top of page

20 Things I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me in College

1.Be social!

Put yourself out there and make friends. The person next to you could be your maid of honor or your go to study partner! Think of it this way, you are surrounded by people that will someday be doctors, lawyers, newscasters and politicians, being social is a way to build a network.

2. Ask questions

Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you are confused, nobody is judging you, they are secretly thanking you. This will save you a lot of time guessing what you should do for an assignment when you could simply just ask!

3. You’re 20’s are a time for you to be selfish

This is the time in your life when you can and should put yourself first. Set boundaries with people and don’t apologize for anything that makes you feel happy.

4. Fake it till you make it!

Nobody really knows what is going on, all you need is some confidence and you can fool anyone into thinking you do, (even yourself).

5. It’s okay to take a break

Taking breaks are important; they allow room for you to be able to reset and focus better.

6. Call your mom

Life is too short to not call your mom. Keep her in the loop with your life. She is your number-one supporter and comforter!

7. Stay in touch with your high school friends

Going back home for holidays is a lot more fun when you have people to spend it with.

8. Always ask around before you sign a lease somewhere

Student housing can be a nightmare if you don’t do your research. Don’t get stuck in a year-long lease living in a nightmare, ask around. Chances are someone has lived there and can tell you whether it’s worth it or not.

9. Live in the dorm your freshman year

This is a great way to not only make friends but also to stay in the loop with what is going on around campus. Take advantage of being so close to your classes, it means more sleep and less time having to walk/drive to campus.

10. Ask for help when you need it

Nobody is going to just assume you need help, you have to ask for it. This could be the difference from your passing a class to failing a class.

11. Get a planner

College can be hard in the sense that you are juggling class meeting times, assignments deadlines, your social life, and maybe a job. A planner will help you visualize your day-to-day life.

12. Work hard, play harder

Work hard but don’t forget to take some time to play hard. I always say a good weekend bender will cure the un-motivation out of you!

13. Travel as much as you can

Being around so many young people, the odds of you finding a group of people that want to go to the same place as you are high. Get a group together and spilt an air b n b it’s cheaper than you think!

14. Being broke builds character

Being broke can be a real slap in the face or a good way to learn how to budget! Nobody is going to judge you for not having money in college, because everyone is pretty much broke.

15. Learn to love being alone

While being social is fun, being alone is better. Figure out who you are and what you want in life.

16. Take the risk

Don’t be afraid, you are young, now is the time to risk it all!

17. Keep on top of your degree planning

Make sure you are taking the classes you need and not the ones you want to take. Summer classes are also a good way of giving yourself some cushion to graduate on time.

18. Your past does not define you

You define who you are, not your past. You can make yourself into whatever you want to be. So what if you were messy 2 months ago, if you say you are a clean freak now, well then you are one!

19. Try new things.

College is all about experimenting and trying new things. You will never know what you like and don’t like if you don’t try it!

20. It’s not the end of the world.

If you are failing a class or getting a C in a class, it’s not the end of the world. Figure out all your options, chances are you will be able to work it out!


About The Author:

Audrey Kessler '22

Communication and Leadership

Entrepreneurial LeadHERship Student

161 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page