Things I wish I had known when I was a freshman…

Kayla Anderson is a 23 year old senior at The University of Tennessee at Martin. I graduate in December with my B.S in Psychology. Psychology is my passion as well as helping others. One day I hope to work for the state at the department of child services as a case worker. I am a mother of a beautiful 6 month old baby girl and she is my world. In my spare time I paint and do DIY projects.

Going to college is a unique and wonderful experience. Throughout my time at The University of Tennessee at Martin I have experienced a lot. Things that have molded me into the individual I am today. I have gone through obstacles and had a moment where I wasn’t sure if I could continue on. If I would have known the things I know now when I was a freshman, my college life would have been different and probably better. With that being said, I’d like to share some of my wisdom with you all. First, I would suggest not staying up all night to study. I was guilty of doing this my first two years, but I figured out that it was actually not helping; it was making my grades worse. I would suggest studying a few days before; spreading out the studying is better than staying up all night and cramming. Also, our brains need sleep so staying up all night is not allowing your brain to get the proper rest it needs, thus causing you to not remember all that information you crammed in all night. Second, changing your major is perfectly fine. It is said that on average college students usually change their major about three times. I changed mine once, from nursing to psychology. It was the best thing I could have done. Psychology is where I need to be and I wish I would have learned that sooner, but I am here to say that if it takes you a few major changes until you figure out which is for you, that it is perfectly okay. Next, go to class. Do not skip class, it is very important to attend it. I myself never skipped, but all the people I know who have, it affected their grades badly. Also, I would suggest trying to get an internship before you are a senior if at all possible. I desperately wish that was something I had known, because now I am a senior about to graduate applying for jobs and struggling to find one. Internships look good on job applications and are very helpful as well. If you are struggling in a class, ask for help. Do not be afraid to talk to a professor. I was for the longest time, but honestly, professors just want to help out, usually that is. If your professor isn’t able to help, get a tutor or a friend from class to help you, but do not let your grade suffer because you don’t want to ask someone for help. My last piece of advice is buy used textbooks or rent them. Do not buy textbooks unless you really want to keep it. Textbooks are expensive so matter what buy renting or buying used ones saves on the cost dramatically. I hope that all these pieces of advice are helpful and that some of you will apply them to your life.

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