As my second semester of my junior year of college comes to an end, I can’t help to to look back on what I have learned and experienced. I remember when freshman year ended, and I thought I had the whole “college-thing” completely figured out, which I quickly found out was wrong as I entered into my sophomore year. The cycle repeated, and I inevitably became a know-it-all-sophomore (everyone goes through this phase sophomore year, right?) and once again, was struck back to reality upon starting my junior year. Now, I’m not going to fall into the same cycle I always do and claim to understand all of the ins-and-outs of college simply because I have another year (almost) under my belt, but I will say, I have learned a lot the past three years about college life, being “on your own” and what it means to carry your morals out in a whole to environment. What better way to explain my thoughts than to make a list?! (one of my favorite things to do and one of the many ways I am overly organized.)
1. Friends. Change. I remember having a group of friends freshman year that I was SURE would be my best friends all through college. This is true, for some, but for others… not so much. I was crushed when my friend group changed so drastically between my freshman and sophomore year, but man has the Lord been faithful through it all. I learned so much about myself and what it is I truly look for in a close friend. Although I still care about those past friendships dearly, I am even more grateful for what I learned about myself and others as past friendships weakened. Don’t take it personally if your friendships change through college! That’s apart of growing into your own person!
2. Be ORGANIZED. Now, I know I am a little over the top and borderline OCD when it comes to my organizational skills… but y’all, it pays off to have your life (somewhat) together! It’s easier to get stuff done, you take can take pride in your space (even if it’s half a dorm room or a little room in a sorority house), and it helps to decrease the stress in your life. Now, I’m not asking you to make your bed first thing in the morning like I do, but maybe just have your school stuff in order for the next day before you go to sleep. I promise, having a place for everything will make your life in college easier. (& GET A PLANNER.)
3. Cling tight to what is important to you. My morals and faith are something that is very dear to me, and I knew they would be tested upon entering college. Surround yourself with people that share the same standards as you to encourage you and to keep each other accountable. I’m blessed to have a group of girlfriends that spur on my relationship with the Lord while challenging me to be a better person. Don’t wait until you are in college to figure out your morals. It’s far to easy to give into temptation when you don’t know what it is you stand for.
4. Take pride in who you are. People are going to treat you differently depending on the vibe you give off to them. I notice that so many girls simply do not take the extra time to look cute (or…alive…) for class (hey, I am completely guilty of this from time to time) and I can’t help but to wonder why? Taking care of yourself is respecting yourself. I know we all have those mornings when we “just can’t” #TSM, but make an effort to look nice! Wear your hair down, put on some lipstick, rock that new skirt. Pretty soon, your wardrobe will consist of “business casual” and you won’t have the freedom to express yourself through fashion. And remember, dress well test well! 🙂