What College Can Teach You in Just One Semester

To say that I’ve learned more in one semester of college than I have learned my whole life would be an overstatement, but here are some of the many things that college has taught me in such a short amount of time.

Getting Involved is Crucial: Everyone told me that getting involved on campus is the greatest way to make the most out of your college experience, and they were absolutely correct. This gives you something to do and it is also probably the easiest and most natural way to make new friends.

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Making (True) Friends Doesn’t Come Easily: The first couple of weeks are all about shaking hands and introducing yourself to everybody. People weren’t lying when they said that you probably won’t end up best friends with the first few people that you meet. It takes a couple of weeks, but you will meet people that you click with and you’ll basically just know that you’re going to be great friends.

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You don’t have enough time in the day, unless you make it: Cleaning your room, working out, or doing your laundry will never happen unless you plan it out and really set aside time for it. There are so many things going on each day that it’s easy to end up asking yourself how it’s one in the morning and you haven’t checked a single thing off of your to-do list.


You may love coffee even more than you thought you possibly could: In the morning, mid-morning, afternoon, evening, or really just whenever you can get your hands on it. Somehow college has a way of bringing even the most stubbornly opposed people to walk across campus with a Starbucks.

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You should try getting out of your comfort zone: Explore the surrounding city, try a new coffee shop, or talk to that person in your class. College holds endless opportunities for you to grow as a person and learn more about the world around you.

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Be yourself: College is absolutely the time to engage in some self-discovery, and you are bound to change and grow. That being said, do not let your true self slip away. It may seem obvious, but it is so easy to take on the personalities and interests of the people around you who seem to be having tons of fun going out and partying. If that isn’t you, you don’t have to pretend that it is.

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It’s okay to stay in on weeknights: There is something going on every night. You see it all over social media while you’re frantically writing an essay and feel like you’re missing out. But, you will thank yourself when you receive your final grades and your work ethic proves to be worth it. There is always the weekend.

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Last but certainly not least….

Friends may be the best show of all time: It just is.


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(I do not own all of the photos in this post)

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