Summer just rolled in and my first year of college is officially over! This school year was one hell of a ride filled with tons of new things. New people, new adventures, new things I've learned, new places and new experiences. If you ask me, the first few months of college feels like a whirlwind due to the exciting new things. Once you settle in, everything is easier from there! Here are a few things I learned that I would like to share to anyone who's about to enter college (or even those who are in a higher level than me!)

Make lots of new friends!
As much as possible, try and make good friends with people in your class. These will be the people you will spend the rest of your semester and maybe even the next semester with. Even though you don't want to establish close relationships with them, it's still a good idea to make sure you're comfortable around them. You want to be comfortable in the classroom, not watching every move you make! Also, when you're friends with most of them, you'll be able to ask for help whenever you need it. Vice versa with them too. 

Choose who you hang out with wisely.
Wow, what a direct contradiction to what I just said before this. Alright let's get to the ugly truth: more friends, more connections. Connections are important in college. That's what I think anyway. Having a lot of connections means getting a lot of information that will be useful to you. So, choose who you hang out with wisely. Do not choose a set of people because they are "cool" or "are your first friends in college."  

News flash, no one cares if you're cool or not when you're flunking your classes. Another news flash, you do not need to stick with the person you were with during your first few days. You and the other person/group were probably sticking with each other because you didn't know anyone yet. No, this doesn't mean you're cutting of your friendship! Choose a person/set of people you are comfortable with and you know you'll be able to do what you want without being shunned, alright? This is extremely important.
College = freedom. You can skip class if you feel like it. You can leave the campus anytime you want. As tempting as it sounds, don't give in. Attend class as much as you can. Even though you feel like your ass won't leave your bed or you have this group of friends who are going on this amazing adventure but woops, you have a class to attend. 

Do yourself a favor and go to class. Professors (not all) take note of your attendance and some have seatworks, surprise quizzes, extra points or important announcements to give out. You'll never know when any of these will be give out so it pays to try and attend every meeting. One point could mean a lot when you're trying to lift you're grade. 
Do not give into peer pressure. (LEARN HOW TO SAY NO!)
If you don't feel like doing it, don't do it. If you feel like you're going to regret it afterwards, don't do it. You're afraid you're going to think a killjoy. That's normal. The people you'll be with are new and they don't know you fully and you want them to like you. Is it worth it though? Remember, they might expect you to repeat your actions since you did it the first time. 

Whether it be someone pushing you to do something or pushing yourself to do something you know deep inside you don't want to do, don't give in. Everyone's doing it, everyone's buying it. It doesn't mean you have to do it too. 
Learn how to say yes.
Another contradiction, I know. Try to say yes to the most unexpected things that you are okay with doing. Saying yes can lead to countless of amazing adventures and opportunities. Trust me! 
As much as possible, try not to cram.
Whenever something is given out by your professor, try and work on it as soon as possible. You don't have to finish it right away but starting it is a good thing. Progress is good. Most likely, once you get started on something, you'll want to finish it too. You know what they say, starting is the hard part. 

Cramming can cause a lot of stress and you'll lose  a lot  of sleep. Most of the time, I lost sleep for the most simplest things like a stupid reaction paper just because I decided to put it off till last minute. I had a lot of free time but decided to work on it at 12 midnight. Decide which school work is worth losing sleep on. Besides, being stress free is one of the best feelings in the world. 
Save money. 
College costs a lot if you didn't already know that. College also pops up with a lot of unexpected "required" payements such as org fees or photocopying something or having something printed. So try and save money to help your parents out a bit. Save money for yourself too. Go buy that shirt you've been eyeing since last month. Most college students 

Go and do what you want.Start that blog. Take photos. Set up that business. Go on trips. Draw. Take singing lessons. Audition for that play. Create a band. Whatever you were planning in that pretty head of yours, go do it. 

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