Coming into college, I honestly had no idea what to expect. I definitely made a few mistakes my freshman year, and I’m definitely not going to be stupid enough to make them again.
1. Not studying for tests.
I’ll be honest, in high school I never really had to study to do well. I thought when I came to college it’d work the same way, so before my first couple of tests I hardly opened my book. Let’s just talk about the wake-up call I received when I failed a couple tests. Big mistake. Actually, huge mistake. My GPA is definitely paying for it now.
I think I’m probably the world’s worst procrastinator. In fact I think I’ll just finish this post later…
OK kidding. But seriously, don’t procrastinate in college. Deciding to write that paper the day it’s due is never a good idea. Ever.
3. Being shy.
I’m a shy person, I’ll admit. I have this tendency to be incredibly awkward when I’m around people I don’t know. When I was alone in my hostel I’d always have my door shut and I didn’t talk to too many people during classes. I’m definitely not doing that this year. Say hello to a bright and beautiful social butterfly.
4) Never working out.
This is pretty self-explanatory. Those 15 pounds could’ve so easily been avoided. The gym is state-of-the-art for goodness sake. 30 minutes on the elliptical never hurt anybody.
5. Not setting goals for myself.
I can think of just one goal I set for myself my entire freshman year. It was during second semester, and it was to get my grades up. While I achieved it, I still wish I would’ve set more for myself. Little things like working out, going out, acing that test, or meeting new people would’ve motivated me to do them. I’m definitely setting more goals for myself this year!
Obviously, everybody makes mistakes, but it’s how you deal with them that actually matters. Cliché quote. Sue me.
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