Erin is a Michigan native, studying film in Florida. In her free time she enjoys painting, online shopping, practicing yoga, or listening to classic rock. She hopes to live in Los Angeles when she graduates to pursue her career
While high school is the melting pot for friendships, possible career paths, and life lessons, there are many essential college aspects that were never taught in class. College is tough- classes obtain much more information, teachers are less likely to give you extra credit, and the campus itself is typically much larger. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t change my college experience thus far for any thing, but that doesn’t mean I don’t wish I had known a few things starting out as a college freshman.
Most high school classes offer a cooking class. In the ninth grade I took one of these classes and honestly, they taught us how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But, what we did not learn in class was how to manage your budget when it comes to food in college. I didn’t realize how hard it would be to not have my mother’s cooking every night. I also didn’t realize how quickly groceries added up. Learning to love microwavable Ramen noodles and cereal is a must, and accepting that you may not get all of the food groups will help you along the way.
Another lesson is how to live with a roommate. My brother and I are far apart enough in age that our parents never forced us to share a room, thankfully. Although I often learned tolerance in high school through various life lessons, it’s a completely new ball game when you’re sleeping 4 feet away from some one you have only had a mere 5 conversations with. Although I didn’t get too lucky with my first college roommate and unfortunately ended up moving out, I moved in with 3 new roommates who I consider some of my closest friends.
A third lesson not taught in high school is the art of time management. College provides many more opportunities than high school. There’s a multitude of clubs, intermural sports, and even an array of internships and jobs to be a part of. While this is a wonderful aspect of college, it also calls for figuring out how much time is needed to complete the tasks in your daily schedule. This is something that I struggled with my freshman year of college. It can be incredibly difficult to designate a sufficient amount of time to studying, staying active, working, and maintaining a social life. This is simply something that gets better with work and effort.
Going off of time management, the final thing that I wish I was taught in high school was to not sweat the small stuff. There’s going to be many hard times in college; you’ll feel homesick, you won’t get the grade you expected, and if you’re as lucky as I am, you may even deal with the death of a best friend. While these things are inevitable, it is important to remember to always keep a positive attitude and remember that life will take you know where if you have a bad attitude.