ADVICE I WISH I'D HAD BEFORE I HEADED OFF TO COLLEGE (for my Tulane-bound niece @rebeccaja)

  1. I wish I'd known that nothing I was feeling was permanent. All my feelings were sooooo big. So if you're feeling lonely or overwhelmed or afraid, just remember "this too shall pass"!
  2. I'd tell myself not to try so hard to be what other people wanted in order to have friends. You find your people, the right people soon enough.
  3. "Comparison is the thief of joy." Comparing your accomplishments to those of others is futile!
    Suggested by   @kate81
  4. Talk to strangers. Join a bunch of clubs or at least go to the initial meeting for a bunch. It's how you meet people.
    Suggested by   @justjills
  5. Leave your dorm room door open when you're just hanging out. People will stop by to chat.
    Suggested by   @justjills
  6. Everyone wants you to succeed. You'll never have more opportunities or open doors or help than you do right now. Take advantage of that. Don't try to do everything by yourself. Go to a tutor or professor the FIRST time you don't understand. Have someone proofread your writing even if you know it's great.
    Don't turn down great offers because of the money. Decide what you want, and the money can be worked out.
    Suggested by   @jennifergster
  7. Study abroad
    Even if you're not planning on taking any languages, even if you are pre-med and feel like you can't because of it, even if you think it'll be too expensive, even if you've visited Europe or South America or Asia etc before. Go. Make it work. Living somewhere else and easing into a daily rhythm in a different country, even for 3 months, is a world of difference from visiting that place for vacation.
    Suggested by   @shash
  8. Study hard and take it seriously (it is, after all, EXPENSIVE!) but have fun too, because you will look back on those years as some of your best♥️
    Suggested by   @cvlop61
  9. Ask for help. Ask for it when you need it, when you feel scared, when you suspect you need it. Your college has resources to help you. Use the counseling center when you get stuck or get overwhelmed. It's part of taking care of yourself. Toughing it out doesn't teach you more it wears you down.
    Suggested by   @1derpuppy
  10. I'm too lazy to rewrite it. : )
    Suggested by   @amieshmamie
  11. Even if you don't make friends within the first weeks/month, don't get discouraged. Good friends take a little time to come into your life but are worth it once they've arrived.
    Suggested by   @sarahmccoy
  12. Take advantage of office hours!
    Talk to your professors, most of them love visitors during office hours and enjoy talking about things other than class.
    Suggested by   @sarahmccoy
  13. Sit in front of the classes that apply to your major/minor. You will build on that info all four years so you need to absorb it.
    Suggested by   @Boogie
  14. Be a clean roommate. If you aren't getting along with your roommate, stay out of the dorm as much as you can. Happy roommates are the ones who miss each other.
    Suggested by   @Boogie
  15. Drink water between every underage alcoholic drink. Never leave alone when you are out with a group of girlfriends. Buddy system.
    Older guys who are asking out freshman are usually the guys no one his age wants to date.
    Suggested by   @Boogie
  16. Schedule classes so you can attend. I had an 8am class I missed so often because my college years were all about sleep. There is no reason not to start the school day at 10am.
    Also, don't sleep with your RA. Just advice from a hypothetical person who lived in a co-ed dorm.
    Suggested by   @Boogie
  17. You usually get a discount on school swag, so before you buy a hoodie and hat with your school's name on it, ask when they do the price cut days
    Suggested by   @Boogie
  18. Even if there's time for 'romance' and relationships, don't lose focus for what's MOST important-getting an education.
    Maybe college students these days don't let themselves get sidelined by love but I'll bet it happens often enough. Visualize the future you want and don't let anything or anyone be a derailer. Good luck!! 🍀
    Suggested by   @angela3950