As the remaining days of winter break begin dwindle I am left to think about my journey so far through my first year at college. So far I have experienced my highest highs and my lowest lows, no blog posts or Huffington post articles could have prepared me for the situations and events I encountered. However, so far Temple seems to be the right fit. Second semester will definitely go much smoother but here are some lessons that I learned the first semester.
-Living with a roommate-
There isn’t much you can do if you end up rooming with someone you don’t like. Yes, you can switch (that seems like a painful process and I am lucky to not have experienced it) but it makes everyone’s life much easier to try to make the best out of the situation. You don’t always need to be best friends with your roommate, while Brigid and I are reasonably close, we don’t spend the majority of our free time together and it seems to work out for both of us. With that said, sometimes you are stuck with a total loon and in those cases maybe it is best to go to your RA and get the heck out.
– Get involved! –
College is nothing like high school, lets get that out of the way first. That doesn’t mean the days of clubs and after school activities is over. I never got involved in high school clubs or sports and by the time I graduated, I wished that I had. Just like in high school, getting involved is a great way to meet people who share the same interests and values and start building on relationships on campus. You may even be able to expand your interests farther from your major and it will inevitably give you a greater sense of belonging on campus.
– Say “yes” –
Before I started school, a friend of my brother’s advised me that whenever someone invited me out to a party to say “yes”because the first few months of school is when everyone makes their friends. In hindsight, I don’t agree with everything she said. First, I will inevitably be making friends throughout my college experience. And second, I guarantee that most of them will not be by going to parties. However, I do think that saying “yes” is something that is important to having a successful first semester. It opened me up to experiences I was previously uninterested in.