Your first year of college is the first year of the rest of your life. I know that everyone says that, but it really is the truth.
When you get to college, everything changes. You have to take care of yourself and watch out for yourself in ways you never have before. Yes, you may have gotten good grades in high school and had a job while being the president of the student body and you were able to handle it all. In college, all of that can go away in a split second. I know of many people that that exact type of thing happened to.
What happened to me was a little bit different from that.
I was never the best at school, never was able to get even a 3.0 GPA. I would try, but nothing really helped me be able to be amazing at school. When I got to college, I didn’t try as hard as I should’ve. I was still in a “high school mindset”. I was still acting like I could still pass classes if I didn’t study or try. That’s the one thing incoming college freshmen need to know: nothing has prepared you for college. No matter what those teachers tell you, they aren’t preparing you for anything. College is something totally completely different from anything that you’ve ever done before. With that, you CANNOT have a “high school mindset” when you get to college. Nothing good will come from it.
The college also never prepares you for how different it is from high school. You move in to your dorm, and then a few days later when classes start, you start immediately. You have no time to adjust to how different everything is. The way I describe it is by comparing the beginning of college is foreign language classes: once you get to a higher level foreign language class, they immediately start speaking the language to you, if you know it or not. They don’t give you the time to remind yourself of what everything is, you’re already supposed to know it. That’s how the beginning of college felt, like we were supposed to know everything already.
I’m just gonna be straight up when I say this: I did so bad my freshman year that I got academically suspended for a semester (the summer one thankfully).
The one thing that my freshman year taught me is to actually try.
I did not try.
And I pretty much failed the whole year.
I did so bad that I am technically still a freshman for my entire sophomore year, so one year behind everyone else.
To anyone who reads this that is about to start college, believe me when I say: college is hard. It’s really hard. It does not compare at all to what high school was.
I feel like everyone doesn’t do their best their first semester because it’s all new and you’re pretty much taking the whole semester to get accustomed to everything. New friends, new town, and the freedom to do whatever you want to do. Do not let that control you. That freedom is a privilege, and it can either make you succeed or fail.
Go to class, pay attention, study hard. And you will do well.