Seven Things I Learned During My First Semester of College

I’m finished with my first semester of college, or as my roommate says, “we’re 1/8 of the way through our bachelor’s degree.” I learned a lot over the past few months and I decided I wanted to share seven of those things with you.

1. SLEEP

I think the number one most important lesson I learned this semester was the importance of sleep. Back in high school, I was sleeping maybe six hours a night and I was getting sick constantly. I wasn’t taking very good care of myself and my immune system heavily reflected that. My roommates and I were all on pretty similar sleep schedules and actually on numerous occasions we encouraged each other to go to bed around 9 PM. I only ended up getting sick once all semester and I think I can attribute this to how much sleep I was getting.

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It’s really important to remember how important sleep is and how getting enough sleep each night is vital to our health and our well-being. I’ve learned my lesson from high school and from now on will try my hardest to make sure I’m getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night.

2. Treat yo self

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My favorite thing about Friday afternoons was that I would get back from my last class and I would stick a pop in the freezer and work on homework and watch Netflix and relax. It became a routine from the very start and I look forward to doing this again next semester. I cut back my pop drinking to only one can of soda a week and I’ve stuck by that (except on a few occasions where I went out to eat). I found that saving my one pop a week for Friday night was a special routine that I really liked.

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Getting to reward myself really kept my spirits up when classes, and life in general, got hard. It’s a lot more fun to look forward to something after all the work you’re doing instead of just doing the work.

3. The class you’re dreading could become your favorite.

I signed up to take my required communications class first semester as a way to “get it over with” because I hate public speaking so much. (Ironic because I want to go into ministry which requires a lot of public speaking). Anyways, I dreaded this class from day one, absolutely dreaded it. But here we are, weeks later, and I have to admit that class was my favorite of any of the ones I took last semester. I learned so much about myself and my classmates and came to really appreciate that class. My professor was amazing and not once did I feel too uncomfortable to perform a speech in front of the class.

I signed up to take my required communications class first semester as a way to “get it over with” because I hate public speaking so much. (Ironic because I want to go into ministry which requires a lot of public speaking). Anyways, I dreaded this class from day one, absolutely dreaded it. But here we are, weeks later, and I have to admit that class was my favorite of any of the ones I took last semester. I learned so much about myself and my classmates and came to really appreciate that class. My professor was amazing and not once did I feel too uncomfortable to perform a speech in front of the class.

The last speech we had to give was an informative speech and I chose to do mine on the topic of Deaf Culture and communication. For my introduction, I chose to do it all in sign and my professor was so excited about this idea. My favorite memory from that class was when I got up there and started signing. The looks on everyone’s faces were absolutely priceless and my professor was sitting in the back of the classroom laughing and I loved every minute of it.

I don’t think anyone would have guessed that my communications class would be my favorite of the semester and I’m honestly really surprised that this is the case too. I think we all should go into each class with an open mind and just appreciate each one for what it is. We aren’t going to like every class we take but we certainly aren’t going to hate everyone either. Sometimes things just surprise you.

4. PRIORITIZE THINGS!!!!

Do all assignments in order of importance/when they are due. And 100% don’t leave things until the last minute. This advice is plastered everywhere but I have to say that it is really important and should become a habit to all.

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On the topic of prioritizing things, I would also like to talk about scheduling yourself wisely. When choosing classes, remember to think about how the times will affect you and how everything will work together. If you have a job, try to consider what type of shifts you want to be working and whether or not those work with your schedule. Be sure to schedule yourself in a way that allows you to get important things done and still have time to relax and enjoy some quiet time.

5. The W-Curve is a real thing

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It’ll hit at some point. Trust me. Some day you’re going to wake up and all you’re going to want to do is pack your bags and leave.

Things get tough, friendships end, school gets hard, the days get short. Stuff starts to change and it begins to feel like life is flying by and you’re not ready for that to happen.

The W-Curve is real, it happens to everyone, and that’s okay. If you find that school isn’t really for you then make that decision, if you decide to stick it out, make that decision. Just remember that every decision you make is about making you happy and making sure that you do what is right for you.

6. Don’t be afraid.

Don’t be afraid to ask a question. Don’t be afraid to text that person. Don’t be afraid to go eat a meal by yourself. Don’t be afraid to be alone.

There’s not much else I have to say about this other than this is something I’m still working on.

7. Make healthy choices.

For my final piece of advice, I just want to say it like it is. Make healthy choices, don’t be stupid.  Take care of yourself and know your limits. Personal hygiene is important, diet is important, sleep is important, school is important. Don’t sell yourself short and remember that you are your number one priority.

I hope you are all having a wonderful new year. I’ll talk to you soon.

Sincerely,

Meagan

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