Drew Brandau – Indy Writer
Hey, this is probably my first non-horoscope article that I’ve written in over a year, so if I’m rusty in my story telling cut me some slack. Ok, so some background info: I’m a senior who’s graduating in May and I feel like I missed out on a lot in college. It’s a cliché to say that college went by in a flash, but it’s true. It honestly feels like yesterday when my mom dropped me off at Manchester and now I’m a few months away from living on my own with a mountain of debt to keep me company (and a cat if I’m lucky). Here are some things that I wish I would have done but it’s too late because I’m leaving:
Choose a major that interests you
Again, a cliché. But it’s safe to say that you’ll enjoy your time at school more if you’re learning something that makes you want to get out of bed in the morning. I came to ISU as a marketing major because I saw a few episodes of Mad Men and thought, “Hey, I could do that”. And while following John Hamm’s lead is usually a good idea it didn’t make me happy. It was filled with people that I couldn’t relate to and the information seemed boring and tedious. I found out that I wanted to study history after I took a random history gen ed. So my advice is keep your mind open for whatever makes you happy in the first few years of taking gen eds.
Nobody is making you do anything
You don’t have to go to the party if you don’t want to. Nobody is making you hang out with people you don’t want to or telling you to do anything, and anyone who tells you differently is a poop-butt that doesn’t deserve your time. One of the big transitions that I’ve had to make from high school to college is that you’re a lot less tied down to whatever everyone else is doing. A big part of college is finding out who you are and a big part of that is to leave the things that you don’t feel are beneficial to you anymore.
I know that it’s kind of a contradiction from my last point (ok, not kind of, it is a contradiction). Something that I did my freshman year was slack off on school and it came back to haunt me later. So as much as it’s a pain to, you need to do well in your classes so you don’t regret it later. And not to sound like a mom here: but you’re here for school, so you should try your best on it.
Don’t slack on your mental health
So another big thing that I wish I would have done earlier in my college career would’ve been personal counseling. It’s a big scary world out there and sometimes it’s hard to handle it all on your own. Which is totally ok, ISU has a great system set up here that can hook you up with some pretty great therapists to help you out. I didn’t start going until I was a junior and the only thing that I regret is that I didn’t go sooner.
Yup, so that’s a little advice I wish I knew when I started. I know it’s not a lot of information and it’s a little bit vague, but this is an article made for the interwebs. So if you want more personal advice ask a friend, you Jabroni.
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