February 6 2016

Things I Wish I Knew About College By Zara Puskuldjian

College.. . what should I be expecting…

We have all heard the terrible stereotypes and hearsay talk that goes on; stashing snacks in your closet, roommate problems, the craziest college parties ever, and the dreaded freshman 15.   Some of what you hear is true, and some of what you hear is not. Freshmen can’t help but believe all the terrible things they hear until they have been proven wrong. As you’re deciding among colleges or imagining what next year all look like, keep these things in mind to help you understand college a little more!

1. Feeling insecure is normal:

giphy-1My first semester of school was difficult for me, not only being so far away for the first time, but I felt insecure.  There were so many different kinds of people around me, that I started to think everyone was smarter then me, better then me, and I wasn’t good enough. I started to get lonely and unsure if I still wanted to be there until the day that this girl that I met on one of my first days of school came up to me knowing that I wasn’t being myself, and she told me, “Don’t worry.  I feel the same way.  It’s normal.  It all takes time.   We can get through this together.” And she was exactly right.   Choose to #ConnectToConfidence, because as the semester went on I realized that it was okay to be insecure, because I was not the only one.

2. Freshman 15 is a real thing… well kind of..

I wouldn’t say 15 pounds? That’s a bit extreme. And I definitely wouldn’t limit you to just your freshman year.  Weight gain is definitely there, but so is the ability to control it. When you have a fully accessible meal plan right in front of you, how do you turn it down? I remember thinking my first semester of school “Wait.. So I can have a burger, a wrap, salad, french-fries, pizza and even desert for every meal if I want to?” I knew I was in trouble ,and I know that a lot of you are thinking the same thing. Stay tuned with us here at She’s Fit to Lead for amazing workout and exercises suggestions along with some really good dorm room meal preparation ideas and ways to adjust your mental mindset to keep you on track!giphy

3. Having your future figured out is NOT necessary

giphyWhen I first came to college the most frequent question people would ask me (adults too) was “What do you want to do with your life?”  Don’t get me wrong.   There were definitely freshmen who knew exactly what they wanted to do with their lives, but I didn’t.  I wasn’t the only one and neither are you! College is all about learning what you like and don’t like, exploring and experiencing new things. My advice to you.  Take part in every opportunity you have and try different things.

4. Making friends is going to take time, a BFF will not be formed over night

giphyYour roommate could always be your friend, but truth be told some roommates don’t always work out like you thought they would. Some people you meet will just be classmates, some will be acquaintances, and some people you meet you can only stand for a little while. Finding close friends in college can be a little bit of trial and error. So if you haven’t found those girls yet, don’t give up! Be confident! Try out for different things.   Join a sorority, a club or even attend a few parties with a different crowd than you usually hang with.   There will be a variety of people you meet along the way, and you will definitely find someone with the same interests as you.

5. If your start to feel homesick, keep yourself occupied

giphyWe all know how leaving home can be hard, especially the first time. Feeling homesick is normal especially when you’ve spent the last 18 years at home following the same routine, and then it suddenly changes. Try these things when you start missing home:  Stay occupied. Listen to music.   Go to the gym.  Have some lunch with your friends.  Take a walk around campus, and definitely call, video chat or text your family and friends that miss you.   This is new for them to!!

Be confident, get out of your comfort zone and try new things! College is one of the greatest opportunities you will have for self-improvement and personal development! #ConnectToConfidence

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