Kristian Padilla is a 21-year-old undergraduate student at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas pursuing her B.A. in Public Relations with a minor in Business. She interned with a consulting firm in Austin, Texas as their marketing and public relations coordinator. On her free time she enjoys blogging, reading, digital design and getting to expand herself creatively
College is all about new experiences!
As an incoming freshman getting dropped off at my dorm by my parents I couldn’t help but feel a ball of different emotions. I felt nervous to be living on my own for the first time but also a sense of excitement to get to get to make my own decisions for once, I was anxious to see how challenging the new curriculum would be but intrigued to be taking classes for my major, and I was a little terrified since I only knew about five people from high school attending my university but I was mainly just scared of failure and not getting to accomplish the things I was going to college to do.
I think my mother could tell I was freaking out because before she left she looked at me and said, “Honey, relax, think of college as a new adventure where you get a chance to find out what you really like and what type of person you want to become. You have four years so enjoy the ride to come.”
Those are words of advice I will never forget and definitely words to live by for any incoming freshman. I’ve learned that you cannot come into college with a closed mindset thinking that everything you learned in high school is correct and should just take life with a grain of salt because the only way to grow as a person is to allow yourself to open up to new ideas/experiences. So here are a few tips for all freshman:
• Join as many organizations on campus as you can! It’s a great way to make new friends, to network and it will look god on your resume!
• Your living on your own so feel free to eat pizza and ice cream for dinner if you want
• Make sure to workout at least twice a week because staying healthy with help your body and mind (plus the freshman 15 is a very real thing!)
• Yes it is possible to study AND go out, it’s all about managing your time well
• Dorm life will suck from time to time but it will also be one of the places where you’ll make the best memories
• But most of all don’t be afraid of failure, because we can only learn from the things we fail at and this will be the best time in your life to try new things.