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Goodbye Summer, Hello College

 

I will miss the sun, the warmth, the fact I could walk outside without being drenched in rain.

NOT!

Sorry to all of you who love Summer but I am not one of you πŸ˜›

Autumn is here which means hot drinks, jumpers, jeans, blankets, staying inside without being judged πŸ˜€

My excitement is really something else πŸ˜‚

Now that autumn is here, college is here too.

I wanted to kind of do a tips post for any of you who are starting college. Here’s something you may not know…

I went into college with the dream of producing music until I realised how technical it is. I am no good at computers bar my blog πŸ˜› So I changed my course.

I had to repeat my first year twice and boy oh boy have I learned some lessons.

1.Think carefully about where you can see yourself in 5 years.Β 

This freaked me out too and it still does. But, college is expensive and there is no point paying all that money if you are doing something you don’t want to do. Just make sure you have some idea of your direction: music, writing, business, law. It will help.

2. Β It’s okay to change your mind.Β 

I certainly did πŸ˜› It is πŸ’―% okay to change your mind. We are human and we all have different preferences. Most colleges are supportive in this decision and will help you figure out another course or direction.

3. Get out and make friends.Β 

I didn’t exactly do this in my very first year. I did make friends within my classes but not in general. I wasn’t happy and really felt excluded from college life. Since I commute it was harder to make friends. But when I repeated I quickly learned my lesson. I socialised within my classes and have met some amazing people. Go out and socialise. If you don’t like them then don’t bother but I have made some really good friends ❀

4. This is not school.Β 

Nope. College is a different kettle of fish altogether. You have so much more responsibility in terms of your assignments and just showing up in general. There is no teacher nagging you or holding your hand. You have to do it all. Make sure you go to your classes and lectures, you will benefit πŸ™‚

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5. Do your readings.

I hate readings! They are boring and nothing like the books I read, but I force myself to sit down and read them. I have noticed my grades last year compared to my very first year. Readings and references do help! They are a pain in the backside but it is worth it if it means good grades… and lecturers and tutors like you better πŸ˜›

6. Try and get involved in a club/society.Β 

I failed miserably at his in my very first year. I also failed at this last year πŸ˜‚ Β So I really can’t say anything πŸ˜› But, I am getting my act together and joining something this year. Not only does it broaden your social circle but it looks great on your CV too πŸ˜€ Win, win πŸ‘πŸΌ This goes for social media groups too.

7. Take it easy.Β 

Many of my friends and family know that I am not a party animal. Don’t get me wrong, I love going out, having a few drinks, dance and have a great time. But it gets so boring after a while! It’s just the same cycle over and over again πŸ™„ . However, I’m not saying don’t go out and have fun but make sure you are careful when you do πŸ™‚

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8. Eat, eat, eat.Β 

This applies to commuters and boarders! If you are in anyway like me and just can’t cook to save your life, you need to learn some quick and easy recipes. It is so important to make sure you are healthy and feeding yourself. If you live at home and your parents are there for you then you really don’t need to worry πŸ˜› But when you away from home, you really realise that you actually have to turn on the cooker and boil the pasta yourself πŸ˜›

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9. Exercise? Ew.

I am a couch potato and I am not afraid to admit it πŸ™ŒπŸΌ . I am one of the laziest people you will ever meet if you ever meet me in the future. But walking to and from classes, through different campuses and to the shopping centre to get myself a bagel, I get my exercise in. I never realise how much walking I do when I’m in college until I check the Health app on my phone πŸ˜›Β giphy-3

10. Just have some fun.Β 

They say college years are the best years of your life. I firmly believe in that and already have so many great memories from my repeat first year. Yes classes are hard, exams are stressful but everything else in between is great. Most colleges have so much going on for students to ensure that they are happy. Take your classes seriously, study hard but most of all just have fun, meet people and make memories!!

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Well I know all of that was a bit deep but I wanted to provide some sort of helpful tips for any of you who are new to college. For those who are already in college, what are your thoughts?

You will more than likely hear this speech so much in your first year but when given advice, it is wise to take it πŸ˜›

Hope these help and you have a wonderful first year!

Have any of you started college?

Thanks so much for reading,

Pierina Reads ❀

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