College life advice

Hi! I’m Charlie Foster, and I am a public relations and marketing professional in Waco, Texas. I graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Journalism- Public Relations in May 2014, and I was in Phi Kappa Chi and the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core in school. I love to play volleyball, meet new people, and I consider myself a connoisseur of mac and cheese. Feel free to reach out and ask any questions if you have them!

Everyone always says that college is one of the best times of your life, and I couldn’t agree anymore. College is a place where you get to discover yourself and your own thoughts on life. It’s a place where you can make lasting friendships with people from all over. It’s a place where you will make memories that will last a lifetime and will never get old.

But college will also fly by in the blink of an eye. Four years seems like a long time, but it goes by faster than you think. It seems like only yesterday that I was going to Baylor’s Line Camp, learning about the traditions and lifestyle of being a Baylor Bear. I’m now a year out of school, and I love every moment I spent while at my university.

Even though it goes faster than you believe, there are definitely ways that you can enjoy and live in every moment that happens. Take it from a college alum who had too many things to do and not enough time to do it all; love where you live, and live in the moments you love.

Find your place
One of Baylor’s mottos is “Find your place in the Line.” The college students are known as the Baylor Line and are encouraged to wildly support our football team, run across the field before every game, and live deeply in the culture of the school. While this is very Baylor-centered, every college student must find their place in their college campus, no matter where they are.

The opportunities are endless for you to do this. Whether its in a sorority or fraternity, or if you’re a walk-on to the football team. If you have a passion for your major, or if you dream of performing on the big stage when you graduate: there’s a place for you.

Find it. Look for information about clubs and organizations around your campus. Your major and student centers have everything you could possibly need to discover your place. All you need to do is get out there and join it.

Get out of your comfort zone
Although it’s easy for me to tell you to get out there and find something new, it’s not always the easiest thing to do for students. Some students don’t like to make the first contact with someone new, while others just don’t know how to put themselves out there. Others are afraid, and all of that is entirely okay.

The important thing for you to know is this: everyone is in the exact same place that you are. Everyone is discovering who they are. Everyone is figuring out how to talk to others and survive in society.

Because of this, it’s okay if you get out there and mess up. No one is going to remember the moment that you stuttered when you first said hello. Or that moment when you asked too many questions when you just wanted to know what the best fit for you is.

But they will remember your personality, your dreams, and your willingness to try anything to get out of your comfort zone.

So get out there and find your place. Be bold and willing to try anything. And make lasting memories while you do it. You’re going to thank yourself one day- I promise

 

College life advice 

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