Hey, Guys! This week’s blog is dedicated to all you high school seniors out there trying to find that perfect college. Judson may be the place for you, maybe not, but take what you read here today to heart. Here’s a list of things that I have learned over the past three years of college, some dealing with school, some with life, and some are just personal. This list will help guide you through freshman year & if I knew some of these things 3 years ago… that would have been nice!
Do NOT procrastinate.
Pulling an all-night study session before a major exam will only leave you exhausted the next day. Study ahead of time. Get up, get dressed, get breakfast, and go take your exam with confidence. Also, find a way of studying that is best for you… go to the library, make notecards, read out loud, write it out…. Whatever it is, do it your way!
Join Clubs, Organizations, etc.
Freshman year I thought playing softball was enough! There is so much more to get involved in. This year I am a L.A.M.P, a member of tri-beta, a student Blogger, and a softball player! There is so much to do and so many people to meet and get involved with. (Plus, this is the fun stuff that keeps you from being homesick)
Don’t Fret the Small Stuff!
Yes, things will go wrong. You’ll get a bad grade, you’ll break things (for example your phone… True Story!), you’ll make mistakes, but that’s more than normal. Having a bad day happens sometimes; don’t let it get to you. Fix the problem and move on!
College is a lot of studying and classes, but it’s the time in your life where you begin to grow into who you want to be. Try new things. Re-invent yourself (every other week if you want!) until you find one that fits. Have fun & make memories.
Tell People How You Feel!
If something is bothering you with a friend or especially if it’s a roommate, you have to be vocal. Housing in these feelings will only breed anger. Casually and calmly let them know that their dirty clothes on the floor are in your way…. Etc.
Don’t Forget Where You Came From.
Call Mom or Dad at least every other day. They want to hear how it’s going! This is not just a big step for you, but it’s a big step for them as well. It’s ok to encourage them to send packages or mail. Getting mail is one of the little things that brighten my day, so, Mom, when you read this…. Send Mail Please! =)
Ok, so I bet you’ve all heard about the freshman 15! Well it’s not 100% true. I didn’t gain weight when I came to college. Playing softball kept me active and healthy. Find a workout buddy. Don’t eat fries and ice-cream every day! Stay Active. It’s no fun being a lazy couch potato all the time anyway!
Be yourself. Be Happy & Find the college that’s right for you!
I didn’t tour other colleges. I got accepted to UAB, University of Alabama, Troy, & Judson! I toured Judson first and fell in love. I could see myself here. It fit like a missing puzzle piece. I hope Judson is right for some of you! College will change your life, so let it. =)
I hope this helps you with those “jitters” about starting off in some place new. You’ll make it, I promise! It’s an exciting experience. The sisters and friends you make at Judson will be here for you no matter what! Some stick with you for life!
-Samantha Jo =)