It’s the summer before college and most likely you’re filled with so many emotions. Some of you will be heading away to school, and others may even be heading overseas. The worry during this time really can set in—it’s a major transition time for sure. Remember this: When that worry sets in, stop, pray and ask God to pave your path.
College is fun, it’s a challenge and you will probably make lifelong friends there. However, there are some things you should know before day one, so I put together some brotherly advice for you. Here are five things I wish someone had told me before I entered college.
1. There is a good chance you won’t have a clue what you’re going to do in life, and that’s okay.
I entered college with a clear vision. I exited college with no vision. It happens, and it’s okay. Experience things, try different jobs, see what you like and don’t like. Your 20s is a time for you to figure out who you are. Don’t stress it.
2. Don’t call home every time something bad happens.
So you failed your first test at school? You and your roommate aren’t getting along? Heck, that guy you had an eye on at freshman orientation suddenly starts dating one of your dorm mates? Things happen, but try not to call home about everything. This is a time to grow—to grow into the person you will become. It’s okay to call your parents about things at times (I’m 29 and still do), but try to work things out on your own first.
3. Minor in something you get excited about, but major in something you see yourself excelling in.
Now, that may seem like strange advice. Why not major in something that gets you excited? Well, you can. However, think about this: What made you SUPER excited at nine years old? For me, it was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I LOVED my turtles. But the older I grew, the less excited I was about them. You see, our levels of interest change as we get older. The same thing can apply to college major/minor choices. Major in something you excel at—it’s your God-given gift. Use it! Are you GREAT at creative ideas? Perhaps a marketing degree would be good for you. Are you EXCITED about graphic design? Perhaps minor in design and major in marketing. Get what I’m saying?
4. Start doing internships in your freshman year.
Don’t wait until your junior or senior year. Start seeking out those internships right away. This helps you figure out early on if what you think you like to do is, well, something you could REALLY do.
5. Pay attention in foreign language class.
I know, at the time it will seem like a drag. But trust me—down the road you will wish you knew another language. Not only is it insanely cool to be able to speak a second language, but it also looks mighty fine on a resume.