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Year one in review

 Written by    May 31, 2019

       Until next time, Ohio State! (Photo Credit: ngsp.osu.edu) 

Though it’s been roughly a month since the school year ended, it’s still kind of hard to believe it. Time seems to flow differently for college than it did in high school. During the school year, it all seemed to stretch out, but when move-out day officially came, it literally felt like only a day had passed since I first moved in.

Regardless of this apparent time warp, freshman year was an incredibly transformative time for me. Apart from random facts about line graphs and carbon emissions, here’s some of the things I’ve learned:

Always, always, always be proactive. This is probably going to be a common tip you’ll hear, but you really do need to be proactive regarding your schoolwork. College projects / homework are lesser in number (at least from my experience) but make up for it in complexity. For example, one of the only projects in my fall semester science class was to write a full-on scientific article. I found my sources well enough and figured that writing a rough draft couldn’t possibly take that long, so I decided to churn it all out in one sitting less than a day before it was due. It ended up taking me 7 hours straight to write. That is not an experience I intend to repeat, and most certainly not an experience that you want to go through. Please, for the sake of your mental health, do not procrastinate.

There’s no rush to do absolutely everything. When I first arrived at Ohio State, literally the entire first week was nothing but block parties and fancy events designed to get you as involved in university life as possible. While this is most definitely advantageous, there’s no pressure to throw yourself in right off the bat. Coming to college marks a change that affects not only your academics, but your entire life. Getting used to college life is at least as important as getting involved in college life, so get acclimated to Ohio State at a pace that’s comfortable for you.

Learn what your new responsibilities are. As I said before, going to college affects your entire life because it’s your first official foray as an adult. Your parents aren’t immediately accessible, for starters; texts and email are one thing, but they are no longer able to be physically there for you as often as they once were. Because of this, you now have to learn what exactly you’re expected to do/keep track of now that you’re an adult. Figuring out your finances, how to get food, scheduling your own classes, and so on are all part of adjusting to this new phase in your life. The sooner you figure out what your new expectations are, the sooner you can figure out how to achieve them, and the sooner you can move forward.

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