9 Things I Learned My Freshman Year in College

Whether you are going to be starting your freshman year of college, continuing on through the best four years of your life, or ending your last semester as a senior I believe these lessons are beneficial at any stage of your life.

My mom likes to refer to these as “nuggets of truth”.

1. “Live in the moment”

Therefore learn from the past, and have hope for the future.

2.“Meet new people everywhere you go, not just the first week”

Continue to meet new people all throughout the year and next four years. You may not meet your best friends that first month and that’s alright. Strive to be involved with what you are interested in and passionate about. The right people will come around.

3.“If someone wants to see you, they will find a way – no matter what”

BOOM – This is my personal favorite. Don’t chase people who don’t see your value. God will bring the right people into your life at the right time. Don’t be consumed with someone else’s life, focus on your own and instead develop yourself.

4.“God is Good ALWAYS, even when you may not see it”

Trust God. He has a perfect plan for your life. It may take some time to unfold, but do not worry because God has it all under control. He will slowly show it to you when you are ready.

5.“Stand up for yourself and don’t let others push you around”

Hold your standards high and keep them there. Just because someone may not agree with you and tells you that you’re wrong, doesn’t mean you’re actually wrong. YOU decide what you say, how you act, and what you share with others. Don’t let anyone make you give up something that is important to you (choices, values, possessions, space, your voice) Guard your heart.

6.“Listen more than you speak”

Sometimes we get so wrapped up with ourselves that we need to take a step back and take a minute to hear what someone else has to say. They might just be saying what you need to hear. You’ll never know if you don’t listen. 

7.“Don’t compare your weaknesses to someone else’s strengths”

We all have our own strengths. We all have our own weaknesses. When you’re at a low do not look to someone else who seems to have their life together from afar. In reality, we all have our own puzzle pieces to put together.

8.“Take time for yourself”

As fun as it might be to focus all of your free time and energy on your friends and social life, take a day for yourself.  I learned that I need to sometimes take time and stay in my dorm room. In order for you to be able to give up your time later and help others, you need to first take care of yourself. Otherwise you’ll end up being overworked and feeling exhausted.

9.“Try something new”

Take new chances. You may need to step out of your comfort zone in order to do so. To clarify, stepping out of your comfort zone does NOT mean changing your values or your crossing boundaries. However, feel free to try something new that you haven’t done before!



Jasmine Grace