Most of you have seen checklists of what to bring with you when moving in, especially on-campus students. Beddings, table lamp, chargers, etc. You know what I’m talking about. This post applies to commuters, too, though, because compared to those checklists that you’ve seen, this may be a bit different. So, what should you have when you’re about to start college?
❑ Confidence. It’s your first day as a college student! Yay! You’ve just stepped foot on an entirely novel road, and you’re afraid to take another step for there may be a pothole or it may be the wrong direction. But you’ll never really know if what you did is a mistake unless the event unfolds. The definition of a mistake is quite subjective, though. And as per the famous saying, “You learn from your mistakes.” The point is, if you think you did something wrong, take it as a learning opportunity (Only a selected few gets things right the first time. Good for them). This is your new world. Conquer it. Ask questions. Take initiative. Be fearless.
❑ Self-efficacy. Just because you have time to procrastinate doesn’t mean you should. Just because you have a long weekend ahead doesn’t mean you’re going to put everything off till Sunday night. You think you’d have enough time, that you’d be done by the time you presumed. It doesn’t work like that anymore. At least not from my experience.😜 You’re going to have some chill classes, but there are also going to be those grueling ones. And you may also want to be involved in clubs and organizations. Time management is the key. Finish your assignments as soon as you can so you’d actually have the rest of the day to yourself. But, hey, whatever works for you to be productive.
❑ Purpose. When you’re in your bad days, remind yourself why you’re here in the first place. Why are you here? What’s the purpose of being here? Don’t get too sidetracked by the littlest things. You didn’t come this far only to get this far. There’s a point why you’re doing what you’re doing, and whatever it is, it’s worthwhile.
❑ Resilience. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us…” Sounds familiar? This quote is the epitome of college experience. You’re going to go through hardships and mishaps, but at the same time the best years of your life is happening right before your eyes. When you fall, get back up again, and remind yourself of your purpose.
I’m sure I missed some other things, but comment below what you think should be added to the list!