1. Deadlines both mean something. . .and they don’t
-I had a mental break down in the middle of my second semester because I was hit with so many projects at once. I was so bombarded that I forgot to write a 4 page essay for a class that really. . .won’t do me much good in the field I’m studying, but still made me almost shit my pants because I needed it to graduate and not turning in that paper meant failing because . . .I wasn’t giving that class the attention it needed. I explained my situation to my teacher and my original deadline date was scooted over by one day. . . .I’m sure this varies depending on what type of professor you’re dealing with, but I noticed most were willing to set back dates knowing that projects and finals often got the best of students at the worst possible times. Lesson Learned?: extensions for deadlines exist O.O . . .when your professor isn’t an ass . . .
2. Social life is secondary, depending on if you have one or not
– I didn’t have much of a social life until my second semester because I didn’t have core classes during that time, giving me space to jack off and not do much of anything. If you’re someone that does have classes that involve large reading assignments or a big schedule that consists of more than 15 credits. . . .save plans for the weekend, if you’re still coherent after the week is over. Procrastinating is probably not the best idea either. I tried it, I failed miserably. Having to make yourself sit down and actually focus in order to have everything work takes practice, but it’s worth it. Lesson Learned?: do the important stuff first and play later. If you have a major that can handle social life: fine. If you’re a Pre-Med student. . . .stay at the library Monday through Friday and you’ll do fine 🙂
3. Traveling on foot means being fearless
-On college campus’, so many people disregard students that cross the street. Granted, I have to cross the street a lot and I’ve almost got hit by a car . . .more times than I can count on my hands. I’ve seen people not even look before they walk into on coming traffic and, again, the people in the cars don’t mind hitting a college student like it’s 500 points in a video game. They just don’t care. Lesson Learned?: look before you cross the street. . .common sense to some, but not all.
4. Don’t ‘expect’: ‘Do’
– My first year I thought I would have a job, get decent grades, maybe gain a boyfriend somewhere in there, as well as continue to do all my hobbies. The problem with some of my expectations is that I was kind of just expecting some of it to fall into my lap. With the job, I looked into it before hand, but didn’t make sure I knew where I was going or what I was doing. It took me awhile to mentally say ‘instead of just waiting, why not ask people and then take myself there?’. Yeah. . .I feel like normal people could do this pretty damn well, but I’m not normal, unfortunately. In terms of decent grades, I needed A LOT of help that I didn’t get right away. I didn’t wait a long time, but I still didn’t go soon enough because I assumed I would just remember what I learned and would be able to apply it easily, like I would do in high school, but when it came to chemistry and biology. . .that was not the case. . .the hobbies I had drifted because I was busy and didn’t put away time to do it and the boyfriend thing just. . .didn’t happen because I didn’t try and, again, expected for someone to kind of plop themselves in front of me. Lesson Learned?: be prepared and ‘do’ before you ‘expect’ because not everything works out the way you want it to. I’ve had situations where expecting got me in trouble because I either ended up sitting doing nothing I was supposed to do or the person I depended on let me down. Having a plan when the first plan fails is good and proactive. It saves time . . .loads of it.
5. Staying healthy helps
-I feel like I’m kind of a hypocrite on this one because I failed at staying healthy a lot of times. In the beginning, I followed the advice of a friend I have who’s really in shape and I lost weight gradually and then I noticed all the great food on campus and my roommate always ordered pizza and I became a sluggish blob. . .and then I got back on the horse and managed not to gain the freshmen 15. In fact, I lost a good 18 lbs. at school and have gained 5 pounds being back at home. When I was healthy at school, though, it helped me focus and have more energy to do the busy schedule I had. Lesson Learned?: make an effort to be healthier for your own personal well being because it helps in all areas of your life, especially college.
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*looks up at post* I feel like I had more to share, but for me it’s like 4 AM, so my brain is doing that thing where it really wants to shut off, but it won’t so it’s decided to partially fail. . .if that makes sense. Hopefully this was helpful to someone and if it wasn’t, maybe what I went through was amusing/interesting and you enjoyed reading it. That would really make me happy even if it just did that 🙂