If you know anything about me, you probably know that I lack a lot in the sentimental/ emotional aspect of life. I rarely cry, and when I do, its normally happy tears and a dog video is involved. So, when writing this blog, it’s unlikely that I will get chocked up, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not sad to be leaving the place I’ve called home the past four years.
Auburn University, what can I say, I owe all of my successes these past four years to you. You gave me my passion in life, and I will never be able to give to you what you have given to me. Looking back at these four years, a lot has changed. I’m such a better person because of this school, and little did freshman year me know what was in store.
From my senior self to my freshman self:
Good grades aren’t EVERYTHING (but they are important)
I, like many others before and after me, spent most of a first semester of freshman year stressing over my grades. I spent a lot more time in the library than out of it. #RBD4lyfe
My grades ended up being really good my first semester, but my social life was kinda nonexistent. Don’t get me wrong, I had a lot of friends, but I missed out on a lot of activities because I was always putting school first.
I believe that there is an even balance between the two. Good grades will get you into grad school, **SIDE NOTE: I’m going to grad school!! GO GATORS!!!** but going four years with little to no social interaction will be more likely to hold you back in life than a couple less than stellar grades on your report. Learn to budget your time between studying, socializing and sleep.
All-nighters weren’t a good idea in high school, and they’re an even WORSE idea in college
Save yourself a lot of trouble and just make getting a good night’s sleep a priority from the get-go. I’ve always been a night owl, and most of my best work is done late at night; however, college is a whole ‘nother level than high school. Trust me on this one; YOU NEED SLEEP!!! College classes move much faster than high school ones, so snoozing in class will put you very much behind.
Want to know the number of people I know who can be an actual functioning human after pulling an all-nighter? ZEROOOOOOO!!!! Don’t wait until the night before, or the day of like me and this blog post that is due by midnight tonight, to start studying for/doing your paper, project or exam.
Learn when enough is enough
This statement applies to many aspects of my freshman self: alcohol, junk food or Netflix binges- the list can go on for miles. Won’t go into great detail here, but just know when to call it quits!!
Please take advantage of the nation’s top recreation and wellness center
Not going to lie, gymtimidation is a major thing I suffer from. I hate going solely for the reason that I think people are constantly looking at me as if I’m doing something wrong. Well, that isn’t the case. The rec is one of the greatest things on campus, and who wants to gain the freshman 15????
This gets me to my next point…
AVOID the freshman 15
Freshman 15?? More like freshman 30!!! Going from constantly having soccer practice every day of the year to not having to go to any practices was a major wake up call for me. Don’t get me wrong, I was no stick in high school, but I was in shape…
Boy did college change all of that. With that being said, feel free to TREAT YO SELF, but not to every good test or bad week you have. Both happened quite frequently to me, and my “treat yo self” moments added up to be higher than my calculus grade.
DON’T be afraid to ask for help
This one goes out to my mother!! She was constantly nagging me freshman year to go ask my professors for help. Hate to admit it, but she was right all along. If you know anything about me, you know that I’m a VERY stubborn and strong-willed person. I hate asking for help from other people, whether it be friends or professors. I finally realized that most professors LOVE to help their students and want to see them succeed. Take advantage of office hours if you’re struggling. I promise it will benefit you in the long run.
Freshman year, I wasn’t involved in much. I was too scared as a pre-pharm student that getting involved would take away from me making good grades. All I have to say is that getting involved at Auburn was the best thing that has ever happened to me. If I would have realized that being an Athletic Recruiter would completely change my life, I would have joined S.O.A.R. freshman year. You come to college to get an education, but college is SOOOO much more than that. You go to college not only to prepare yourself for the rest of your life, but also to make you a well-rounded person.
***Don’t get involved so much to where you aren’t having a healthy balance of good grades and involvement!!***
It’s okay to change majors, even more than once
Coming to college, I knew exactly what I thought I wanted to be… a pharmacist. Well, have you ever met a pharmacist? If you have, you know that my personality is not meant to be behind a counter. I am a loud and proud person, and for me to thrive in life, my personality needs to show.
It might seem like everyone else has their life plan mapped out for the rest of their life, but it’s totally fine to not know what you’re going to have for dinner tonight. Let go and trust God to lead you to where you’re meant to be. Who knew that changing majors four times and traveling to ATL to get aptitude testing done would lead me to public relations. But guess what? I changed majors four times, and I am still graduating on time!!!
I only figured out what I wanted to do the rest of my life my second semester of junior year. I had five semesters go by before I realized what my true passion in life was. Take your time deciding, because if you’re not happy with your choice in college, then you won’t be happy in the “real world.”
Last but not least, GO TO ALL FOOTBALL GAMES (HOME AND AWAY)
This one is very self-explanatory, so I promise to wrap this post up. Going to home and away games these past four years, gave me some of the BEST memories and even GREATER friends!! I mean you do attend an SEC school after all, so not going to football games is like not liking the taste of water: RIDICULOUS!!