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Heading off to college is an intimidating transition in your life, whether you’re going a mile up the road or halfway across the country. From the freedom of being away from your parents to the all-nighter you’ll inevitably pull, you’re about to have the time of your life. Going to school 12 hours away was one of the best decisions I’ve made, but there are a few things I wish I knew before I got here. Although there’s many more things you’ll learn for yourself, here’s 40 of the most important lessons I’ve learned so far.

  1. The freshman 15 is very real, and scary. Stay healthy and make sure to get some exercise

  2. Remember you’re more than just a number on a scale.

  3. Just because you didn’t have to work out in high school doesn’t mean the same applies in college. College isn’t easy.

  4. Dining hall food isn’t as bad as it might seem.

  5. Greek life isn’t everything, but it’s definitely worth trying.

  6. You probably will lose touch with some of your high school friends and it’s totally normal.

  7. Make friends on your hall.

  8. Study a lot; nobody is there to remind you anymore.

  9. Make sure to strike a balance between your school work and your social life.

  10. Get as involved as possible.

  11. Step outside your comfort zone–you never know what unexpected friendships will come from it!

  12. Don’t overwhelm yourself in extracurricular activities, but find a diversity of different activities to get involved in.

  13. Take some time everyday for yourself to read a book, watch the news or take a quick nap. Do something that makes you happy.

  14. Over sized t-shirts will, in fact, save your life.

  15. Late night fast food runs with your best friends will become one of your favorite parts of college.

  16. Smile at everyone you see and be a positive light on your campus.

  17. Find something you’re passionate about and put your all into it.

  18. You’ll never regret a Friday night spent inside watching Netflix instead of going out partying. Those end up being the best nights with your friends.

  19. But do make sure you go out once in a while and meet new people, you’re only this young once.

  20. The mistakes you make don’t and never will define you.

  21. Who you were in high school doesn’t define you.

  22. Don’t forget to call home, your family misses you.

  23. Pizza at 2 a.m. is normal in college.  Just don’t make it a habit.

  24. It’s okay to miss home, being homesick is normal.

  25. Boys will break your heart.

  26. Things that seem like the end of the world, you’ll likely laugh about in a few years or even a few days.

  27. Never choose boys over your friends, it’s never worth it.

  28. Go to class.

  29. College is so fun, but remember why you’re there: your degree.

  30. You might change your major a million times and trust me, that’s fine.

  31. You’re only in college for four years so make as many memories as you can.

  32. Make smart decisions, don’t let one night end up ruining your entire future.

  33. If you do mess up, it’s okay to ask and own up to your mistakes.

  34. You don’t need to do anything you don’t want to do.

  35. Save as much money as you can.

  36. But it’s okay to treat yourself to the occasional Starbucks drink on campus.

  37. You probably won’t become best friends with your roommate, but try to remain civil. It makes things 10x easier.

  38. Unlike high school, you’re not forced to be friends with people who don’t treat you right. Remember that.

  39. Your GPA isn’t everything. Work, extracurricular, and volunteer work matter.

  40. Enjoy it! These are the best four years of your life.

Robin K
FFL Contributor
Robin is a lover of Taylor Swift, Alabama football, Jesus, Chick-Fil-A sauce, and the GOP. She can be found flipping between ESPN, Fox News, and Bravo while tweeting endlessly.

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