Howdy! I'm actually still in college. LOL. But I can definitely say the things I've learned so far.
  1. Without vision, you'll go NOWHERE.
    If you don't know why you're doing your major, why you're friends with the people you hang out with, then you won't make it. There is purpose out there!! Press in and find it and the ride won't be easier for you, but I PROMISE you'll have an unquenchable drive to succeed. My major is incredibly hard, and every time I think of quitting, I go back to my vision statement, and it makes it worth the struggle.
  2. You need to get plugged in somewhere.
    Being a floater might be your *aesthetic* (I was definitely like that coming into college), but we are creatures created for relationship. Even if it's just one person, fight for friendship and love. It's never going to be easy, but it makes life so much more fun and enjoyable. I found my people with a bible study, and they're amazing. They are WORTH my time! And I'm worth theirs!!
  3. Use your time wisely.
    I realized that I was wasting a lot of time on things I didn't love, then struggling with school, and not having time to sleep or do things I just like to do. If a show on Netflix is eating up your time and it's not even that great, STOP WATCHING IT. if you're wasting hours on vine for no reason, STOP! Go rock climbing, go paint something or watch a movie you love. Go study. Don't waste your time.. it's precious. On a similar note...
  4. Cultivate the things you love.
    If you love to paint, make sure you're spending HW time doing HW so that you can paint without feeling guilty for neglecting responsibilities. This goes with the list above. There really ARE enough hours in the day to do what you love. the thing is, we tend to waste our time on things that don't matter, then feel awful when the little time we have left is spent on responsibilities, and so we feel like we don't have any creative outlets. Pick up something fun. Mess up a lot. Practice. Cultivate!
  5. Don't forget to call your parents.
    They miss you. They raised you. They're worried, and even if you didn't have a great relationship growing up (I didn't have much of a relationship with my parents), it's honestly been an amazing journey of letting the past be the past and moving forward for the sake of love and restoration! Lay your pride aside!
  6. Sleep.
    Omg. I didn't sleep at all freshman year. It was awful. NOT WORTH IT.
    Don't let yourself be torn apart by dueling desires. Choose one to cling to because you can't be half of a person. Be whole, and make sure you're doing a lot of decision-making. I had to really decide whether being all-in with my pursuit of integrity was worth it because I felt like I had to be everything for everyone. Not true. I am me, and unapologetically, I'll stand for my beliefs and walk in wholeness! I feel complete, and honesty with yourself is important!
  8. Be positive.
    So many awful things happen, and I will never belittle any experience, but you'll rarely meet a person who takes the blows with grace. Don't complain about every little thing. Everyone is suffering. We need more hope in this world, and I've had SO many people tell me how refreshed they are with my attitude. I just know that, even if things suck temporarily, there's so much more to be thankful for, and I'd rather speak those things out. It's better for your soul and the souls of those around you.
  9. Have fun
    Life is short and college is even shorter!! I don't feel bad about making spontaneous decisions for the sake of fun. Obviously, don't neglect your responsibilities, but ONE homework assignment won't kill you if you and your roommates decide to drive 3 hours to the nearest beach to see the sunrise on a Tuesday morning. Enjoy your time. Tomorrow is always a fresh start.