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Going into my senior year of college, I can now look back at my freshman year and remember it as the start to some of my best memories. There are so many things that I wish someone would have told me back then, because I didn’t really know what I was getting into. Here are 15 pieces of advice for anyone that’s about to venture into the best four years of their life, from someone that’s been through it all.


  1. Being independent is harder than it seems.

Being in college brings a whole new sense of independence and freedom that you’ve never known. For the first time in your life, you don’t have your parents right there telling you what to do and you don’t have high school teachers reminding you to do your homework and to study. It’s all up to you, and while that can be exciting, it can also be extremely frightening at times.

  1. 8 a.m. classes are not a good idea if you’re not a morning person.

I know you think that it will be easy going to class at 8 a.m., considering you went to school earlier than that your entire life, but trust me when I say that you will not want to get up early for class anymore. You actually get to choose your class times now… take advantage of that!

  1. Don’t take your parents for granted.

There are going to be many, many times throughout the rest of your college years that you will wish you had them right by your side—trust me.

  1. You won’t stay friends with everyone from your high school group.

And that’s okay. It’s okay to outgrow people, you will have a ton of new friends in college! Just don’t let your true high school friends slip away from you.

  1. It’s okay to step out of your comfort zone.

Never do anything that you’re not okay with, but it’s okay to make that jump sometimes and try something new. Sometimes the best memories are made that way!

  1. People are always going to disagree with you—but you can’t be afraid to continue voicing your opinions.

Colleges are usually very liberal and being a conservative in that setting can be extremely tough. Don’t let all of those voices keep you from sharing your own opinion, even if you’re the only one that holds it. I knew I’ll be proud to say that I survived college without becoming a liberal.

  1. Don’t forget who you are and where you came from.

College is full of new experiences and is a time to redefine yourself; however, don’t lose who you really are.

  1. Grades matter.

They may not be everything, but you still have to focus on your grades. Academics are the reason that you’re at college in the first place!

  1. Take advantage of this new start.

You can move past any drama that you may have had in high school, and you can surround yourself with people that you really care about!

  1. You might cry… a lot.

And that’s okay. 

  1. Go out with your friends and make memories.

You’re never going to remember the nights that you got plenty of sleep, but you will remember the nights spent with your best friends.

  1. You don’t have to be friends with everyone you meet.

No matter what others say, you don’t even have to be friends with your roommate. You aren’t going to get along with everyone that you encounter in your life, just remember to always stay friendly and kind.

  1. Don’t get caught up in gossip/drama.

I promise you that it’s not worth it. Leave that in high school.

  1. Don’t trust the boy that says all the right things.

Because usually the boy that says all the right things is not the right boy. Trust the man that does all the right things.

  1. There are still going to be mean people in college.

And after college. You can never really escape them, just keep your head held high.


Jessica M
FFL Contributor
Jessica is a student at Shippensburg University pursuing a bachelor’s in Public Relations. She is a lover of all things pink & sparkly, going to church every Sunday morning, puppies & pigs, and Netflix binges. She is fiercely patriotic and hopes to have another president like Ronald Reagan. She has a southern state of mind and plans on moving to the South someday!

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