Thoughts From a College Senior
By Danica Tamura
As my last year of school (ever) starts, I can’t help but reflect on how quick these past four years have gone by and what I have learned within that time. I’ve gone through it all: bad roommates, weird professors, and nights that took a turn for the worse. But I wouldn’t change any of it - all these experiences have shaped me into who I am today.
For any readers who are still trying to navigate their way through college, I have gathered what I would say are my best and most realistic tips that will get you through your last stage before true ~adulthood~. Of course every school and every person is different, but these are good things to keep in mind. Read below for a quick guide to college!
8AM Classes Are Not Your Friend
You would think after going to school at 8am your whole life would prepare you for a measly 8am college course - but chances are you are wrong. Sorry, I don’t make the rules. But that is the beauty of making your own class schedule, maximize your day by scheduling classes around your most productive hours!
Friends Don’t Always Make Good Roommates
Have you ever seen that episode of Friends where Phoebe temporarily moves in with Monica and it drives her nuts? Yeah, that actually happens in real life too. Be picky when making friends and even pickier when choosing roommates. Even though you and a friend get along really well, your living styles could clash and may cause a rift in your friendship. To avoid this, really think about who you would coexist well with before signing your name on a lease!
I’m guilty of being one of those people that says abroad “changed them” but it’s true. If you have the opportunity and the means to spend a semester abroad I would wholeheartedly recommend it. You will probably never get another chance to pick up your life and move to a different country for a few months. When abroad, I feel that I gained a lot of life experience that I would not have gotten if I stayed at my school.
Start Internships Early
It is never too late to get a jumpstart on your career. It’s okay if you don’t know what you want to do, but getting real work experience through internships will show you what you do and don’t like within certain types of career paths and companies. Bolstering your resume from an early point in college will also help you land a job once you graduate!
Say “Yes” More
College is a great time to go out of your comfort zone and explore the things you like and don’t like. During this time you are presented with a plethora of opportunities to experience new things, you just need to take the initiative to do them. Sometimes the best experiences happen when you least expect it. So go to that party you’ve been thinking about or go to that club meeting that interested you. Just say yes.
College is a very transformative time for everyone as it shapes you for your next stage in life. Just remember to approach things with an open mind and heart. Oh, and don’t forget to call your parents, they probably miss you. Good luck, you got this!