5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Going To College

As another school year rolls around (this one might be the craziest one yet), I took some time to think about what all I have learned so far. When I started this blog, I wanted to help girls not have to figure everything out the hard way.

Although I have loved my college experience so far, there are a couple of things I wish I knew before going to college that would have made my life a lot easier:

1. It's okay to say no.

You are going to have more opportunities than ever before. Take advantage of every one that you can. Try new things. Meet new people. BUT, just because there are so many things to do, that doesn't mean you HAVE to do them all.

Yes, I encourage you to join clubs, network, go out and have fun, and never turn down a wine night with your girls, but you also don't need to feel obligated to do anything. College is when you finally have the freedom to do what you want to do. Start being a little selfish with your time. Save some for it yourself too.

2. Be ready for everything to be challenged.

Every opinion, belief, and moral you have will be questioned and challenged. For me, this has been both good and bad. Growing up in a small town with only 2,500 people in it didn't teach me much about other people and their backgrounds. I have learned so much after going to one of the most diverse schools in the country.

On the other hand, so much diversity has been challenging at times. Not everyone around me believes in God. Waking up on Sundays to go to church, spending time reading your Bible, and making decisions based on your beliefs are all really weird to a lot of people at bigger colleges, and sometimes they aren't afraid to tell ya that.

Be willing to learn and grow, but remember to always stay true to yourself.

3. Quality over quantity.

Real, quality friends are more important than the number of friends you have. Spend your time creating true friendships instead of trying to be friends with everyone. You aren't going to be friends with everyone, and if you are, then you probably are just being a people pleaser. Find your people.

4. You’re never too good for your hometown.

Sometimes a weekend back at home can fix all your problems.

5. There will always be someone smarter, prettier, wealthier, and funnier than you. Learn to appreciate who YOU are, and focus on that. :)

I think we all can agree this school year is going to be unlike any other. College is hard enough for people, now throw crazy COVID into the mix! Say a little prayer for the people going off to their first year of college, and send them this article if you think they could use it ❤️