100 Wise Words To Seniors Leaving For College
A few things you won't find in your freshman handbook...
1. There is only one reason for a person to call after 2AM.
2. Never skip a class two days in a row, that's all it takes.
3. Go on spring break. Convince your mom you aren't going to die, tell you're dad there will be a chaperon and go.
4. It's time to start figuring out what you believe in and what you don't. You're allowed to form your own opinions.
5. Put in an effort to make it to every home football game; you only get 4 years to experience the student section, after that you're just a regular old fan.
6. You're gonna cry, especially in the beginning. It never gets easier, you'll just get tougher.
7. Respect every single policeman you encounter; they're just waiting to take you to jail.
8. Just because there isn't anyone there to tell you no, doesn't mean you should do it.
9. Work hard at making friends out of your roommates, there's nothing worse than living with an enemy.
10. It's always better to sleep a few hours and blow off a chapter then pull an all-nighter and be brain dead when you take the test.
11. Never tweet about your 4.0. Your mom cares but we don't.
12. Keep some cash around for parking violations, after the 3rd one it's best to not even mention it to your parents.
13. Expect the walk to class to be a haul. Prepare accordingly.
14. Keep a picture of your family in your room.
15. Most people will not stay in touch, if you truly care to keep someone around, make an effort.
16. Greek life is great, but it isn't everything. Don't let it define the next 4 years.
17. Stop finding the short cuts. The stuff that got you A's in high school will get you kicked out in college.
18. Text books are perversely expensive and you won't need every single one on the syllabus. Save when you can, buy when you must.
19. When you run into an awkward hook-up: smile, say hello first and keep walking.
20. Sit in the front, introduce yourself, go in at office hours. When you need a point or two added at the end of the semester, you'll be really glad you did.
21. Everyone else seems like they're having way more fun than you at their colleges. This usually isn't the case, it just seems that way on Instagram.
22. You're absolutely going to gain some weight. Dorm food, cheap liquor and 12 hour Netflix binges have a tendency to do that, don't be surprised.
23. A few things in life need more than just a text message to be fixed.
24. You will meet people 3 or 4 times before you start acknowledging that you know each other. Just be polite and pretend it's the first time, they'll do the same.
25. Find someone to cut your hair in your college town, sometimes it just can't wait for the next trip home.
26. It's perfectly okay to change your major or even your university. You made all these decisions when you were 17, nobody expected you to get it perfectly right.
27. When an event comes up that you aren't sure if you want to go, get an outfit, find a date, arrange your schedule as if you knew you were going. It's much easier to drop plans than it is to make them in 3 hours.
28. Buy a good coat.
29. Smell every single water bottle in the fridge before you start chugging it. It may be $7 tequila, you never know.
30. Some of your high school friends really were terrible, it just took some distance to make this clear.
31. Tell everyone on campus who helps you out, be it the bus driver, the cafeteria lady, the maintenance man, tell them all thank you. They work really, really hard to make everything easier for you.
32. Visit other colleges. Make a fool of yourself, use a fake name, take a bunch of pictures, then go back to your school and laugh about it.
33. Always hold the door open.
34. Don't pose with booze. Everyone knows your drinking, it's college.
35. Taco Bell.
36. You're going to get a nickname, don't fight it.
37. Some people will find boyfriends/girlfriends. If you are not one of them, don't panic, you have many years ahead.
38. Have your friend change the names of contacts you don't want to text and delete Twitter and Snapchat if you anticipate getting blackout drunk. Nothing worse than a mass "disregard all that, I was drunk" next morning text.
39. Use protection.
40. Don't ever be ashamed to be proud of where you are from.
41. Pick up a hobby. Netflix, Pinterest, and anything on an Xbox doesn't count.
42. Don't make unnecessary enemies; you never know when you'll need someone on your side.
43. Know how to properly ignore the people handing out flyers. A fake phone call usually does the trick.
44. Stop bragging about things you did in high school.
45. You will learn to appreciate your parents in ways you couldn't even comprehend before college. Be nice these last few months, everything is about to change.
46. Try your best to go home for your mom and dad's birthdays.
47. Just because they made out with you doesn't mean they want to date you. Learn to let a few of those go.
48. Don't get a false sense of security on campus at night, bad things can still happen.
49. Don't be the reason your group does poorly on a project. Pull your weight plus a little extra.
50. Turn your cell phone on silent before every class.
51. Sometimes it's better to just not go than to be 45 minutes late.
52. Carry headphones, a pack of gum and some change with you at all times.
53. Start behaving like an adult. This means making your own appointments, taking yourself to the doctor, emailing people in a professional manner, it takes practice so start now.
54. If you can't find it at Walmart, you probably don't need it.
55. Social cues are so important. Learn when to shut up.
56. Offer help when someone needs it, they will return the favor.
57. "Easy A" classes are rarely easy a's due to the fact that curriculums are constantly changing. A safer bet is to take a class you are interested in, if it's easy.. great. If it's hard.. at least you'll enjoy it.
58. Look people in the eye and shake their hand. You're too old for the awkward-wave-look-down-at-your-shoes thing.
59. A college education is the utmost privilege a person can receive. Try to not complain about an 8am class or a 10-page paper; millions of kids would literally kill to be where you're at. You are incredibly fortunate.
60. Be prepared to break a few iPhones. By a few, I mean at least 7 in your first year.
61. Forgive yourself. Forgive yourself. Forgive yourself.
62. Learn how to introduce two people to one another. Learn how to introduce yourself when someone fails to do it for you.
63. When it's time (or a few weeks past time) to clean your room, just get it over with.
64. You're allowed to eat something other than Ramen noodles, I swear.
65. Take pictures of everything.
66. When you get in trouble and have to call your parents, be brave and remember they were kids too. No matter how mad they get, they want to help.
67. It's okay to fail a test, just let go of your pride and seek help.
68. Drink coffee.
69. Nobody likes the kid who argues with the teacher. We don't think you're smart, we think you're an asshole. Talk after class.
70. Look presentable every once in a while, notice a difference in the way it makes you feel.
71. The health clinics on campus are mediocre at best. If you are actually sick, go to a doctor first.
72. Make at least one friend that you can truly count on.
73. Have a go-to outfit that you can throw on in 5 minutes. Don't let something as silly as clothes keep you from making memories.
74. It's not if someone will spill a drink on you that night, it's when. Don't wear your best clothes to a drunken party.
75. Keep up with your room key. They're expensive when you lose them and don't you think you're already paying enough?
76. Make sure you always have clean underwear. This means doing your laundry at normal intervals.
77. Carry an umbrella if you even THINK it's going to rain.
78. Find a good academic advisor and stick with them. They're the only ones who truly understand the system and can give you answers.
79. When you really need to go home, go home. There will be another white trash bash next semester.
80. You have time for a quick shower.
81. Not all fraternity guys are bad, not all fraternity guys are good. Stereotypes are typically wrong.
82. Call your grandparents.
83. Be kind always. Everyone is fighting some kind of battle. Also, people are just plain crazy.
84. Never decline an invitation to a day party. There's only so many years in one's life where being drunk at noon is acceptable.
85. You represent every organization you join. If you don't want people speaking badly about something you're a part of, act accordingly.
86. Keep your phone charged.
87. People are going to be better than you, smarter than you, faster than you, funnier than you, and better looking than you. Work harder.
88. They may not say it, but your siblings at home really miss you.
89. It's okay to get lost on campus. We've all been there.
90. Don't wait for the other person to make the first move because you will be waiting forever.
91. Know the words to your fight song.
92. Halloween costumes can go from flirty and funny to trashy and offensive very, very quickly. Understand this.
93. Even if you don't think you're going to run into anyone you know, you will.
94. Figure out every restaurant and store that is open 24 hours. You are going to need more things at 2am than you ever dreamed possible.
95. Very few people get the chance to rewrite a first impression, keep this in mind at all times. You'll spend your whole first year meeting people for the first time.
96. When it comes to presenting in front of the class, volunteer to go first. Always.
97. Acting like you "don't care" isn't cool anymore, start giving a shit.
98. Make goals for the day, week, month, year, and entire college career. It'll help when you get lost along the way.
99. Stay out of jail. Don't drink and drive. Don't sell drugs out of your dorm room.
100. Just go ahead and order the pizza. You deserve it.