Five Things

It really seems like I just started college yesterday, when in reality, I’ll be graduating in less than a year and the real world will actually become real. Am I ready? No. Will I ever be? No. You shouldn’t ever be ready for anything, just prepared; you can’t be ready for life because you never know what’s next – it’s totally out of your hands. Definitely a hard concept for me to grasp, mostly because I’m stubborn as hell.

Looking back now, I realize some of the things I’ve done are really, really dumb. But I don’t regret them, even if some involved carving the screen in my room out and throwing pumpkins out the window freshman year. Peer pressure, don’t give in to it. Actually, no, go ahead and give in, but only if it’s funny. Just promise me that you’ll never buy any pets in college, especially rabbits named Commander BunBun. Don’t do it. Fish are ok, though 😉

Here’s five (a little more serious) things I wish I’d known before I started college:

1) Not everyone is going to like you. Get over it, really. You can’t live through the fact that one or two people don’t like you, focus on the one’s who do and you’ll get a lot more fulfillment out of life. Giving attention to those who view you negatively is just going to instigate more problems anyway, and come on, drama is only fun when you get to sit back and watch it. Don’t deny it…you love it when people get their panties all up in a bunch (wassup, Jersey Shore?!) My best piece of advice…ignore them, or kill them with kindness – bake them cookies, or just simply smile. There’s enough negativity in the world already, don’t add to it.

2) Get organized. Duh, right? Seriously, though, you’ve gone from a little responsibility to being in control of almost everything. Don’t just organize your school stuff – organize everything from your food to your clothes. It’ll make mornings a lot less stressful when the clothes in your closet are actually folded or on hangers, rather than in a pile on your floor that you’re afraid to touch because something might be living under it. Being organized might also save you from gnawing your arm off because you can’t remember for the life of you where you placed (or misplaced) your Cheez-Its. I know Cheez-Its aren’t the greatest, but I can promise you they taste better than your arm.

3) Get involved. No, it’s not lame to go to college events and activities. I swear. The worst thing that can happen is you go, and you don’t like it – and the best thing to do then? Leave. If you find something you might be interested in, check it out; chances are you won’t be the only one and you’ll probably meet a lot of people. More people = more stuff to do.

4) Be smart about your health. Probably one of the biggest fears of freshman is gaining weight, which is totally preventable, and even if you do gain a few pounds – who cares? Chances are you’ll be the only one who’ll know, or notice for that matter. Of course, there’s going to be unhealthy moments – let them happen and move on. Not just regarding food and exercise – but mental health as well. Don’t get all pissed off at something you simply cannot change – leave the past in the past and move on. Had a really bad day? Make tomorrow better. YOU are in control of your life, no one else, so make decisions that you’ll be ok with tomorrow. Although I know that’s sometimes impossible, especially when fruity cocktails and dance parties are involved…but that’s a whole different story. The best way to stay healthy in college, in my opinion – worry about your own happiness, surround yourself with people who make you happy, think about your decisions (because they’re ALL your own), fit in some exercise a few times a week (stress relief, too!), carve out some “me-time” and “study-time” at least twice a day and remember who you are, and that change is ok. Let it happen.

5) Be confident. If you walk around with that hounding look on your face that screams “don’t talk to me”, I wouldn’t talk to you…and chances are other people won’t either. Remember that no matter how many zits decide to show up on your face that morning, no matter how many pieces of hair are sticking up like they’re on Viagra, people will still talk to you. People aren’t going to think any less of you just because you sat on a piece of gum and it’s now dangling between your legs – they’ll probably be nice and let you know, actually. Walk with your head up at all times and people will view you a lot more positively. Friendliness is probably the most attractive attribute you can carry with you, along with a smile. If taking a little extra time in the morning to fix your hair and makeup make you more confident, then do it. Anything that makes you feel better about yourself will make others feel better about you as well, happiness is contageous, and so is confidence. Oh, and if someone’s got toilet paper dragging from their shoe, or gum on their butt…please tell them after you’re done giggling.

What are some things you wish you knew a few years ago?

Peace and love!

Meg

p.s. I’m dying the underneath of my hair today! Wish me luck!

p.s.s. I’m still in the running for the next Bora Bora Bar flavor, and I’d really appreciate if ya’ll casted a vote for me, if you haven’t done so already 😀 I’m M.Morat, by the way, here’s the link http://ow.ly/2xZqD 

 Thank you to the moon 😀

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  1. Great tips! I’m going to a community college so it’s a little different for me- I don’t ever see the same people which could be a good or bad thing depending. ha!

    But in other terms.. a few years ago I wish I realized that obsessing about food and exercise isn’t the way to go, and that most guys are jerks and I have a good thing 🙂

  2. My little sister just started her freshman year of college and I’ve been trying to give her some advice. I’ll definitely pass along these tips. Now that I’m a senior, all of this seems pretty standard, but I know it’s taken me a loooong time to become the responsible (not always), clean (just don’t look in my closet), studious (except when dancing and $2.50 LI iced teas are involved) coed I am now.

    Good luck with your hair! I just redid mine last night – it’s great to have a new look for fall!

  3. I wish I would have known to ask for help when I needed it. I won’t go into details, but if I would have asked for help, my past couple of years would have been much less of a struggle internally.

  4. Oh man, these are all so true! I really miss college. I wish I knew not to say “no” to once in a lifetime experiences.

  5. I truly believe life starts to make more sense for EVERYone once they get to college. It’s all relative though ; )

    Whenever my aunt complains about my cousins I tell her to wait until they get to school and it’ll work out. Laziness, selfishness, poor hygeine, etc doesn’t fly as well at the university!

  6. I absolutely love this post! It is so true! I am also a senior in college and these five tips are definitely what I have learned as well! Haha, I totally love the scenario you used in number 5 with the gum thats so funny! =)

  7. I feel like this is a new layout, and if its not then im sorry, b ut either way I LIKE IT 🙂

    and great tips! I think the first tip is great not only for college but for life!

  8. College passes by sooo quickly; somehow I am a junior! Good luck with your senior year! Great 5 things, especially 4 and 5 🙂

  9. Fi

    Hey meg,the five things u mentioned are exactly tbd kind of things get need to write indtudent college handbooks!! I wish I listened to friends and families when they told me looks arent everything and I’m perfect the way I am, xxx

  10. I LOVED THIS. And couldn’t agree more! You are such a little ray of positivity my lova! Girls need to embrace college with open arms–meet new people, work hard, make time for themselves (so that they don’t become THOSE (clingy) girls, hahah), eat well, party it up, all of it! So many of us head in with all this fear, and we just gotta do the damn thang and continue living life as we did in high school! Like you said, the weight gain probs won’t happen….so there’s no use in going all psycho ass on yoself and committing your college years to calorie counting and/or the gym! Stay organized and enjoy 🙂

    I love love love youu and you have truly figured a lot of it out! Makes life and college that much better, right?? xoxoxo

  11. The biggest lesson I learned in college was to be comfortable in my own skin. Worrying about what others think is stupid. If I like something, I like it. If someone else doesn’t like that I like it, tough titties. That’s their problem. If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t cater to anyone. You hit it right on; confidence earns respect.

  12. I won’t be in college for another two years (ahhhh I hate reminding myself!) but I’m about to paste this into a word doc until then 🙂

    Something I wish I knew a couple years ago: Mistakes happen, and when they do, you should just pick yourself up and get on with your life. Dwelling on what went wrong only wastes time that you could be doing something amazing with!

  13. You are so awesome Meg 🙂 I’m actually hoping to go away to school in January.. and this made me feel so much more relaxed about it!

    Thanks 🙂
    ❤ Tat

  14. highonhealthy

    Awesome tips! I’ll be finally going to uni next year and I’m so excited! I’ll definitely be keeping these in mind. Hopefully I get to have some fun adventures like throwing pumpkins out the window.. I think I’ll pass on the gum hanging from my ass though. 😉

  15. I wish i knew all of these things!

  16. squigglefloey

    sounds about right 🙂

  17. I agree with you for all 5 of those things.

    A few other things I wish I would have done more while in college is:

    Enjoy my free time: Your in college, working hard, studying, doing a million and one things. Act like your in college. Go out have fun, go out to eat, hang out with friends don’t feel you need to study 24/7 because when the real world hits it SUCKS!

    Good luck with the hair dying

  18. Jenny

    I feel like I really needed to hear some advice like this today. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts and advice to a fellow college student! Have a great weekend!

  19. Mona

    “pieces on hair stickin up like they’re on Viagra” bahahaha I loveeee u!! 🙂

  20. The biggest thing that I have learned so far in college is that some days will just suck. And you WILL get through them 🙂

  21. I love this list!! But like you said, I never regret things…mostly because I’ve learned something from every mistake I’ve made, and it’s formed who I am as a person now!

  22. I voted, sounds like a delicious combo.

  23. time for happiness

    I really love your blog and how positive you always are about everything!! The advice you gave was totally spot on, I am a junior and I feel like all the same stuff applies. Some other things are that 1) when a professor says “read pages whatever-whatever” you should really really read it 2) dont underestimate how far some of your classes are especially on big campuses–have perfume in your bag if its a hott day and your walking 3) you will probably lose your debit card at least once, so just be prepared 4) it goes by super fast so live it up!
    any way I thought I would just comment because I am new at blogging and dont really know much besides how to do this 🙂
    -kimi

  24. LOVE THIS. You hit the nail on the head sister. I wish I’d know not to rearrange my life for guys who won’t rearrange theirs for me; that there’s a fine line between being the life of the party and the girl no one wants to talk to because she’s so hammered; that you really don’t have to get dressed up for class every day, and that college is about a BALANCE- believe me, I’ve toyed with both ends of the studytoomuch/partyallthetime spectrum. You’re amazing girl!!

  25. Really great tips. I’ll remember these for when I slide into college. 😀

    I hope you have a wonderful week, Meg! ❤

    P.S. You don't have to worry if not everyone likes you. I like you, so that counts for something…

    …right?! 😀

  26. Carly in Wonderland

    Things I wish I knew a few years ago? I wish I knew to just BREATHE, how to ask for help when I needed it and I wish I knew when to walk away from situations when I no longer wished to be involved. But now I know 🙂 Thanks for YOUR tips megmo!

  27. love this post – you are so SO right. I was very involved on campus and I *loved* it. Actually, so did everybody else who was involved with me, so when we got together for our random clubs + conferences + varsity teams it was such a blast.
    The eating thing i wish I had handled better. I was so scared of gaining the “frosh fifteen” that I purposely avoided parties/dinners out/midnight snack runs. I missed out on a lot of fun and felt really awkward every time I made up another excuse. Now, I wish that I had just GONE already and enjoyed the delicious extra pound or two. As I’m still in uni, though, you can bet that I’m totally up for a midnight frappuccino or bake fest ^~ I’m making up for lost time and, surprise, am at a low, healthy weight.!

  28. I wish you had posted this three years ago : ) I’m a senior in college too, and that means a lot of looking back on the past three years, thinking of the things I did, and the things I wish I had done differently. It’s been a rocky road, not always what I pictured college to be, but overall I wouldn’t change my experiences for anything. I think I want to do my own post on this topic, but off the top of my head – I wish I had known that it was REALLY going to go by so fast (you know, everyone tells you that, but you don’t believe it), and to do something “college” every day.

  29. You’re so right on this post. Even though I’m pretty sure being an underclassmen was the most fun I’ve ever had, even if I had to figure out the above the hard way. And by the hard way, I mean vodka.

  30. I LOVE this post because I really can relate to all of those tips. I could probably write examples on every single one of those.

    I’m back to blogging…so swing by and check it out ❤

  31. WOnderful advice, I think i’ll take some if i do say so myself!

  32. Ali

    Getting involved is a great tip – it is incredibly important to build friendships during this stage of you life, because after you graduate, it can be much more difficult to make new friends.

  33. Thanks for the college tips; I’m attending on-campus classes next year and I will definitely need to use them.

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