Words of Wisdom for the College Newbies


My baby brother reached a milestone event in his life yesterday.  He made the move away from home and onto college. I can NOT believe he's already in college. Time certainly does fly.

All of this got me to thinking, though.  When you begin college, you think you have all the time in the world. It is four years, after all. In all reality though, it goes by in the blink of an eye. 

As with all things, we want to make the best of the time we're given.  Looking back, I wish SO badly that I would've studied abroad.  When else in your life can you just jaunt off to Europe for 4 months and explore? Seriously? At the time, I thought I would miss out on so much being away from my beloved Indiana University for that length of time.  In retrospect... WHAT WAS I THINKING? IT'S EUROPE, Morgan! EUROPE, for crying out loud!

So, tell me friends, what's one piece of advice you'd give my new-to-college brother? Study abroad? Study more? ;) Whatever it is, give me (and him) your two cents. I'll do my big sister duty and make sure it gets put to good use.



19 comments:

Alissa Kelly said...

I would say to get into a club/extra activity to meet people & gain experience in his field.
I'm not sure what his major is - but when I started college my Dad forced me to become part of the campus television station my first semester and I was there my entire 4 years when I wasn't in class. I met most of my best friends, gained so much knowledge I couldn't get in class and had a blast. It was THE best thing I ever did!

Alissa said...

I would say that although his schedule is going to get really busy and he's going to be overwhelmed- GO TO THE GYM! The freshman 15 are very real for guys too!

Andrea {blonde ambitions} said...

Congratulations to your brother! If I could give advice I would say study but have fun & DEFINITELY study abroad!! I so wish I would have had that opportunity. My little sis studied in Europe for 6 months and I am still so jealous!

Always Maylee said...

Ah college, seems like a distant memory to me. My advice for your brother is to do lots of internships! There's nothing better than having that extra experience under you belt when you graduate. Good luck to him!

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Caitlin C. said...

I would definitely study abroad, as well! And my advice is to get involved with something he's passionate about... join a club, do an internship... it's not considered "nerdy" in college to be involved like it may be in high school. Good luck to your lil bro!

Stephanie @ bourbon and glitter said...

Do the things he thinks he's too cool to do or thinks he won't like. Go to football games, see the Homecoming parade at least once, go to the restaurant or bar everyone talks about. You'd hate to graduate and meet a fellow alum who talks about all these great memories or landmarks and you're just like oh no... I never did that, I never went there. Just do it while you can!

Susan said...

Ahh so exciting for your bro! My sister has another two years left in high school so I'm still in denial that that's going to happen soon for her! My best advice, is definitely not to get tied down to a group of friends and not make room for others. From personal experience, I recently found that people change in four years and sometimes the people you end up sticking with (some not all) end up becoming different than when you first met (sometimes not in a good way). So be open to making new friends throughout all four years! You never know who will walk in, and that could be the person, or people that make the whole experience so worth it!

Carolyn said...

Find good friends and stick with them - my biggest regret in college was trying to be close with too many people and jumping groups all the time. It makes it really hard to keep up with after graduation and will leave you with a few scattered close friends, but no big, fun group to get together with as alumni. Easily my biggest undergrad regret!

Head to Toe Chic said...

Definitely study abroad and also be involved in more activities. Good luck to your brother!

Xo,
Angela

christine donee said...

study abroad! yes! something I really wish I would have done...

Treasure Tromp said...

oh goodness. I would say study abroad and find an activity (at least one) on campus that you love. Maybe it is student council, being an RA, on orientation committee or Greek life, doesn't matter - just find one thing!

Landi {Freckled Confessions} said...

Aww best of luck to your brother!! My brother turns 15 next month and I can't believe it... I love all the advice :) I want to study abroad this year if possible.

Lindsay K {lastyearoftwentysomething} said...

Oh, those were the glory days! I would definitely let him know to be careful the first semester and really try to get good grades...sometimes it's easy to get excited about all the social events going on and studying goes on the back burner...BUT, it is fun to meet so many new people! Aw, I'm jealous! Good luck to him!

Jamie said...

Get involved and find out what you're really passionate about, and get an internship in the field - that will help you get a job once you graduate! Your sister is right, it goes by in the blink of an eye, so it's never too soon to be thinking about jobs!

Also, don't sweat the small stuff. Say you join a fraternity or something, those kinds of things don't matter as much once you graduate as how you did in school and the connections you made. Of course, you should definitely have fun, but just don't let your social life overtake everything!

Amanda Raborn said...

LOVE this... my little brother started college last year and it's SO weird! I think my biggest tip would be just to soak it all in... don't get to wrapped up in any area. Whether it be grades, partying, sleeping... every bit in moderation and you'll end up combining the perfect amount of each. Oh, and be yourself. Not everyone is going to like you... nor will you fit in with everyone... but that's the beauty of college, there is SO many people and you're bound to find the perfect group if you are just patient. Better to be a bit patient and be yourself to then find a group that is just like you then to constantly have to pretend to be someone your not. And then you give him a big big big hug... because they grow up entirely too fast.

Amanda

It's an Easy Life

Kat@shop.school.sleep. said...

It's ok if you switch majors....you find out more about yourself and what you really want to do in life...I changed mine 3 times. that's a hard lesson i learned after being a biology major for 2 years and ruining my GPA and getting my first F ever!! Yeah it's ok because i learned I do not have a scientific mind, but a literary one :)

Fash Boulevard said...

oh my goodness, I know how you feel. My little sisters starts next week. So crazy. Fabulous post, love. If you get a sec, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest trend report and my big news regarding Lauren Conrad. xo

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Allison said...

I really regret not studying abroad too!!! I was so scared of missing out on a semester that I never did! Too bad I didnt realize it would be much harder to do that once I got into the "real world".

Sophie said...

Thank you. I am entering college this year, and hopefully I will be given an opportunity to study abroad. If given the chance, I will certainly do that. It's an experience that I would hate to miss out on. So I'm going to grab these opportunities by the handle and try not to miss a thing. Four years is actually really short in the long run.

So your post actually really put things into perspective for me, so thank you! :)

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