As I reflect back on my first year of college, I can’t help but be in disbelief. I feel like it was yesterday that I was walking up two flights of stairs and moving my life into a dorm room in Richmond. I cannot help but be filled happiness, gratitude, and excitement (to be back in a few months!).
I wanted to share a few lessons I learned my first year to any incoming freshmen.
1. Finding “your” people takes time
My roommate and I learned this the hard way, as we really struggled in the beginning to meet and form actual friendships with people. We both met a lot of people and would see them around campus, but finding “our” people took a lot of time.
The only advice I can give for this obstacle is to have patience because you will find those people and meet them in the most random ways. I met one of my best friends at a party and we literally said to each other that we had to become friends and now she’s one of my best ones! Another one of my best friends I met through that friend, so you really never know when your going to meet them!
2. It takes awhile to adjust, even if you like your school
I knew as soon as I finished my college tour at Richmond, that I was meant to be there. I adjusted pretty fast, but there were definitely a few times that I questioned whether it was actually the right choice for me. These fleeting feelings happened a few times first semester, but by the time I was leaving for the summer I had tears in my eyes because I wanted to stay so badly.
For this obstacle I would advise to stick it out until the end of the year, and if by then you still feel the same way then it might be time to think of other options. It definitely takes awhile to feel completely comfortable in your new life, so just give it time.
3. Get involved!!!
I really want to stress this one, as it will also help you deal with the two other lessons I talked about. Get involved in whatever you are interested in! That doesn’t mean you should join a million clubs, but choose the few that really interest you. Getting involved helps you feel part of the community and also helps you meet new people. I really wanted to get more involved than I was in high school, and definitely accomplished that this year. I became secretary for Generation Action, was elected to the Honor Council, and joined Tri Delta.
Really enjoy the first year because it goes by SO fast and I wish I could already go back and do it all over again because I loved it so much.
Hope you enjoyed reading !