Going to college advice

Megan McManus is a Wildlife Biologist from Chicago, Illinois.   She enjoys traveling, writing, and animals and tries to incorporate them into her life whenever possible.  Since graduating from Pennsylvania State University, Megan has traveled to four continents, visiting multiple countries along the way.  She works as a Marine Mammal Observer, sailing the oceans to study whales, dolphins and sea turtles.  Her love of wildlife has taken her on many great adventures, and she hopes to experience many more.

 

You’ve made it.  You’ve graduated High School, survived the clicks and the drama; now what?

The first thing you need to know about college is that, yes, there is going to be close friends, groups and clicks of people to still navigate.  The only saving grace, though, is that your participation in those clicks is completely voluntary.   You like a group?  Great!  You don’t like a group? Move on!  No one cares and no one is going to judge you about it.

College is a whole new range of freedom.  You choose your subject of study, your friends, your apartment.  The world is your oyster.  The best advice anyone can tell you is to stay true to yourself.  Figure out your likes and dislikes, your boundaries.  Then, try to fit those ideals with the people around you. I promise, it is easier than it seems.

Making friend in college should be as easy as talking to few friends sitting near you in classes or joining an intramural activity.  Do you have a major?  You should instantly have a base of people to start with.  Are they friend material?  Perhaps.  At the end of the day, each conversation is a potential friendship, or at the very least, a starting point to meeting the best friends of your life.  Some are keepers, and some are not.  What you’ll learn in college is that there is no obligation to maintaining friendships.  The meaningful will persist, and the expendable relationships will fall to the wayside.

What I’m really trying to tell you is that in college, you finally get your choice.  You don’t need to cope with the hand you’ve been dealt. If you don’t like this particular set of cards, you can change it at any time you choose.  So choose where you want to be.  Choose who you want to be.  Most importantly, choose who you want to spend your time with.  Then follow your heart.  You’re free to do so.  So see where it all takes you.  Take the good and the bad, then decide which of the feelings you’d like to feel more often than not then follow your instincts.  Nine out of ten times they’ll take you exactly where you need to be.  Trust yourself and be true to yourself.  If you listen to your emotions to find what makes you

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