What I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was a Freshman in College

I won’t pretend I’m a wise college graduate, or even a senior, but I’m still alarmed by how quickly time passes. Here are some pieces of advice that I wish someone told me when I first started college:

  • Make friends – even after you have friends.  It’s easy to get comfortable with the people you met freshman year and forget that there’s an entire campus full of students out there.  Just because you already have best friends doesn’t mean you can’t meet someone new.
  • As stressed as you may feel at times, keep things in perspective. If we’re being totally honest with ourselves, life will never be as free of responsibility as it is in this moment.
  • No one will ever dislike you for being friendly. Plain and simple. 
  • It’s never too late – to join something. Join a club, try out for a team, investigate what Greek life is all about, or take that obscure class that has always caught your eye. 
  • It’s okay to not know what you want to major in your first year. I wouldn’t recommend changing your major six times because you may not graduate on time, but take diverse courses that will expose you to new interests. 
  • You will never look back on your life in twenty years and remember that night you stayed in. Nine times out of ten, leaving the couch makes for a better story.
  • There are a handful of things in life that you can only do during these four years – do them now.  Don’t waste time doing things that are acceptable for people of all ages.
  • Always try to be as present as you possibly can be. You’re not here long, so put down your phone and listen to the people around you.

- Anna Goodell is a junior at Syracuse University where she studies advertising.