On Monday, student Tayler Lunn, a sociology major from Bradford, shared what she wished she had known as a freshman. Today, Kevin Erdelak of Cheswick, who is double majoring in public relations and writing shares with us what he wished he had known way back when.
1. Your money goes fast.
You may need to change your spending habits. Buying small things to decorate your room and purchasing cleaning supplies and snacks – which were once supplied by Mom – can make a large dent in your account. So spend wisely.
Taking two six-week courses per summer throughout your four years of college will benefit you more than you think. Of course, summer classes aren’t exactly at the top of a student’s wish list come the end of a long school year, but in the long run, it pays off beyond words.
3. The winter is long.
But it really isn’t that bad, and sometimes it’s better just to stay on campus anyway. (And, there may be winter-related events planned on campus that you can participate in to help beat the winter blues.)
4. Reward yourself.
College is tough, and you’ll never make it through unless you relax at some point. If you don’t have a healthy mindset, it’s hard to get anything done.
5. Don’t be afraid to change your major.
You’ll develop many different skills throughout college, and you may find you’re excelling in an area you were never exposed to. If you already came into college with your major chosen, you may find out it wasn’t what you thought it would be. Take elective courses in areas that you’re interested in and see what you learn and where it could take you.
Is there anything Kevin or Tayler missed? Just let us know.