A lot of the local high schools are graduating this week. Here's my advice to those new college freshman.
1. Don't be intimidated by college. You will be able to get help if you need it. Sometimes students in high school are told of how much work college will be, and it will be a lot of work. But it can be done! Apply yourself and remember that there are resources on campus that can help you if you get stuck.
2. If I could go back in time, I would've spent two years getting my general education requirements out of the way at a community college. It usually doesn't matter where you are. Gen eds courses are all built similarly but they all come with different price tags.
3. It's okay to change your mind about things. So you're going to the fanciest school in the country, but when you show up, you hate it. You don't have to stay forever! If one school doesn't fit, that's okay, there's ones out there for you that will and you can always switch at the semester. I did.
4. The same thing applies for majors. I have been an interior design, film video and media studies, and fashion design major. I just graduated in four years with a bachelor of arts in public relations with a minor in textile and apparel merchandising. It works out. Study what you enjoy.*
5. Get involved. Either find a job or join clubs. Getting involved is what builds connections that you can store away for later.
6. Get an internship! Hey, guess what? I learned more in my internship than I did in school. It's that real-world experience that really makes a difference. You never know, those connections may even land you a job later!
7. Follow your gut. You don't have to do what other people are doing. Though some people think so, you don't have to be drunk every night to have "the college experience". Trust me on this one.
8. Making yourself sick with stress isn't worth it in the end. Trust me on that one too.
9. Believe in the salad bar. Pizza every night can get...scary.
10. Call your mom and dad. They're really smart.
*Remember there's other careers out there that could also make your dreams come true. Do you want to be a hairstylist or a carpenter? Great! Love it! You don't have to go to "college" but it's still an education. Make your own dreams come true and don't give a sh*t what other people think!