As my college career comes to a close, I have been reflecting on my journey, mostly when I was a freshman. There is so much advice that would have been really helpful to know at the time and I don’t want future freshman not knowing either. So here are 5 Things I Wish I Knew My Freshman Year
Take Time to Find Yourself
How would you describe yourself? What do you like? What type of environments do you like to be in? What types of people do you tend to surround yourself with? Knowing who you are is a significant step toward personal and professional growth. Your first year being out of high school gives you another change to define yourself and can help you focus more on what you love and which talents can be best applied to your professional career.
Be Who You Want to Be
- Imagine that you are graduating college today. Who do you picture yourself as? What characteristics do you see in your future self? How is this person different from you today?
- I recommend setting small obtainable daily goals to become that person who you want to be.
Focus Your Talents
- There are many causes and innovations that need individuals. Unfortunately, we cannot solve every single problem or help innovate everything. A choice needs to be made to determine what you care about most and what you enjoy doing most. I personally recommend focusing on the 3 causes you care about most and the 5 things you love to do most.
- For example, I care about affordable healthcare, access to healthcare, and access to education.
- I am passionate about problem-solving, performing analytical procedures, socializing with individuals, planning, and organization.
Develop Good Habits
- Create good study habits and take initiative where you can. Creating good study habits helps you develop discipline, planning, organization, and. Even if you enjoy a subject, the homework may demand a lot of time to understand fully. Learning good habbits now will help you later on no matter the career field you choose!