Dear Freshman: What College Students Wish Someone Had Told Them
It is frequently said that hindsight is 20/20. It’s human nature to go through something for the first time and emerge with things that one wishes they would have done better, differently, or not at all. The benefit of this phenomenon? They usually want to talk about it to help others. Which is exactly the case in this recent New York Times article that interviews college students and graduates from across the country and asks them what they wish they’d known both inside and outside of the classroom.
The responses stretch over a wide variety of subjects, but many answers stress prioritizing yourself and your health while getting through school. College can be rough, but it is more manageable when you are healthy and taken care of along the way. From mental health, to sleep, to basic hygiene, to making sure you don’t get sick, many responses from students mentioned self-care.
Inside the classroom, many responses called attention to making use of resources available to students on campus. College campuses are places that are rich with opportunities for assistance, further learning, and networking if you take advantage of them. Students recommend talking to professors, office hours, and on-campus learning spaces. Many also suggested taking classes outside of your major in order to expand your worldview and have fun.
Whether you’re in the midst of applying to college for the first time or gearing up for finals week, these tips are helpful for anyone invested in higher education. Read the full article here.