I can’t believe it’s back to school season already, this felt like the shortest summer ever. In honor of people going back to school I kind of feel the need to give a little advice to particularly the people going off to college, whether it’s your freshman year or senior year these are things I wish I had either heard from someone or listened to when I got the advice (sorry Mum!), so to my younger self here’s a little advice.
First and foremost save money! I know my mum is probably cheering right now reading this but she was 100% right. When I first got to college I went a little crazy, went shopping all the time and didn’t think twice about it. I didn’t have her there to give me that real talk and tell me that super trending and ill-fitting body con dress from Forever 21 was a terrible investment and I would only wear it once. So my biggest piece of advice is to learn about investment pieces when it comes to fashion early. You don’t need trendy party outfits for the rest of your life, so use what you have and collect versatile pieces instead of collecting fast fashion.
Next piece of advice would have to be going to the gym and taking more time to make healthy choices. I definitely got caught up in everything that was going on that I didn’t always eat well or take care of myself. My adult advice would have to be meal prep and get healthy and quick meals for those days you are running around. I worked an on-campus job and I wish I had packed meals more often rather than running to the student center so often. Also, when it comes to fitness I cannot stress enough how important exercising is. I wish I had committed to workouts, or finding an alternative like ballet classes or even looking for something like aerial. I used to have the biggest phobia of going to the gym because I was always afraid of being judged, but I’ve realized that you shouldn’t care. Let them judge if what you’re doing makes you feel great that’s all that matters. My other tip is Pinterest workouts and trying new things. If the gym isn’t your thing then find classes in your area!
Keep adventuring, I think one thing I did right in college is I lived in the moment. I loved taking last minute adventures. Your college years should be the most carefree (within reason) years of your life. As long as you are studying and keeping your grades up these are the years to make the most of your weekends or evenings, make new friends and see new places.
One of my downfalls is that when one chapter of my life closes I am very quick to try to close the door and move on. I wish I had spent more time solidifying many relationships I had created. I have met so many people in my lifetime and so many of them came for college. But for the ones that have faded into the past I have some incredible friends that I continue to visit and spend time with. So my tip here is to grow those relationships and don’t let them go as soon as your college years are about to end. Adult life is challenging and can take your lives in incredibly different directions but if that person has a positive impact on your life now you can always find a way to visit and meet up with a 9 to 5. Just last weekend I spent time with my beautiful friend Courtney we met at our on campus job and have only grown closer with time even though we live a state apart. We try to take some time to visit about 3 to 4 times a year and I am so grateful for her amazing friendship.
If you take anything from this post or my tips just remember these are the best years of your life, you will make some amazing friends, cherish them and the memories you create.