Leaving the long stretch of grass, trees, corn fields, and lakes that is Louisiana was one of the hardest and also most exhilarating moments of my life. Saying goodbye to family, friends, childhood homes, and welcoming in new experiences and opportunities with open arms. This is where all those days watching from the window got me. And since stepping foot on campus, it’s like the sky is new and it’s warm and real and bright, and I’m just now realizing how important it is to appreciate the present time.
Whether you are staying close to home or traveling over a vast distance, this is my guide to savoring Freshman year at WashU:
1.) Be kind to your future self. I cannot stress enough how important it is to take actions now that will benefit you in the future. This can mean doing extra work in advance so you can relax later, or even saving that last snack for a rainy day. Trust me, your future self will be very grateful.
2.) Have fun with friends. Be social. Being an introvert, this has been one of the hardest things for me, but also one of the most fulfilling. It’s okay to step outside of your comfort zone, and get to know people and let them know you. Connections with other people will get you through a lot of troubling times.
3.) Don’t rely on others to make you happy. It is okay to take some time to be by yourself and explore campus. Often times than naught you’re going to find yourself alone due to differing class schedules and activities, and if you aren’t used to relying on your own judgement, now would be the time to do so.
4.) Join clubs that interest you. WashU has over 500 groups and organizations. There is something for everyone, from kpop dance groups, acapella groups, volunteer service involvement, and diversity inclusion programs. This is the one of the best ways to meet people who have similar interests as you.
6.) Find a balance between class and social life. Although you are at college to get a degree, don’t get so hung up on stressing over textbooks without setting aside time to wind down. We know how hard you’ve worked to get to where you are, so it’s okay to relax and have fun…responsibly of course.
Just remember that something brought you here. Fate, destiny…A car. Whatever the propelling force, you’re here for a reason so make the most of it!