Don’t Plan Too Much!

Don’t Plan Too Much!

Just so you know, Things are going to change. A lot. You can’t predict what you will feel or how you should react. You can’t predict how your first year is going to play out-so don’t try to. But, here are a few tips. Switch out of that 8:30 lab while you have the chance (you are not actually a morning person despite what you like to believe). Go with the flow! Getting sleep will help with this. Actually, get…

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To My Past Self

To My Past Self

Dear Past Charlie, I know you are nervous right now. There’s one hundred things going through your brain at once and everything seems so uncertain. But that is what is so great about college, particularly freshman year. College is unlike anything you have ever experienced or will experience. Now is the time that you are able to invent yourself. You can be whoever you want and do whatever you want, whenever you want. This is the time where you become…

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My Past Self!!

My Past Self!!

My freshman year has been filled with several different experiences that I definitely enjoyed. I met so many people along the way and they made my experience even better. There were several challenges I encountered, one was adjusting to the work load of the science classes. I eventually got the hang of it, but that process was very stressful and actually was longer than I expected. I am so use to to getting things right away, that is why it…

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Freshman Year Reflection

Freshman Year Reflection

To my former self, Relax. I know you’re nervous. Don’t be. While this new chapter in life called college seems daunting now. It’s not as bad as you think. You will get lost on the way to class almost every day for the first few weeks. It’s normal, and it even happens again second semester. One piece of advice is learn to say yes. While you might think that extra two hours of cramming will help, it usually will not…

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Dear Baby Jillian

Dear Baby Jillian

Everything is about to change. Everything you wanted for your future is actually not what you want. Your mind is going to change so many times, so buckle down during those existential crises (there will be many). Be more present in all of your relationships or people will mistake you being busy for you ignoring them. DO NOT get so caught up in trying to control everything because it will not work. Never underestimate the power of a really good…

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What One Year Ago Me Needs to Hear

What One Year Ago Me Needs to Hear

Dear Past Jacob, College is better than anything you could ever imagine. The friends you will make here are going to be some of the most incredible people you have ever met. They are going to be so supportive in whatever you plan on doing. Your roommate is going to end up being like a brother to you. You still are going to want to be a doctor, but you are also going to want to be a pharmacist, professor,…

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Dear My Freshman Self

Dear My Freshman Self

Another school year has come and is now quickly coming to an end; to be more specific, my first year of university has come and is now quickly coming to an end. Looking back, I realize that I have learned so many things in school that I never thought I would learn, or moreover enjoy learning. Equally as important as the academic knowledge that I have obtained, I have also learned many valuable non-academic skills and lessons–not always the easy way….

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Reflection

Reflection

If I were to go back in time and give myself some advice about the upcoming year I would tell my young and naive self the following 12 things: Stop talking to that guy at MSU. That’s too far away and he voted for Trump. Take more than 12 credits your first semester. You’re really going to regret all that free time on the weekends and all that freedom. Sike. Stop comparing yourself to everyone else so damn much. Just…

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Reflection

Reflection

If I could travel back in time to talk to myself at the beginning of freshman year, I would tell myself that I was about to have the best year of my life.  I should take advantage of every night out, of every second hanging out with friends, and every moment in Ann Arbor.  Although rush is the worst thing ever, it will end up being your favorite part about freshman year.  I would tell myself to take advantage of…

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End-of-Year Reflection

End-of-Year Reflection

When I was 14, I moved away from home for boarding school. By the time I came to Ann Arbor, managing my own time, living in dorms, eating at dining halls, and 90% of the changes that make the high school-to-college transition so hard for others weren’t new to me. I came in to college thinking it would be like high school, but with more people and a larger campus. For the most part, I was right. When I arrived…

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