10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Came to College

When I was in high school, I was absolutely terrified of going to college because to me it symbolized going into the “adult world” or “the real world.” I was going to be in college! I was going to have to be an adult! I was going to have to do… things.

But I’ve come to realize a few important things since coming to college, and I’m going to write about ten of them. So here they are.

1. Making a box of macaroni and cheese for dinner is a completely acceptable meal.

I can’t cook, and let’s be honest, I’ll probably never learn how. (This is what husbands are for.) So when my dinner date cancels on me, it’s perfectly fine to make a box of shaped macaroni and cheese and snarf it in about three minutes. How much regret you have after such a stunt is up to you.

2. Sometimes putting on pants is really hard.

Do you ever wake up and you’re just like, UGH PANTS NO. Yeah. Me too.

3. Your world views are going to drastically change.

I mean, it’s not like I expected to come to college and not change at all, but goodness gracious, going to college has opened up my mind to so many awesome things, most of which came from classes and all the opportunities that Alma brings to us.

4. TRAVEL EVERYWHERE.

Alma gives you the opportunity to go places. Take that opportunity. Seriously. See the world. Now’s the time.

5. Netflix will be your downfall.

I mean, have you tried to do homework while having a Netflix account?

6. Honors Day is really awesome.

Honors Day can make you think of two things, the first one being “no classes! I can sleep in!” Don’t. Go see what your friends on campus are doing with their lives and intellectual talents. The only thing you’ll regret about Honors Day is if you don’t go.

(The second thing you’ll think about is going. Go. Or be the person that presents.)

7. It’s okay to take time for yourself.

Sometimes you just need to spend a day in your room eating bad food and watching movies. And that’s totally okay.

8. Life happens outside of Alma.

I went home to Indiana for Thanksgiving and my parents were discussing a gigantic piece of Indiana legislation that I hadn’t heard about and it actually affected my life. Even though we’re stuck in the Alma bubble, life is actually going on in the outside world and we should probably pay attention to it.

9. This is the time in life to take chances and gain experiences.

This is one of the few times in my life where I don’t feel tied down to anything else except for school. So when opportunities come knocking, I try to pounce on them, which explains why I have no money and I’ve been to too many concerts in Detroit.

10. You’re going to figure out who you are, and if not, you’re going to get pretty darn close.

I know how clich├ęd this sounds, but I’m absolutely serious. My mother told me that college is the one time in your life when you can be horribly selfish and do everything for yourself. Do what you want to do. Travel. Go to shows. Watch Netflix. Make life-long friends. Join a weird club. Make memories and experiences.

You’ve been blessed with the opportunity to go college, and to go to Alma of all places (which we can all agree is the best place to be). And sometimes in college pants are hard, Netflix always wins, and you’re up at three in the morning eating an entire birthday cake. Maybe that last one is just me.

But college is awesome. And so is Alma.

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