Coming into college, academics and grades were definitely of priority to me especially as an out-of-state student who wanted to pursue a Nursing degree in 4 Years. And while that still holds true to now, there are definitely a few pieces of advice I’d give myself if I could go back to the beginning of first semester.
I can’t stress enough how incredibly important it is to plan ahead and to manage your time well throughout the school year. In most cases, we tend to push back assignments and study times because we’re “too lazy to start them earlier”, or “because we acknowledge the loads of time we have before the deadline”. Although I never found myself to be much of a procrastinator in high school, there were definitely times when I was noticed how stressed out and anxious I was the week before homework, papers, and projects were due. Good planning helps us create a sense of order and undoubtedly helps to reduce unnecessary pressure which is something we could all benefit from. And often times, our physical and mental health become better when we allocate sufficient time to study, plan for appointments, and even get together with friends.
Another piece of advice I’d tell myself would be to relax and have fun! College is a great time to meet new people, become more involved in new organizations, and to ultimately grow as an individual. I never would have thought I’d love Ann Arbor and its food the way I do now, let alone already signing an apartment lease with a group of girls I’d never even met before coming to the Mid-West. These opportunities and memories opened up because I was willing to step out of my comfort zone and try new things. Yes, college is supposed to a time of learning, excelling in academics, and becoming part of the leaders and the best, but we can’t forget that these next 3 years are full of potential memories if we’re willing to venture out and explore.