Been There, Done That: Advice for Seniors.

Hey guys, Ashton here. Yesterday we asked y’all what you want to know before college and I’m here to answer those questions! These are some things you need to know before you come to college! 

1. Talk to your guidance counselor! 

They are your direct line to colleges, scholarships, and graduation! Get to know them! They are there for you! Tell them your story, your hopes and your dreams and your favorite color. The more they know about you, what you’re looking for in a college, and what kind of scholarships you need, the better. My senior year, I sacrificed one of my precious breaks to talk to my guidance counselor. I told her all of my needs and wants about scholarships, my (now completely changed) future plan, and my college choices. Long story short, at the end of the year scholarship banquet, I was awarded a scholarship because my counselor nominated me for it after I talked to her that day. I’m not saying that you’re going to get a scholarship after getting to know your counselor, but I am saying that nothing bad can come from getting to know them. 

2. You don’t have to come in with a decided major.

No one expects you to have your life together at eighteen. It’s okay to come in undecided, it’s okay to have a lot of options of what you want to do. As you start classes, you get settled into college life, and you meet upperclassmen, you’ll be able to figure out more of what you want in a major. I came into my freshman year “certain” of what major I wanted to pursue but changed it two weeks into the second semester. It really is okay to not to know exactly what you want to do, and it’s okay to change majors once or twice. College means growing as a person and growing as a person means figuring out more of what you want to do “when you grow up.” 

3. Moving apart doesn’t mean you’re not friends anymore.

In high school, I had three incredible, inseparable best friends. One of my biggest fears coming into college was that we wouldn’t be friends anymore. One year in and college hasn’t broken us yet! No, we aren’t as close as we were in high school but that is expected! You and your best friends are all entering a pivotal part of your life and though you may be hours apart, you’ll still need each other! You may not be able to talk all the time, but if you put the effort in, your high school friendships can last. My friends and I are split between three states and four different schools, but we are still best friends. It is possible to beat the distance, I promise! 

4. It is okay (and expected) for you to be homesick.

Moving away is hard and we all know that. You are not expected to get here and immediately call it home and not miss your parents at all. Like most big changes in life, it takes time and adjusting for it to become normal. I lived in the same state, city, town, house, and room for eighteen years of my life before I moved five hours away to a school where I only knew a few people. I was homesick, and I felt alone. The secret is that I wasn’t alone at all. Yes, there are a few people who adjust quickly and aren’t homesick at all. But I promise you, it’s normal to be homesick and no one will think any less of you! Everyone adjusts at their own pace, that’s part of your college experience! My advice is to enjoy every minute you have at home (seriously, enjoy every minute you have in your bed) and don’t feel like an outcast when you miss home!

Thanks guys! Hope this helped. 

Signing off, Ashton