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T.T.F.N.

Well, here I am, sitting on my couch trying to wrap my head around the fact that in a little less than a week my college career comes to an end.

Over the past year, I have gone through a rollercoaster of emotions knowing that this day was quickly approaching; happy to be finally done after five years, sad and scared to say goodbye to the life I’ve known for those five years, stressed and nervous because I still don’t really know what I’m doing after graduation, and so much more.

Lately, I’ve found myself reflecting a lot on my experiences over the past five years. During this reflection I’ve come to the realization that college isn’t just about the academics and the degree. Sure, it’s a HUGE and important part, but it’s definitely not the only part. 

College for me has been about the friends I’ve made and will keep close for the rest of my life, going through three majors, some stupid choices I’ve made and learned from along the way, pulling all-nighters to finish a paper I should’ve started a week (or more) earlier, playing music at open mic (sometimes very poorly), falling in love, playing intramural frisbee (also sometimes very poorly), going through breakups, passing some classes and failing others, and so much more!

Between the good and the bad, I wouldn’t trade a single experience over the past five years for the world. They all have shaped me into the person that I am today, and I’m more than okay with that.

So, I’ve been trying to figure out how to wrap up my writings to you all, and have finally come to this conclusion to leave you with this:

The top 5 things I wish I knew going into college:

1. You’re going to fail and that’s okay.

It may not be a class or even academic related, but there’s going to be something during your college career that you’re going to fail at. The important thing to know is that there’s nothing wrong with that, and that it happens to everyone. It’s only a true failure if you don’t learn/grow from it.

2. Don’t be afraid to try something new.

College is a time to re-invent yourself if you want to. Don’t be afraid to branch out and try new things. Whether it’s trying a class in a subject you’ve never taken before, or starting a conversation with someone you wouldn’t normally talk to, don’t be afraid to just go for it.

3. It’s okay to ask for help.

If you’re anything like me, it is extremely hard to ask for help sometimes. Between struggling in class or something in your personal life, there is someone in your campus community who can help you. If you need help, get help. Everyone struggles with something. You’re never alone.

4. 8 a.m. is a lot earlier than you think it is.

The first time I signed up for college classes I thought “hey, I used to wake up at like 6 a.m. for high school, 8 a.m. will be no problem!” I was so so sooooo wrong! If you aren’t a morning person, avoid 8 a.m. classes if possible.

5. It’s okay to not know what you want to do with your life.

I’m graduating in a week and I still don’t have a set-in-stone idea of what I want to do with my life. Sure, I’m more certain than as an incoming student, but there’s still a lot of variables. So, if you don’t know what you want to do yet, don’t worry. You have plenty of time to figure it out.

I could keep going with things I wish I knew before starting college, but then this post would go on forever.

Lastly…

I just want to thank you all for following along with my “Fill in the _____.” posts. It has been a great experience writing for you all, and I hope you’ve found some useful information on this blog.

This may be goodbye from me, but it certainly isn’t the end of “Fill in the _____.” Keep checking in for updates on the blog in the coming weeks!

T.T.F.N.