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TOP TEN THINGS I HAVE LEARNED FROM MY FIRST SEMESTER

By: Iya Lindahl

  1. Studying actually pays off! Also— Quizlet is super helpful. It’s frustrating that I’m now realizing that by putting in a few more hours for each test I could have been doing a lot better, but it is definitely something I will take into account next semester.
  2. BUDGET YOUR MONEY! Food and other expenses cost more in Northern California and my bank account is not the first witness to that. One thing that has helped me tremendously is setting a weekly budget.
  3. SAVE YOUR MONEY FROM SUMMER! This is one of my biggest regrets. I had a lot of money saved over from working and graduation but I didn’t take into account how quickly I would spend it. 
  4. Take some time for yourself. Being an athlete and living in the dorm, it’s difficult to find some me-time. But it’s good to find that quiet time to reflect and make sure you are on reaching your goals.
  5. Don’t lose track of yourself. College is so new and different that it’s easy to be swept up in the new people and everyone else’s plans. Although plans change and you might end college with a different goal than what you came with (and you probably will), it’s important to do what is right for yourself in the moment. 
  6. Parents rock. This is a big one. At the end of the day and no matter what, your parents are always going to be there to listen. I cannot express how grateful I am for them for always listening to me whether I’m crying or screaming with joy. 
  7. A team is like your away family. They are always there so you never have to dine or study alone. 
  8. Eat healthy! You don't have to gain the freshman fifteen if you don't want to. Yes, it takes more preparation, but it’s worth it to feel better overall. My friends have panini makers and hard boiled egg cookers so they know what they are putting into their body. 
  9. It’s okay not to love every moment of college. A lot of people say that it is the best four years of life and I guess in some ways it is, but it’s also stressful and scary. So it’s okay not to constantly love it because you're not the only one.
  10. Have fun! There are times to stress and there are times to enjoy it. Embrace this new experience and explore what you are passionate about.