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Dear (nervous yet excited) Freshman self,
Congratulations on graduating High School! Now, wipe away those tears and get ready for an even crazier ride. I know college may seem scary, but trust me when I say it’ll be alright. You’ll make so many new friends, meet people from all over the world, and discover more about yourself that you never knew.
You’ve probably decided you’ll want to major in Business, but spoiler alert: you switch to Architecture for a year, and then switch to Physiology to become a doctor. Point is - don’t fret about what you want to do; college is a learning experience about understanding and realizing what it is that you want to do with your future. Don’t worry about what mom says - she’ll throw all these “Why don’t you do this, become a PA, or go into nursing school. Why can’t you be like so-and-so?” Just ignore her. She means well, but you should do what you want to do. You’ll figure it out eventually, but for now focus on school and getting good grades. If you get lost along the way, your academic advisors will always be there to help you pave a path that fits you.
While you may take a bit of time figuring out your major, don’t take TOO long. Mom and Dad can only support you for so long before they have to cut the cord. Stay on track, gosh darnit! Speaking of classes, make best friends in your classes. I mean, you’re pretty social so I have no doubts that it will happen. Your friends you make in classes will literally save your butt. You tend to forget some minor details that make all the difference between an A and a B on your assignments. Also, you tend to throw things away from classes without second thought : STOP DOING THAT. You need to save your syllabus from each class and this will. Save. Your. Life. You used to throw this away in high school. Don’t make this mistake in college - it’s got all the deadlines, assignments, and outlines of what will literally be on the exams.
While you didn’t stay in the dorms, it did save you quite a bit of money with you taking out those loans. But if you decide you want to stay in the dorms now that you know this knowledge, just know that the roommate issue is not a big deal on campus. U of A rarely has any roommate issues, and the pair-up (whether random or intentional), the results are usually positive. But, if you decide to stick with commuting from home, make sure you buy that parking pass on time or you’ll be stuck with the bus!
Knowing you, you really like to procrastinate and stick with just memorizing facts. This isn’t high school anymore - college exams will consist more of just regurgitation. It’s a higher level of thinking with these exams. So yes, definitely memorize the facts but don’t stop there - test yourself and understand the relationships between the things you’re studying so that you can kick butt on these exams. If you don’t know where to start, don’t be afraid to ask your professors for practice exams. Sometimes they’ll be happy to give them to you, or at least tell you where to go to get some ideas on testing yourself on the material.
Think Tank is a HUGE HUGE resource that you definitely need to take. Knowing you, you’re pretty stubborn with that and that’s a big mistake. You’ll realize that real quick with calculus because it’s a toughie. Leave your ego at the door and don’t be afraid to ask for help - i mean, you’re paying for it anyway with your tuition so might as well ask for help.
Oh, and watch out for the library - it gets super crowded so have a plan B. Need coffee? Hope you like long lines. Plan ahead too (be patient though, the mobile app on starbucks will soon have a feature where you order and just pick it up with no line stress. YAS!) Those starbucks lines are super crazy. Chick-fil-a breakfast is bae, and promise you’ll join a gym and do crossfit. You’ll find that fitness will help out your stress. Don’t binge eat mmkay? <3