April 22nd marked my last exam of my first year of university. I’d like to think my first year of “adulting” went well. I managed my time (I have yet to pull an all-nighter for school), gained a freshman 10 out of 15, and most importantly, met amazing friends.
Here, I will impart some wisdom:
1) The adjustment period is different for everyone.
Not gonna lie, my first month of university was tough. I focused so much on school that I ignored the social aspect of university. My residence had only single rooms with heavy-duty doors that stayed shut so it was difficult to meet people. I saw people finding their group of friends quickly while I was still settling for my old high school friends. I realized that I really needed girlfriends.
In high school, I had a large group of 20 girlfriends. Obviously I was closer to some more than others, but it was nice having that network. Eventually, I found my people.
By December, I got to the point where I was comfortable. I always had someone to go to the dining hall with and I knew I had options for potential roommates. The cool part about going to a small university like mine is that everyone somehow knows each other. It makes it easier to form friend groups and make plans. I know that university friends are the ones that will be sticking around for a long time.
2) Be bold.
Sit at the front of your 200 person lecture hall, ask questions, go to your profs’ office hours. Just cease all the opportunities you can. I regret not getting to know some of my professors better. These people will be your references for jobs and they can teach you some pretty cool stuff.
You can also be bold outside of the classroom setting. One of my fondest, but foggiest, memories was crowdsurfing at some random party. I got to check that off my bucket list! Some other memories include wearing my friend’s (who is 6ft7) Scooby Doo costume for Halloween, falling off the keg during a keg stand, and getting pushed around in a shopping cart in the hallways of my residence.
My quotes to live by were “do one thing a day that scares you” and “yes is more”.
3) Make time for yourself.
While it’s easy to get wrapped up in all the social parts of university. I believe that spending quality time with yourself is just as important. These breaks have helped me manage my stress. I think I watched more Netflix than I ever did in high school.
Here’s a list of shows that I’ve finished or kept up with:
- The Mindy Project
- Scream Queens
- MasterChef Jr.
- MTV’s Are You the One
- Dragon’s Den
- 13 Reasons Why
I absolutely loved my first year of university! It’s weird being back at home. First year is a unique experience because you’ll never live in a place (residence) with so many people your age. I’ll definitely miss it, but I’m thankful for the experiences and the people I met.