First and Foremost, Love your Major… Seriously…. All my pics are focused around the Biomedical Engineering building because this is where I have spent majority of my time. It’s not only my present, but my future… So pick something you enjoy and cherish it for the rest of your life.
Find a sense of Home
Make your school, your dorm, your city, your apartment, your gym, your study spots…. make it all your HOME! After all, this is where you are going to be spending the next 4 years of your life. Better learn to love it, almost as much as you love home!
Be True to Yourself
Through all my experiences, circumstances, and memories, I’ve found that being true to who you are and what you believe in is so important. Don’t be afraid to share your true colors or express how you are feeling. In college there are so many times you must distinguish between what is right and wrong. Just because someone might feel differently about a situation, you shouldn’t let anyone else’s actions change yours. Stand up for what you believe in and follow your heart.
Fall In Love With as Many Things as Possible
Fall in love with your campus, fall in love with your school pride, fall in love with friends, with restaurants, with boys… and lots of them. Fall in love with study groups, with books, with your major. Fall in love with bars and malls! Literally everything! Find something you love doing and keep doing it. These years go by too fast & the more you love, the more you learn!
Care for Things (and in my case– my dog)
Everybody says when they go off to college they grow up.. and that’s because it is so true!!! Going off and living on your own teaches you so much about responsibility. Things I may not have worried so much about in high school, became a priority of mine in college. I had to learn to care about my living space, my grades (without my parents constantly staying on top of them), about my new friends, about my relationships, and most of all about myself.. both mentally and physically. oh & Oslo.. he has taught me more about life, love, and responsibility than anything else! dogs have a funny way of entering your life and impacting it in so many unimaginable ways.
wowww– did college teach me how to budget, or what!? not that I am very good at it now, but I am still trying ( I like to shop too much)… but as I’ve grown up I’ve experienced how my fiances change. Paying rent, paying utilities, paying cable, paying the power bill, budgeting for food, gas money.. things that never crossed my mind in high school suddenly became reality in college.. I may not have it figured out yet, but I am still learning.
Real Friends Stay
the ones from high school that are meant to be in your life, stay.
the ones you meet your first week of school, they stay.
your roommates, they stay.
your sorority sisters, they stay.
your study partners, they stay.
My mom told me right before I moved to ATL, “these are the years that you will gain your lifelong friends.” & I hate to say it.. but she was right again 🙂
Independence & Discipline
you are on your own… independence at last– or at least that’s what I told myself when I moved to ATL… but it’s not as fun as they make it sound. With independence, comes responsibility and discipline. For example, that 8 AM class you aren’t really feeling, but there is pop quizzes, well waking up to that requires discipline. Making your own choices, and reaping the consequences, that’s your independence. You live and you learn! Never forget that!
Appreciate your Family– Appreciate Where You Come From
There’s up and downs in everyone’s college career.. and plenty of them. My advice would be to always turn to the people who care the most about you– in happy times, in bad times, in good times, in sad times. This goes hand in hand with appreciating where you came from, who made you into the person you are today, and your most reliable support system — your family!
Let Yourself Dream
of the future — of your life
It’s okay to look forward, but never take for granted your present.
Say YES– capitalize on your opportunities
Say Yes!! over & over & over again.. say yes as many times as you can!
This is one thing I regret not doing enough. My friends would say, “join us for dinner” or “come out tonight” and I should’ve always said YES.. that paper or that test could’ve spared 30 minutes, but those memories are ones we can never get back.
Want to join club? YES! Want to go to NOLA this weekend? YES! Want to go study at Panera? YES! Want to order a pizza at 3 AM? YES! Want to go skydiving? YES! Want to go on a blind date? YES! Want to pile 8 people in a car and go to beach? YES! Want to take the MegaBus home? YES! Just say YESSSSS.. I promise you will be glad you did!
Who I really am
Most of all, college has taught me a lot about myself– as an individual, as a member of society, as a homeowner/renter, as an adult, as a mother (puppy momma), as a sister, as a friend, and as a person. These are the years for “figuring out” what you like, who you want to be, and where you want to end up!