5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Freshman Year

With finals week, move out and starting a new job, I have not had time to write and it has made me quite sad! I love writing on here and being so busy that I couldn’t, was not fun. However, I’m back! I’m going to try and plan posts for the summer to keep myself on track, so feel free to leave a comment with topic requests if you have any! I can’t wait to get back into the swing of things here and continue creating! –Mackenzie

As I look back on my freshman year of college, my immediate thought is “wow it’s already over?” I learned so many things over the course of 9 months and today I wanted to share some! So, here are 5 things that I wish I had known going into my freshman year of college!

1. Your first friends aren’t always going to be your lifelong friends or even yearlong friends.

For some people, their best friends now are the first friends they made at school. For me, that isn’t the case. My best friends now I didn’t even meet until February! It could take you a while to really find your group, so don’t sweat it if you find yourself growing apart from the first people you become friends with at school.

2. Doing things alone is okay.

At the beginning, no one will really go anywhere alone, and they feel a need to constantly be surrounded by friends. At least, that was the way for me. I quickly learned that always being with people is tiring. Once I started to do things on my own and not care, I really saw myself gain so much independence I didn’t know I was even missing.

3. Only bring clothes you’re actually going to wear

Packing up for move out is not fun. It’s a lot of work, and you always somehow have an exorbitant amount of things that you didn’t come to school with at the beginning of the year. Save yourself some trouble right from the get go and really minimize the amount of clothes you bring. Save the sweaters for later in the year and swap them out for your shorts when you visit home.

4. The first semester will be difficult- stick it out

I’m not going to lie, as much as I love my school, the first semester was awful. I was unhappy, homesick and even got pneumonia at one point. But, I stuck it out and am so incredibly happy that I did, and I’m sure you will be too!

5. It really is going to be amazing

 I never really believed people when they said college will be the greatest 4 years of my life. But, college really is such a fun and unique time of your life. It only lasts so long so soak it in as much as you can.

My biggest tip to any incoming freshman would be to try and enjoy your first year as much as you can because it definitely goes by fast. Don’t get discouraged if things aren’t fantastic right away. It took me a while to fully enjoy school, and I’m so glad I didn’t give up and move back home.

BONUS TIP: Save up your money because traveling to see friends over the summer is bound to happen! I have a trip planned to visit some of my new friends down in North Carolina and I can’t wait!


With love,


2 thoughts on “5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Freshman Year

  1. I can relate to all of these! Especially when you said your first friends won’t necessarily be your year-long friends only bringing the necessary clothes. Since high school, I took great joy in doing things alone so things weren’t too awkward for me in college whenever I found myself alone. Great post!

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