For all you incoming students and overall curious people, below are all the blog posts I’ve started but wasn't able to write an entire post about, and a few I thought of along the way. I hope you enjoy!
IT’S OKAY NOT TO LIKE COLLEGE RIGHT AWAY.... But don't give up hope either! Change is always hard, but things will get easier! My biggest suggestion is to get involved. Join a bible study or a club with people you don't know (people are only new once!). Make friends with the people in your classes and with your major (you'll be seeing a lot of each other throughout the next four years). It's not going to be easy, and sometimes it’ll be awkward, but I promise it will be worth it!
You can nap later, I promise. If you take morning classes you can have free afternoons, when it’s actually nice outside. Everyone dreads the 8 am, but when it’s 70 degrees outside, everyone also wishes they didn’t have class til 3.
Your major will probably change once or twice... or... five times if you're me. It's going to be frustrating, but it’s okay. You’ll figure it out. Don’t give up on yourself.
Go to class, man. You chose a small private college for a reason, and the profs will know if you're not there, whether they take attendance or not.
Talk to your profs. They love to listen and get to know you, and if you ever have to miss class later in the semester, it's way easier to talk to them about it if they know you and you've built a relationship with them.
Your first test might blow you out of the water. Take a deep breath and relax. It’s a long semester, figure out how you study best, and get the next one.
Myth: Studying all night will help you pass. EHHHH. A good night’s sleep will give you a clear mind and help you focus.
For the rest of life:
Get some sleep. The first few weeks, you're going to feel invincible; staying up til the wee hours of the morning, eating junk food, and pounding the energy drinks. I promise that will fade and you will be exhausted. Make some good habits, but if someone asks you to go on a midnight donut run, say yes. You're only in college once.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE BEST FRIENDS WITH YOUR ROOMMATE. I know it's one of those things you come into college hoping to do, but the reality is, it doesn't always happen and that's okay. Just be yourself and communicate with one another, you'll have a great year!
Learn the shortcuts through the buildings. It's no secret that it gets cold here during the winter, and the walk from Covenant to the Classroom Building is a little jaunt, but follow a pack of upper classmen early in the winter and learn the ropes of short cutting. It'll save you some frozen nose hairs!
The rec center seems like a scary place. It's not. Sometimes it's overwhelming because of everything that's happening, but it'll slow down. Routines will form, practices will find schedules and you'll find it's really an awesome place. P.S. If you get the chance, learn how to play racquetball. I just learned this year and I wish I had started sooner!
Don't date before tri-state. It's a thing. It sounds lame. Don't do it. Make some friends first! The MRS degree doesn't mean much if you don't have friends to share it all with. Give it some time. God will handle it. Seriously, He’s got this.
Let’s hear some more suggestions, students and graduates!