50 Tips for Making the Most Out of College

Last May I was “supposed to graduate” college. HA! I took a bit longer route in order to get two degrees and half of my Master’s degree, so I’m still on campus roaming around with 18-year-olds whose excitement of freedom hasn’t washed away yet and they haven’t taken their first exam yet that’ll make them feel like their lives are crashing in. Wow. That was dramatic.

ANYWAY.

I have a lot of advice to share, but not many people to share it with so here it goes…

  1. Don’t eat ramen/unhealthy food for every meal. The freshman 15 is real and will haunt you for many years to come.
  2. Don’t take advantage of your easy classes and slack off, this will also come to haunt you (and your GPA later)
  3. Don’t be the one who always needs to be in a relationship. College is about ~FiNDinG YoURSelF~. But, seriously.
  4. Forge friendships with those in your organizations.
  5. GET INVOLVED WITH ORGANIZATIONS.
  6. There is always free food at organization meetings but see advice #1.
  7. Don’t hide away in your room, make friends and see new things.
  8. Don’t miss out on opportunities to get to know faculty and professors.
  9. Take advantage of the career center.
  10. Start a Linkedin page and actually update it.
  11. Check out The Muse for career advice.
  12. Take on a leadership position in an organization.
  13. Don’t let said leadership position consume your life.
  14. If said leadership position consumes’s your life, fight that hard.
  15. Fight that hard because you’ll miss out on other experiences
  16. Please trust me on the above #PersonalExperienceMissingOutOnExperiences
  17. However, if you have the passion to be a leader, pursue it further, just don’t obsess over it.
  18. Trust your heart when it comes to bad friendships
  19. Don’t dwell on things that happened from the past.
  20. Make a mistake, overanalyze it for awhile, and then move on.
  21. Understand that life is constantly changing. You will be the only one who remembers something dumb you did. Unless it’s really dumb, then everyone will remember. Sorry.
  22. If said thing is really dumb, see advice #20.
  23. Find some quality friends and stick with them, but don’t forget that expanding your circle is also okay.
  24. Greek life is awesome, but it’s not for everyone so don’t put pressure on yourself regarding that.
  25. If you choose to go greek, your letters shouldn’t define you, they shouldn’t make you think you’re better than everyone else, and they sure as heck should encourage you to be a better person than you were before.
  26. If you go greek, don’t let that be the only thing you have on your resume, try to be well-rounded.
  27. Don’t let parties go before grades.
  28. Don’t let your friends try to pressure you to go out.
  29. Let your friends get mad at you because you don’t want to do something.
  30. Compromise with your friends to keep a friendship alive.
  31. If you have a relationship, don’t manipulate them into spending time with you.
  32. If you have a relationship, you’ll survive not seeing them for a day or sleeping with them every night.
  33. Long distance relationships aren’t the end all be all of a relationship (I’ve been in one for four years, you can survive).
  34. Stop reading into social media. It ruins everything.
  35. Go see what your school gym looks like. It’s probably nice and not nearly as scary as one may think.
  36. It’s okay to be the person who says they’re going to eat healthy and work out and then sit on their couch binge-watching Netflix and eating a ton of guac.
  37. Don’t be the person that does ^ every day though.
  38. Try to understand those around you with differing opinions you may learn a thing or two.
  39. Just because someone doesn’t agree with you doesn’t mean they’re wrong. Our upbringing and life experiences play a huge part into what we think.
  40. Try something new, but don’t feel pressure to keep doing it.
  41. Just because you’re in college, doesn’t mean you have to drink.
  42. Practice self-care.
  43. Do your homework.
  44. Don’t procrastinate.
  45. Be a good person.
  46. Don’t keep wishing next month, next year, whatever “just got here already”.
  47. Eat that pizza and stop worrying about every calorie you consumed.
  48. Stop stressing out about things that won’t matter in 5 years.
  49. Cheer on your football team, robotics team, or intramural game. Have some sort of school spirit.
  50. Try to constantly evolve into a better you that society can benefit from.

I understand college is stressful, scary, lonely, whatever it may be. I have also felt every single one of those feelings or I have seen my friends go through them. However, college should be a positive time in your life. Stressing out about the details that don’t matter, relationships that don’t work out, or about that one test grade that will mess up your future is not worth it because none of that is true. We all share the same amount of stress and fear that our lives will be over at the first mistake we make, but we can always rise back from it and tackle life head on.

Here’s hoping for a brighter future!

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4 thoughts on “50 Tips for Making the Most Out of College

  1. My Sprinkle of Prep says:

    I love this advice and even though I have heard several of these coming in the freshman year I didn’t follow them, now that I am a junior I wish that I had. I wish that I had joined more clubs, and knew that I every friend I made I didn’t have to be friends with for the next four years. I guess it doesn’t matter how much you are told this, you never truly learn it till you are put in the position to learn it yourself. Thanks so much for sharing.

    megan // mysprinkleofprep.wordpress.com

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    • thegradgalblog says:

      YES! So true! I was told most of this or versions of this leading into college as well and shrugged them off. I just hope one person reads this and takes one piece of advice. I wish I had known this when I went to college because I wouldn’t have put so much pressure on myself! Well, we live and learn haha! Thanks for taking the time to read this, I appreciate it!

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  2. miss kevyn says:

    Funny you mentioning how you were “supposed” to graduate, because I’m staying in school a year later than planned too 😅 life has its ways. Can’t wait to get through with it, but also excited to make the best out of it. Thanks for sharing!

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