What I Learned Freshman Year…

Ah, freshmen. So small, so naive, so stressed about every little thing. There’s so much to learn your first year in college, and it may come as a surprise to you, but the most important things you’ll need to know aren’t things you can learn in a lecture hall. I personally came in as clueless as the next person. Actually, I might have been a little more clueless - I didn’t know anyone from high school, I BARELY knew where my classes were gonna be and to top it all off, I hadn’t even declared a major. There were days when I seriously wondered what I was doing at such an expensive university 7 hours away from home.

Looking back as a tenured college student, I found my way and learned some pretty important stuff (often the hard way). Declaring a major and changing it twice will really teach you a thing or two.

I learned that you don’t have to come to college knowing exactly what you’ll be doing post-grad. I’ve finally stuck with a major for more than two years, and I still couldn’t give you a concrete plan of what i’ll be using my degree for. Congrats if you’re one of the rare people who have their 10-year plan already figured out, but be prepared for the curveballs life will throw you.  Which brings me to my second point, since freshman year I’ve come to find peace in knowing that my degree doesn’t have to tie me down to one specific job field. Don’t let your major keep you boxed in to one tiny little career field, I mean what else did you take all of those stupid Gen Eds for? You spent the past 4 years in college for what, to be stuck in one field your whole life? I don’t think so. Take the connections you’ve made and the really tough experiences that have taught you what you know about things like character and working hard, and use those to your advantage in your post grad job search. Utilize your degree as a tool for your future, not something to trap you in a box.

Ladies, listen closely. This one might hurt. What might have been the most important thing I’ve learned is in regards to friend groups - freshman year, I thought I would be sticking with my girl gang for the rest of my life. I think we can all relate and know that that just isn’t realistic. Since then, I feel like I have fluttered in and out of different friend groups. With new classes each semester and new student orgs you can join, don’t close yourself off to one specific group of people. I’m in my final semester of college, and I would say there are about three people I might talk to after my time in college is over. Stay open to new things, including new experiences and new people and don’t be afraid to let go of the past. Keeping yourself open to meeting new people and creating new connections is what is going to help you succeed. It’s good to prioritize your school work, but be sure that you’re taking the time to be social!

xoxo, Hannah.

Skoller Marketing & Social Media Intern

LifeHannah Hawkins