So I made it through my first year of college at the University of Mobile. That’s crazy.
This post is about how I gained my freshman 15, but not the kind you might think. I could probably represent every pound of your typical freshman 15 with Bluebell from the cafeteria, but that’s not what I want to focus on, at least not yet… I’ll probably use the gym one day.
I believe I have gained 15 important lessons from this semester as a freshman, and that is what I want to share.
1. As tempting as is might be, do not eat said Bluebell ice cream after every meal. Especially if you are lactose intolerant. I speak from experience.
2. Don’t stress about making your best friends as soon as you get to college. I worried about this for awhile and caused myself unnecessary stress. Friends will come and go, schedules and routines will change, and you’ll meet new people every day. But when you do find those people, embrace them and never let them go.
3. Savor the late-night runs to Waffle House, Foosackly’s, Whataburger or whatever fast food place you and your friends find yourselves at 3am. Remember the conversations that you had and what you learned about the people around you. They may seem random and pointless now, but they will be some of your best memories later.
4. Don’t try to figure out your whole life plan the first week of school. Do what you have to do and trust God with the rest. His plan is perfect and, as long as you strive to stick to His plan, things will work out.
5. Be open to all the change you will be faced with. I am so afraid of change, and I’ve found that the best thing you can do in that case is just let it change you, for better or worse. Life is all about experience, and you’ll never experience more than your boundaries. So expand them.
6. Whatever you’re stressing about right this very moment, just relax. Breathe, sing your favorite song, watch something that makes you laugh, just chill in a blanket burrito for awhile if you have to. Everything will work itself out, and your mental health is so important.
7. Save your money. Just do it. You will always need extra; trust me.
8. Laughter really is the best medicine. Laugh with your friends often, and even laugh at yourself. Nothing negative can come from a good laugh.
9. Be yourself. Don’t let others change you. Don’t let the fact that you are around so many new people change the way you are. The right people will like you just for who you are.
10. Don’t try to find the love of your life right away. Because, to the wrong person you’ll mean nothing, but to the right person, you’ll mean everything. God is always working and always in ways we least expect, so don’t fret! Relationships are serious and should be treated as such.
11. Put God first. Seriously, keep Him in the center. Make time for him, even when you don’t want to. Starting out your day with God helps to keep your focus in check and remind you that He is in control and that you can always trust Him with whatever you might face.
12. Don’t waste opportunities. If you have an opportunity to do something you enjoy, like joining an ensemble or a club, do it! Doing what you enjoy will help you to relieve stress and overall improve your college experience.
13. Don’t overwhelm yourself. There might come a time when you have taken on too much and you might need to let some things go. Don’t be afraid to drop out on something if you have too much. You need to help yourself in order to help others.
14. Walk to your classes. Get some fresh air. Say hello to all the friends you pass by and smile at all the strangers you see. Just take in all that you see around you, and think about how blessed you are to be breathing, living and taking each step that you do.
15. Make the most of each day. Not only set goals, but achieve them. Have purpose in everything that you do. Set your mind on what you know you need to do, and do it. You will be thankful in the future that your time, and money, were not wasted.
Those are only a few of the things that I have learned this year, but they have all proven to be very important. They have shaped who I am as a student at the University of Mobile and as a person. I am looking forward to seeing how I will continue to change and grow here at UM, and I hope that it will be evident in all that I say and do.