Last night, I was trying to brainstorm ideas for a post and I thought of this. What would be my ten pieces of advice for someone going to college for the first time? I also didn't want it to be lame things like, oh make sure you study instead of going out! I wanted it to be realistic, and well, fun. So here we go, maybe my 10 pieces of good (or not so good) advice for women (mainly, suppose this could work for a guy too) going into college.
1: Take a Women's Studies class.
Why? Honestly, when I took my intro class, I took it for an easy A, and to get my GPA up. But, it ended up being so much more than that. I learned that being a feminist is not something that is scary, and that we should be educating people on what being a feminist is actually about (Equality for BOTH genders, incase you honestly did not know and think that feminists are just scary man-haters) I enjoyed learning about women in history and what problems people of all gender and race are facing today. It could be an eye opening course to somebody and I feel that it is something really important for any young woman to get educated on.
2: Pull an all-nighter with your friends.
I'm not talking about studying either. Hang out, party, snack, do whatever, until the sun comes up. Then of course, go out to breakfast afterwards. There has always been something about watching the sun rise after being up all night. Yeah, I know that no sleep isn't super healthy, but its fun to do it at least once to say you've done it.. and have a memorable night with your friends.
3: Join a club... without your friends.
Scary, I know. But, it's a great opportunity to find new friends you would have never thought of meeting that share the same interests as you. I joined the Ballroom Dance club for a hot second as a freshmen, and just the experience of trying it out was so much fun. I also joined one of my schools political clubs and got people to vote for the election! I met new people doing this and it's nice to catch up with them when you see them in the hall.
4: Take a fine arts class.
By this I mean is, take something like choir, theater, dance, and obviously, just a regular art class. Something you've always wanted to try but never got the opportunity. I've met so many girls that wanted to take ballet as a child but never got the chance til they got in college, and then they discovered they were great at it! You never know your hidden talents if you never pursue them. You might even find your calling just taking a photography class and discover that your major isn't what you wanted to do with life.
5: Go on an unplanned night out.
Plan where you're going as you get ready,and play it by ear as the night goes on. These nights are always the far most memorable I've had in college and whenever stuff is planned, it's never lives up to the unplanned nights I had.
6: Go to a campus event.
Back when I worked on campus, I used to be on top of all of these. Some of them were so much fun! We had a luau where we got to make sunglasses, eat free food, and get these cool cups. I'm all about free stuff, so campus events are good way to do this! You can make memories at these silly little things and think of it when you see that ridiculous beer stein you decorated!
7: Go somewhere thats not home.. or campus for the summer.
Campus is the same as my home town, so spending the summer at home is the same thing. However, I think for at least one summer, it's worth it to go live somewhere else. It could be with your grandparents, your aunt and uncle, some friends, or for a summer job. I obviously went the summer job and lived in that town for the summer, which was life changing. I made so many more life long friends by doing this and turns out, some of them go to my school!
8: Go to a real college party.
Go at least once! It's fun, and you can talk about it for years to come. Even if it's a bad experience, it's an experience every college student should have!
9: Go see one of your schools sports team play!
I hate sports, but going to live events is fun! Even though I usually have no idea what is going on during them, I think it's a great time to show your school spirit!
10: Challenge your self to do something out side of your comfort zone.
Does eating sushi sound like something terrible that you would never want to do? Does learning to play an instrument sound unbearable? Does going to that frat party just sound awful? Do it anyways! You never know what you might regret later on that you easily could have done when you were in school. You might find something that sounded scary, is actually super fun!
Well, thats all the great and questionable advice I have today! What is your advice to any incoming college student?