College is one of those crazy times that not everyone chooses to go through. If you’ve decided to make the next step in furthering your education, be prepared. College is nothing like high school. Well, maybe the people don’t always change but with thousands of students on campus and numerous classroom buildings, certain people are always easy to avoid. Still, college is an entirely different world, and the best advice that anyone can prepare you with are the words of warning and vigilance from House Stark, one of the greatest, most noble houses of Westeros. Winter is Coming.
- Don’t worry about trying to fit in. Just be yourself and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks.
High school might have been the time for trying to fit in with this group or that clique, but you’re in college now. You don’t need to be someone you’re not in order to fit in. College is a time to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life and how you want to live it. Don’t worry about other people and what they think. Their opinions don’t matter. If someone doesn’t like you, move on. There are plenty of other people for you to meet.
- Don’t become an alcoholic every weekend.
It’s easy to get caught up in the partying and drinking on weekends, especially if you live on campus. Everyone always seems to be going out and having a good time, and you don’t want to be left out. The best advice anyone can give you: know your limits and get your work done. Then you can have your fun.
- You need to be independent now.
Don’t rely on anyone else to save you. You’re in college now, and you need to learn how to be independent. Mom and Dad won’t be around forever to help you get out of sticky situations; no one can save you from the mistakes you make. And ladies, you don’t need a “knight in shining armor” to rescue you from a tower. You can rescue yourself.
- It’s okay to cry.
College is tough, like really, really tough. You’re going to have to work for your grades no matter what major you choose to pursue, and it’s okay if you don’t get the perfect grades you once got in high school. And after pulling an all-nighter for a test you fail, it’s okay if you want to curl up in a ball and hibernate under all your blankets for a bit.
- But you can’t let every failure be a discouragement.
Allow yourself those few moments of self-pity but get back up and do what needs to be done no matter how much time or work it might take.
- You won’t always agree with your teacher’s opinion.
But seriously, don’t push it. Don’t argue. Just go with it. Your grade will be so much better for it.
- You might want to re-think going out in the middle of the week.
The next morning rolls around and you’re regretting that last martini and vaguely remembering that make out session with the hot guy whose name you forgot to catch. Roll up to class rocking a messy hair bun and sweats. Test? Oh shoot. That was today? Yeah, you’re feeling your stomach drop into your butt right about now. Worst feeling in the world. Don’t let that happen to you.
- You’re still going to have to deal with idiots.
Sometimes people don’t get any smarter once they graduate high school, or even college for that matter. Just ignore them. Don’t argue and get on their level. It’s not worth your time or energy.
- It’s okay to fall in love, just don’t let it take over your life.
You may or may not fall in love during your college years, but enjoy it when you have it. Just don’t let it be all-consuming and have it take over your life to the point of stupid decisions and pushing important people away. Take it from Jamie’s mistakes– your love is not worth pushing a little boy out of a window.
- Get your sleep whenever and wherever you can– just not in class.
You might be pulling a handful of all-nighters more than once a week, especially during finals. So make sure you at least get a couple hours of sleep. You don’t want to be finding your eyes closing in the middle of that test nor on one of the couches in the student union building. #Awkward
- Revel in your successes.
When you ace that test you’ve been studying for all week, you better be proud of yourself. Go out and buy yourself an ice cream or give yourself an all-day binge-watching Netflix day. Celebrate. The whole reason you’re in college is to make grades and have a good time.
- Don’t forget about your family.
If you’re a long way from home or even right down the street, don’t forget to stay close with your family no matter how busy you might be. They’ll always be there for you no matter what you’re going through.
College is a crazy and wild time. You’re going to meet so many new people that you won’t know what to do with yourself. It feels like just yesterday that I was spending my summer anxiously waiting for my first year of college to start. Now I’m beginning my junior year. My time in college has gone by so fast that I can hardly keep up. Make sure you enjoy your time, don’t stress out too much over grades, and know your priorites. These are the last days of our lives before going out into the real world. Are you ready?