What I wish I knew my freshmen year

Cecilia Phuong attending The University of North Texas, currently studying Kinesiology and minoring in Health Promotions. She has a big passion for animals. When she’s not in school, she’s working out or just hanging out with her dogs. Her favorite shows are The Vampire Diaries, Modern Family, The Walking Dead, Revenge, Sons of Anarchy, and Grey’s Anatomy. She loves traveling!

You’ll hear a lot of people telling you to take your time in college or hurry and finish in 4 years. I am 25 years old and recently become a junior at The University of North Texas, at my age I’m technically suppose to already have my bachelors degree, but I didn’t take college serious my first 2 years in college.

1. I took my time in college because everyone told me to, but when you’re in class your first day, everyone does that little introduction, and most of your classes mate are between 18-20 when your 22…. you sort of feel out of place. My honest opinion is finish in 4-5 years while you’re still young because when you look for a job, most companies would like to hire someone young out of college.

2. Depending on what you studied, your GPA is very important when looking for a job. Don’t settle for 2.0 in all your courses, aim higher. Because if your GPA is a 2.5 and someone who applied for the same position has a 3.0, more than likely they’ll choose the candidate with a 3.0. Study hard, it will pay off in the end.

3. Partying. College students love to party every weekend; honestly you’ll have plenty of opportunities to party while in college for 4+ years. A social gathering is a little escape from the books and homework, but know your priorities. Depending if financial aid paid for your classes or you and/or your parents paid for you to attend college, they definitely didn’t pay for you to party than fail your classes.

4. An investment. Parents see their children as an investment, they took care of you from birth, watch you grow up, fed you, clothes you, put a roof under your head. The least you could do is go to college, graduate, get a great job, and repay them. You’re also an investment for yourself as well. You go to college for 4+ years, study for countless hours, set goals for yourself, etc. You expect a good outcome for yourself in the future.

5. Be socially involved with school. Join a sorority/fraternity or clubs. Being involved, volunteering, and taking time out of your schedule. I was never in a sorority but my little sister was, I didn’t like the idea of paying hundreds to thousands of dollars to be in a club, but after looking at my sister’s resume, it really helped her. My sister was involved with many local events, her social skills had gotten better, and she knew what teamwork was. If you don’t have that money to join a sorority/fraternity then joined a club through the school, it helps you build knowledge in what you would like to study, you become more socially involve, and it’s a great way to make friends.

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