Things I Wish I Knew Before Freshman Year
As a lot of us are going back to school, I just thought it'd be cool to talk about the things I wish I knew before high school! I think anyone should read this and follow my advice if you think it's helpful! Also, feel free to share any more advice.
- Your dream college will not stay your dream college. - My freshman year/8th-grade dream college was Texas A&M University. Once I thought about finances and school reputation it was no longer my dream school.
- It's okay to get lost. - I was definitely embarrassed... especially when I went to a camp that gave us a tour of the school (but my school is numbered funny in my defense...) Our school has volunteers for our first days (yes, we have two first days, if you want an explanation just tag me in the comments)
- Join clubs. -Joining things is so fun and you will get so many opportunities (like being a student of the month), but if it doesn't work out you have 3 years to try something new.
- It's okay to change interests. -I was 100% convinced I wanted to go be a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, but I am now considering a career in the military or the insurance field.
- College reaction videos are unrealistic. -I get it, it's exciting to watch people get into Stanford, but the majority of people don't. You do not need to worry about colleges until the end of your sophomore year.
- Your family is not always right. -In-state college isn't always cheaper. Out-of-state isn't always super expensive. (Case in point- state school giving me $3,000 a year max vs. $4,000-$5,000 at out-of-state schools that are similar schools with room to get more.)
- There is no one path to college. - Most everyone I know goes to community college (a great option for SOME.) But community college isn't for EVERYONE, nor EVERY MAJOR. Some majors are best at a 4-year college (mine case in point especially because there is no community college with that major in my state.) Plus, I would only have enough classes to have a semester and a half's worth, so there's not a point in staying FOR ME. If that's your path-follow it.
- Please do not only consider top universities. - Your chances of getting in a top 20 (or even top 30) are slim.
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