5 Mistakes I Made in My First Semester of College
They say you will learn more during your time in college than you will at any other time in your life. Besides memorizing bones in the human hand and learning that the addition of juice concentrate to beer, vodka and whisky makes the most delicious drink in the world, I do not feel any more knowledgeable than I did four months ago. The reason why? I didn’t learn anything new about myself. Living away from home, thousands of people, alcohol at my disposal. It’s the perfect recipe to have a good time, but more importantly, to discover yourself. Make it a goal to learn something new each semester. Learn how to program, learn how to rock climb, learn how to dance. At the end of your college days, you will have a wealth of skills and talents and perhaps you will learn a thing or two about yourself along the way.
2. I didn’t join a club.
The true advantage of a college campus is the high density of students who potentially share similar interests. However, the chances of discovering that the girl sitting next to you is a tea aficionado or that the guy with the green eyes has dreams of volunteering in Peru are pretty slim. Unless of course, you join a club. Clubs allow you to meet and connect with many people who share the same interests as you. They allow you to learn and have fun, and in some instances contribute to society. Also, they can look great on resumes and help you network with amazing people.
3. I didn’t take care of myself.
We’ve all heard about the freshman 15, but unfortunately the degree to which many college students neglect their body is much greater than a few extra pounds. Lack of sleep, poor eating habits, lack of exercise, stress and excessive stimulant (i.e. caffeine) consumption are habits and behaviors that plague college students. It’s no secret that all of these factors can lead to decreased academic and social performance, not to mention have various adverse side effects on the human body. Living a healthy and balanced life in college will pay dividends immediately and in the future.
4. I didn’t change my work habits.
College is all about adapting, and unless you adapt to new teaching styles and develop new study habits, don’t be surprised when you no longer have a 4.0 GPA. Study habit evolution and time management are the most important changes that must be made during your transition to college life. Tip: Review after each class and stay on top of your work, it really does help.
5. I didn’t meet girls.
It’s every freshman’s dream, thousands of beautiful people, no parents, your very own dorm room… Unfortunately, for far too many students this dream never becomes a reality. Luckily, you have the power to change this. The people you meet in college will be the most open and interesting people you will ever meet. Everyone on campus is looking for a new friend, a new person to call his or her own. Take advantage of this fact, make an effort to talk to the opposite sex, make new friends and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. You’ll be pleasantly rewarded. If you do get rejected, brush it off and think nothing of it, there are plenty of other fish in the sea.