Looking Back on Freshman Year: Advice I WIsh I'd Had [Part 1]


As I sit on my couch and look forward to the next semester, I look back to the last year and see the situation I was in. Last year at this time, I had just finished my first semester in college, working and newly in a sorority. Life was going by fast and I was so confused. Looking back, I wish there were a few things that someone would have told me before college. 

Changing your major is OKAY! I started out in Architecture and then switched from History/Anthropology. I had the hardest time deciding to switch because going into college I thought I had a plan, but once I got there it wasn't at all what I wanted it to be. In high school I jumped from one activity to another and interest to interest. I had a plan, and that's the way that I wanted it to go. I hated the courses I had to take and fell in love with the ones that I didn't have to take (i.e. my History and Anthropology classes).  I talked to friends, family and my boyfriend, went to my advisor and career services. I was/am SO much happier in my new majors/minors than I would have been staying in architecture, something I fell out of love quickly

[this completely describes freshman year, first semester me. I brought my Architecture homework to a friends get-together]

You don't have to reinvent yourself, but if you do it will not happen over night. When I went to college, I rushed a sorority to meet new friends and forget my faults to have fun and be outgoing and confident. If I tried hard enough, I could become anyone I wanted to be. But that didn't happen instead what did happen was over time (read: my entire freshman year). After the first few months, I got used to being around my sorority sisters and finally made real, honest relationships with them. Although it was hard for me to open up, I eventually did. I did become the outgoing, fun and confident person that I wanted to but it just took time. 

[I joined a sorority with my best friend since fourth grade; best decision I've ever made]

You will get homesick. I live in the same city that I grew up in (except on the opposite side of town now) and I go to college in the same town. During the summer, I was so ready and so prepared to go to college. My friends are a year ahead of me in school and they had just finished up their freshman year. I wanted SO bad to be with them and I didn't worry about leaving home. I missed home so badly on the first few weekends away that I went home every few weekends. I missed everything about home (stability, family, home cooked meals, etc.). I soon realized that I was very lucky to still live in the saem town as my parents and could go home whenever.

[my entire family (yes even my divorced parents)]

4 comments

  1. what a nice post!! =) A couple of years ago I was an exchange student in the us then when I came back to Italy I wanted SO SO BAD to go to college there! This post makes me miss it even more!! lucky u =)

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  2. Nicole erlandsonJuly 11, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    I live at home but I know I miss my bed in the mornings lol. I take a majority of my classes online at home so I feel less home sick. However, because of school, I do miss other family. School prevents me from seeing them as often as I use to and because of this I often feel home school :/ I too switch majors but at first I didn't want to! I told myself before ".. I am not going to change my major..." then I did. It was for the best. My major was Biology (wanting to become a doctor) but then things change and I decided to switch to my schools Pre Physician Assistant program. It wasn't that big of change, ha. Good luck with yout studies!

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  4. I've contemplated taking online classes but our campus is too beautiful for me to stay at home! Good luck with your studies as well!

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