Life is a tricky thing – in the moment, time drags by, but as a whole, it absolutely flies. I just toasted to the last 100 days of my college career. I’m blown away by how quickly this day has arrived. As I look back over the past five (yes, five) years, I can’t help but marvel at how far I’ve come. And while I wouldn’t change a thing about my journey, there are a few things I’d tell myself if I could do it all over.
I was the girl everyone hated in high school. Yes, I slept through class and still graduated at the top of my class. I was constantly reminded of how smart I was and how good I was at school. That’s the attitude I brought to college. I quickly found that everyone around me also graduated at the top of their class, and being the smartest in high school actually said next to nothing about how college would go for me. If I could do it all over, I’d lose the attitude and I’d go into college ready for the hardest five years of my academic career.
Not only did I start college with the wrong attitude, I also started with the wrong major. I came to school as an engineering student, primarily with the dream of making good money. My parents were so proud. I ultimately held onto that dream even after I knew it wasn’t for me because I wanted to make them happy. Choose a major that you can do something with, but also one that makes you happy. It’s okay to change your mind, and then change it again. Eighteen is so early to decide your future, so don’t be afraid to second guess your original choice.