Hello everyone, today I have the 5th post in my Back to College series. This post is a list of 10 of my regrets from freshman year.
Disclaimer: I am a firm believer in living a life with no regrets. However, there are a few things that would have made my year so much easier. I am choosing to make this post, not to relive mistakes, but in hopes of ensuring the best possible year for you.
So let’s get into it.
1.) Being afraid to do things alone.
In my post yesterday, I recommended that you invite people to do normally solitary activities with you. While this can be a great way to make friends, it can sometimes force you to lose some much-needed alone time.
When you are living with other people, it is important to give yourself some time to be alone. This helps you to relax and focus on what you need, rather than impressing others.
Which leads me to
2.) Not taking more mental health days.
Anyone who knows me knows how much I value my mental health. Throughout high school, I took many days to just simply relax and unwind with some Netflix and ice cream. This helped me relax and destress. Unfortunately, during college, I was often too busy to take a day (or even a few hours) to myself.
When I did take a day to myself here is what I included:
- Face masks- helping my skin to detox while forcing my to stay in one place for 20-30 minutes.
- Tea- there is nothing better than a cup of warm tea when you need to calm down. I recommend peppermint tea to relax because it soothes the mind while debloating your body. You can also try chamomile if you’re going to sleep right after you relax.
- Netflix- watching my favorite shows helps me focus my attention on something other than my life. I personally love Criminal Minds (it’s my fave).
- Snacks- when I am relaxing, I like to keep it healthy. Binge eating chocolate never makes me feel better so I try to stick with carrots, string cheese or granola bars.
3.) Not taking more pictures.
One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to take more pictures and boy am I failing. While I do have quite a few pictures from my freshman year, there are so many memories that I wish I had taken pictures of.
Even if you feel ridiculous taking pictures all the time, by the end of the year, you will be incredibly thankful that you did.
4.) Buying textbooks before finding out I would never use it.
Let’s be real college is hella expensive and a big part of that cost is the textbooks. Aside from the fact that it is so annoying to bring a massive book to class, they are rarely helpful to begin with.
My recommendation is to wait until you KNOW you need the book to either buy or rent it. Because usually, you won’t need the book.
5.) Not being more open to new experiences.
I pride myself on being incredibly open-minded, but this year, I found myself being a bit too shy to actually go out and try new things. There were so many times that people would invite me to do something but I was too afraid to put myself out there and go do them.
Don’t make that mistake. Go do things (and take pictures).
6.) Not utilizing my professors’ office hours.
Every single professor that I had held office hours where you could go to ask questions and get extra help on the material.
I wish I had taken the time to go in and ask all of my questions. Some of my professors even allowed us to go over old midterms and tests with them! This would have helped me so much when it came time for finals.
7.) Taking grades too seriously.
Of course you’re in college to learn and grades ARE super important but, they are not everything. Employers and grad schools will look at a lot more than your GPA. Throughout the first semester especially, I spent WAY too much time studying and working on projects instead of taking the time to hang out with friends.
There is a way to balance both and it took me the whole year to really balance it out right (still working tho).
8.) Not getting enough sleep.
Y’ALL. SLEEP. IS. IMPORTANT.
There is no need to wake up early on the weekends just because. Give yourself the chance to sleep in and for the love of God, go to bed early when you can.
Believe me, I understand that there are days that require late nights, but sometimes, it is important to take the time to go to bed. No matter what you are doing, taking care of yourself is more important.
9.) Not utilizing my academic advisor.
DUDES. Use them.
At the beginning of the year, you will get to know your Academic Advisor who can help you plan out all of your classes for the rest of your college life.
This would have helped me so much when it came to picking classes because I wouldn’t have needed to spend so much time planning things out on my own.
10.) Not taking advantage of the events on campus.
At Chapman, we are constantly hosting concerts, festivals and other fun events. Y’all the FOMO is real. I wish I had gone to more of the on-campus events even just for the free food and merchandise. SO many of my friends went to these events and had a blast! I really wish I had gone with.
That concludes my fifth post in my Back to College series. I hope this helped you learn what NOT to do.
What are your freshman regrets? Share them in the comments below to give everyone some advice!
Lots of love,
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