By: Allison Annala, Guest Blogger
It’s September folks, and you know what that means! Summer is over and it’s back to school we go! Whether you’re taking that step from middle school to high school, approaching your senior year in college, or a mom sending your first baby off to kindergarten, September is full of surprises and the promise of all kinds of possibilities! One of the most exciting transitions is heading off to college for the first semester. This is, without a doubt, one of the most exhilarating times of a young person’s life. It is a time that can also be incredibly intimidating. During this transition there are many changes and adjustments (doing your own laundry comes to mind). It is a period in which a person will learn more about herself than she has in the first 18 years of life! As a teacher now, I find myself offering advice on the regular, particularly to the newbies. Therefore, I am offering my top five pieces of advice for college freshmen.
1. Make lots of friends- I know this sounds cliché, but put yourself out there! Make friends in your dorm, make friends in your classes, and make friends at the dining hall. Get in the habit of introducing yourself. Whether it be peers, professors, administrators, or prospective partners, don’t wait for someone else to give you an in. Be proud to be you and make an effort to make connections. The more connections you make, the more “at home” you will feel.
2. Get up and Go- Attend as many concerts, art shows, sporting events, and benefits as humanly possible! No, do not use these events as an excuse to avoid your studies. But do get involved. The more events you go to, the more people you meet! Oh, and Sweetheart, while you’re attending all of these events, don’t forget to GO TO CLASS!! This may sound silly, but when you’re out until 2am, that 8am class is not going to sound very appealing. Especially, when Mom is not there to haul your butt out of bed. Get up, go to class, sit in the front, take notes, and prosper. Nothing worth doing is ever easy, but there’s no need to make calculus any harder than it already is. I promise.
3. Your Roommate is just that- YOUR ROOMMATE! Sometimes roommates don’t make the best of friends, and sometime best friends are terrible roommates. If you and yours can rock the “BFF thing” while living together, AWESOME! If not, have a mutual respect for each other and create a great living relationship!
4. Be Ambitious- Follow your dreams, your passions, and your goals. Take classes in every subject you may be interested in. Don’t just settle on a major because its something you think you’ll enjoy. Find out! Explore! If something doesn’t seem to fit you, make a change! It’s your life, and you need to make the most of it! Better to decide you hate accounting in your first class, rather than when you’re employed and not enjoying your life’s work.
5. Enjoy- College is one of the greatest times of your life. Embrace it! While pursuing your dreams and following your ambitions take note of the people standing by you. These people will be there for your successes and help you through your failures. They will love you and they will need you, and these years will just be the beginning of wonderful and inspiring life long relationships!
GOOD LUCK and ENJOY!
Transitions can be tricky, but they can also be exciting and fun!
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Allison began gymnastics at the age of 4 and continued her career through college at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Now, she uses the life lessons learned through the sport to help young women discover their greatness! She is a huge advocate for girls and women, particularly when it comes to body image and self-worth! Along with teaching, Allison now coaches gymnastics at her Alma matter, where she earned her BSE in Health and Human Performance and her MSE in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Physical Education. She loves sharing her passion for gymnastics with women of all ages and her passion for life and love on her blog www.allison-lifeisbeautiful.blogspot.com. She is so thrilled to be an advocate for IATG and can’t wait to help inspire women all over the world! Allison tweets at @annalamountain