15 Things You Learn During Your First Semester in College

Only a few months ago, I was double-checking my packing list before hitting the road from Pittsburgh to New York. My first semester at Nyack College flew by. Looking back upon my first semester as I begin the last half of my freshman year, I cannot believe how far I have come and the many memories I have made. Taken from personal experiences, I have developed my list, 15 Things You Learn During Your First Semester in College.

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  1. You learn how to balance everything and stay organized.

Between your studies, friends, and activities, college life can become overwhelming. When you know what you can and cannot handle, you can determine your priorities and manage your time better.

  1. Professors will challenge you.

No matter the course, you will question and analyze various concepts, thoughts and beliefs. Professors will challenge what you believe and invite you to gain a greater perspective.

  1. Coffee is essential.

Coffee wakes you up in the morning and keeps you awake while you study. There are several coffee shops in town, and the best socializing and studying happens over coffee.

  1. Enjoy late night food binges.

What other time in your life do you have a fast to average functioning metabolism? Sometimes all you need is comfort food.

  1. Take chances.

College opens several opportunities and possibilities. You will never know what a difference something makes, whether if it is an activity, a class, or meeting a person, until you try.

  1. It is okay if you do not have your life mapped out, but plan for the future.

Part of college is discovering what you want for your future, not entering college with a set destination.

  1. Buy or borrow books from upperclassmen.

You would not believe how much money you could save, especially if you did not realize how soon you needed one of your textbooks.

  1. Find the best place for you to study, and find the best place for you to have time for yourself.

They are usually not the same. You need a place where you can focus when you study, clear of distractions. You also need a place where you can relax and recharge.

  1. You will meet people from all over the world.

Nyack College is known for being diverse. I love that no matter where you are from, you can always find something in common with someone else.

  1. People will challenge you.

You will meet people with different personalities, backgrounds, and views than you. It may be difficult at times, but you can gain a deeper understanding of people and yourself.

  1. Go into town or the city and do something new.

Going to college in New York offers an array of opportunities and activities. Try a new restaurant or café, spend a day at the Hudson, or visit the shops.

  1. Your major should be something that you love.

Know that you are making the right investment for your future. If you do not enjoy your major, it is okay to change.

  1. Pursue opportunities that give you experience for your goals in life.

Whether it is an activity, a job, or an internship, pursue opportunities that help you achieve your goals for your future.

  1. When bad grades happen, it is not the end of the world.

You are not perfect, and it will be okay. Eat that bowl of ice cream or extra slice of pizza.

  1. You will meet some of your best friends in college.

Be open to everyone, and you never know who will be that one person you wonder how you could have ever lived without.

Sarah Dunlap

About Sarah Dunlap

I am a Pittsburgh native and an English major and Communications minor at Nyack College Rockland Campus. I am a devoted dancer, avid reader, and an aspiring writer. "Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences." - Sylvia Plath
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