionate about.
  29. There’s a good chance that you won’t have things figured out by the time you’re a senior. Don’t worry about it. Some people spend years looking for what they really want!
  30. Do your school work in advance. Trust me, you don’t want to stress the night before a paper is due because you’re still not done.
  31. Get involved on campus. Join a club, participate in events held on campus, add an extracurricular… It’ll help you make new friends!
  32. It’s often the most boring classes that will help you the most in the work field. Don’t overlook them.
  33. But don’t hesitate to take some fun classes too! Who knows, it might open some doors for you.
  34. Don’t get sucked in on a new tv show on Netflix during finals. You will regret it.
  35. Start studying early. There’s no way you can learn weeks of content in one night.
  36. Learn what type of learner you are. It will save you many hours of trying to figure out why you can’t seem to remember what you’re studying.
  37. Don’t forget to reward yourself every once in a while. You deserve it!
  38. Make some time for your friends and family.
  39. Find your productive spot.
  40. Set goals for yourself. That will motivate you to work harder!
  41. Midterms and finals are a b*tch. Be prepared.
  42. Always work hard. You never know what could happen!
  43. Apply to scholarships if you can.
  44. Don’t forget to take breaks every once in a while. It’s good for your brain!
  45. Always revise your papers before handing them in. Your brain can make some stupid mistakes sometimes.
  46. Ask your friends to reread your work before handing it in. They can spot mistakes you have overlooked!
  47. Invest in a grammar-checker. It’ll save you time on revision!
  48. Making friends is hard.  You have to get out of your shell to meet new people.
  49. Your professors won’t always remind you about tests and assignments. Don’t be the kid who shows up to class unaware. Use your syllabus.
  50. Choose your classes based on what they can offer you.
  51. Learn to say no. Don’t overcommit.
  52. Know your limits. Take some time off if you need it.
  53. Aim for success. Believe it or not, your state of mind plays a big part in your success!
  54. Maximize your free time.
  55. Read the grading rubrics before starting your assignments.
  56. Invest in some storage items. Avoid getting your space messy!
  57. Never go to class without eating breakfast. You definitely don’t want your stomach to hurl in the middle of class…
  58. Learn how to cook (at least the basics). Always eating out adds up quickly!
  59. Drink water.
  60. Google Drive will be your Lord and Savior.
  61. Your parents can be overprotective sometimes. But they mean it in the best way possible.
  62. Don’t be afraid to speak up. What you have to say has value.
  63. Your grades do not define your worth.
  64. Ask your mom to show you how to do laundry. You definitely do not have enough underwear to last you all semester!
  65. Netflix is definitely worth the $9.99 monthly fee!
  66. Always check your school email before you leave for class. There is nothing worse than heading to class only to find out later that the class got canceled.
  67. Canceled class will always make your days 100% better.
  68. Internships demand a lot of work. Make sure you’re always giving it your best!
  69. Write down every deadline in your planner. You will thank me later.
  70. Set up a LinkedIn profile. You might think it’s useless, but I promise you it’s not!
  71. Learn another language if you can. It will open you so many doors!
  72. Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it.
  73. The friends you make in college will last you a lifetime.
  74. Don’t worry about what other people think about you. They’re not worth it.
  75. Learn to budget your money, even if you’re not paying for your tuition.

What other tips/advice do you have for college students?