1. It's Okay to Make Mistakes.
2. Always Drink Water.
This seems pretty self-explanatory, but I simply can't stress this enough. When you get to college, you will (most likely) try drinking alcohol. This is completely normal, and you should not feel completely guilty about this.
But, in order to save yourself from the hangover the next day, drink some water before you go to bed. If you are not coherent enough to do so, make sure your friends force you to drink water before you go to bed.
Also, just drink more water in general. College is a stressful time, and the more water you drink, the healthier you'll feel, and the better your body will work with you in times of intense stress. Just keep yourself hydrated in all scenarios.
3. Things Will Never Go Exactly According to Plan.
When you enter college as an optimistic Freshman, you have all these plans for how your life is going to pan out. You are going to be a Pre-Med major, then you're going to Med School, and you will become a world-famous Neurosurgeon.
This might be the case for you, and you very well might turn out to be a fantastic Neurosurgeon. But, that is not to say that there won't be some speed bumps in the way of you achieving that dream.
You might go into college thinking you will stay with your high school boyfriend/girlfriend and that you'll get married after you both graduate college. For some, this is the case. For most, they realize that the people you were in high school are very different than the people you are now, and you are ultimately not compatible anymore.
No matter what your plan is, there will always be some kinks. This is completely normal. No one's plans ever go perfectly (and if they do, don't be convinced they're not robots). Always remain flexible, and just because there are obstacles in your way, this does not mean you won't achieve your goals. These obstacles will only inspire you to work harder.
4. The People You Meet Here Will Change You.
5. You Will Change Drastically, and That's Okay.
You might be coming into college thinking you've got yourself all figured out. Let me tell you right now: YOU. ARE. WRONG.
The next four years of your life will be some of the most trying and fun of your life. You will encounter things that you have never encountered before, and this will change you. At first, the changes might seem fairly minute. But when you get to be 22, and you're looking back at 18-year-old you, you will quickly realize that you are nowhere near the same person you used to be.
Guess what? That's perfectly okay. Just because you've changed does not mean you have somehow abandoned your morals, it just means that you are now wiser and have seen more of the world than you possibly could have in high school. Change is good. Embrace the new you, and this change will not seem as overwhelming as it may feel.
6. Experiment and Try Something New.
7. Do Your Work.
I can't stress this one enough. Do your goddamn work. Seriously. I know I just said to try new things, but don't let that trying new things get in the way of what you came to college to do--learn!
If you do your work and give 100% in your classes, you will really feel like you've become a new person who can effectively contribute to society after you leave. You will develop skills that you've never dreamed of. But, that will only happen if you apply yourself.
If you don't do your work, you might not even have the chance to stay in college, and then you will learn nothing in terms of academics.
Also, a lot of times, your professors will become prominent connections you will have to your field of study. If they see you don't do your work, what kind of recommendation letter do you think they'll write for you, if they even choose to write one at all?
Don't procrastinate, either. College is a stressful enough time, you don't need to be staying up all night to do the project that you've known about all semester. College isn't high school--if you turn in work you did the night before, your professors will know, and your grades will reflect your lack of effort.
You will get out of college what you put into it. If you put in minimal effort, you will not receive the education that you (or your parents) are paying an arm and a leg for--the education you need to be more marketable in the workforce.