4 Things No One Ever Told Me About College

Need real advice for college that isn’t coming from someone trying to sell you a good time or good grade? I got you covered!

I feel like the only advice I got about college was, study hard, and party harder. This was hardly advice, and even if it were, it wasn’t very helpful.

I found it hard to believe that exams, and frats were the only pieces of the college puzzle, but who was I to argue with the people who had all the “college experience,” right?

Well, it turns out they were wrong. There is much more that goes to into being prepared for college, and staying in college. To try and make sure that no future collegiate is so fooled to believe that college is as simple as it looks on TV, here are the things that I wish someone told me about college (emphasize on the I, remember this is only my opinion).

  • The homework is more than “a lot.”

College professors are nothing like high school teachers. Yes, you may get some who are personal and understanding, but even they are going to treat you like an adult.

College professors don’t work together to give out assignments on a schedule so their students aren’t bombarded with work. They give out work when they want it, and assign it how they want it, and it comes in large quantities. The “lots” of work people warned me about was a huge understatement.

Yes, it’s new and overwhelming, but when you feel like you’re under a pile of work, take a deep breath and work your way out one assignment at a time.

  • If possible, go with a friend

One of the colleges that I applied to was the same one that my best friend was going to. I ended up getting in but choosing not to go. I thought that if I went with her the experience wouldn’t be new enough, and that I would gravitate to only spending time with her.

Now, in my final semester of college, I wish I did go with her. I ended up transferring out of my original school my freshman year, and I truly believe that if I had gone away with a friend I would not have left.

The move to college is so unfamiliar and uncomfortable at first, and it can be very shocking. If I had that shoulder to lean on, and that sense of comfort in the first few months, I really believe it would have helped me settle into college away from home much better.

  • Say no to Skype

Skype is great invention, but it may not be the best thing for a new, homesick college student. I was so homesick my first few weeks away and I thought that seeing my family on Skype would make it better. It actually made it worse. Seeing my house, and everyone together without me made me even more upset. Just talking on the phone is enough until you get comfortable where you are.

  • Weather matters

If you’re a person who prefers it to be sunny and warm, then being bundled up to walk to class at a school in Vermont, can get you stuck in a bad mood. On the other hand if you like the snow, and snow activities then going to a beach town school in Southern California can get boring. Staying upbeat and enjoying leaving your dorm room is important, and the weather outside makes a big difference in your attitude, and attention span.

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Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente is a senior at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. She will be graduating with the BA in Media Studies and Communications in May. Editing the Entertainment section for her university’s newspaper and magazine has fueled her passion for entertainment journalism, which is the career path she plans to explore. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, listening to music, and catching up on celebrity gossip.