I remember the day I went to college and the day I was leaving my freshman year perfectly. On the way to the University of Dayton I was nervous, anxious, scared, and excited. Every highway exit crossed off of my map-quest directions was another exit closer to me being on my own. The mixture of everything I was feeling was something I have never experienced before. College would be the first time I would be away from home for longer than a week and I had no idea what to expect. As I drove past the Welcome to the University of Dayton sign, I never knew that from this moment on my life was going to change.
On the way home from college in May was also one of the hardest days of my life. I was leaving a 9 month period where I had some of the best times and met friends that I will have for the rest of my life. I have never experienced something so amazing and eye opening: I found my second home and I found myself.
With that being said, if there were 5 things I wish I knew as a freshman they would be as follows:
1) Much of your education will happen outside the classroom
Grades are important, but your GPA does not define you. Be creative, get out, meet people, discover your passions, and don’t be afraid to fail.
2) You don’t need to be best friends with your roommate
Don’t get me wrong – being friends with your roommate is nice. However, you do not need to spend every waking moment together. Best friends make the worst roommates.
3) Go out on a Tuesday night
Obviously if you have a big test on a Wednesday – DON’T go out. However, someday these days will just be memories – make sure they’re worth replaying.
4) Don’t pick a major because it will make you money
You might end up hating the next 60 years of your life. The saying stays true, “find a job you love and you won’t have to work a day in your life.”
5) Someday you will miss today
Don’t take any of these next four years for granted because it is true that these are the best four years of your life. You will meet some of the most important people and learn some of the most important lessons.
So it’s ok to be nervous, anxious, scared, and excited all at the same time. Just remember this is a part of life and we’re all along for the ride.
Today’s guest blog was from Natalie Kaufman. Natalie is a senior at the University of Dayton majoring in Marketing.